DOD releases unified cybersecurity standard for contractors

Story excerpt provided by fcw.com A draft of the unified cybersecurity standard model Defense Department contractors must follow was just released, and a senior official wants vendors to "tear it up" in the comments. Katie Arrington, DOD's chief information security officer for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, announced the … Continue reading DOD releases unified cybersecurity standard for contractors

Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Story excerpt provide by theverge.com Early investments from a government agency, like NASA or the Air Force, can be a crucial step in the evolution of commercial space companies from scrappy startups to successful businesses. That’s according to a new report from Space Angels, an investment firm focused on the space industry, which quantified how … Continue reading Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000

Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

Story excerpt provided by fcw.com Defense contractors will face big changes and tight timelines over the next year as the Department of Defense rolls out its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, experts say. The framework, which aims to certify a company's compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations around controlled unclassified information (CUI), was announced by … Continue reading Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Story excerpt provided by nist.gov An update to one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information security documents offers strategies to help protect sensitive information that is stored in computers supporting critical government programs and high value assets. The document, entitled Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 Revision 2: Protecting Controlled Unclassified … Continue reading NIST Updates SP 800-171 to Help Defend Sensitive Information from Cyberattack

Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand

Story excerpt provided by hklaw.com With increasing cybersecurity obligations placed on government contractors come expanding legal risks. Bid protests challenging agency evaluations of offerors' abilities to meet cybersecurity solicitation criteria are becoming more common. See, e.g., Systems Analysis & Integration, Inc., B-416899.2, 2019 Comp. Gen. Proc. Dec. ¶P15, January 2, 2019.  A federal district court … Continue reading Risks of Cybersecurity Noncompliance Expand

SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

Story excerpt provided by hklaw.com The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) just issued its long-anticipated Proposed Rule implementing the Small Business Runway Extension Act (the Act). In our previous blog, we discussed the SBA's position that the Act would not be effective until the rulemaking process was completed. If implemented, the Proposed Rule will modify … Continue reading SBA Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Small Business Runway Extension Act

DOE to Prohibit Contractors from Technical Collaboration with Certain Foreign Governments

Story excerpt provided by morganlewis.com The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued Order No. 486.1 on June 7 prohibiting DOE employees and contractors from participating in the foreign government “talent recruitment programs” of countries designated by the DOE as a “foreign country of risk,” which apparently include China and Russia. The order aims to balance … Continue reading DOE to Prohibit Contractors from Technical Collaboration with Certain Foreign Governments

Free Workshop Available to get Businesses Cybersecurity-Compliant

Everything you need to know to meet federal standards Doing business with the federal government? You must meet certain compliance standards. This workshop will cover everything you and your business need to know to be cybersecurity-compliant, including: DFARS/NIST 800-171 compliance overview Qualifications to benefit from Senate Bill 220 (Safe Harbor) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) … Continue reading Free Workshop Available to get Businesses Cybersecurity-Compliant