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The Defense Department released its interim rule instructing contractors on how to comply with cybersecurity guidelines in September. But with less than 45 days until it goes into effect, many companies still have questions about what they should do and when. FCW talked with two contracting attorneys at Morris, Manning & Martin about what vendors […]
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NSA Warns Defense Contractors of Recent Chinese Government-Backed Hacking

The National Security Agency has told defense contractors to be wary of hackers backed by the Chinese government, who are actively exploiting a multitude of known vulnerabilities to target and breach victims’ networks. The vulnerabilities primarily affect products used for remote access and for external web services, and should be immediately patched, NSA warns. The […]
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Due Diligence and the U.S. Defend Forward Cyber Strategy

As its name implies, the 2018 US Department of Defense Defend Forward strategy is principally reactive. The strategy assumes that the United States will continue to suffer harm from competitors and malign actors through cyberspace. Accordingly, it outlines US reactions in order to preempt threats, defeat ongoing harm, and deter future harm. Previous strategies have […]
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Anti-Stalkerware Group Still Working to Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

An alliance of security firms, victim advocacy groups, and anti-domestic abuse organizations has formed the Coalition Against Stalkerware, which hopes to eliminate technology that people use to monitor their domestic partners’ devices. This kind of software can monitor victims’ geolocation, texts, phone calls, cameras, and more. Eva Galperin, the director of cybersecurity at the Electronic […]
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They’re Here: New Cybersecurity Rules and Requirements Arrive to Haunt Defense Contractors

Alexander Major and Franklin Turner of McCarter & English liken cybersecurity regulations to the titular spirits of the 1982 film Poltergeist, which they note...

Langevin, Matsui Introduce the Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act

Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) have introduced a bill in the House to enhance cybersecurity at K-12 schools by promoting access to information, better tracking cyberattacks nationally, and increasing the amount of cybersecurity experts in schools. The Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act would establish a Cybersecurity Clearinghouse to disseminate information, best practices, and […]
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Cyber Solarium Commission Outlines Recommendations for Strengthening the Supply Chain

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released a detailed follow-up to its March report, with recommendations for how to secure the information and communications technologies supply chain. The report focuses on the recommendation that Congress direct the U.S. government to develop and implement a strategy for the information and communications technology industrial base, to ensure more […]
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Industry Alert Pins State, Local Government Hacking on Suspected Russian Group

A group of suspected Russian hackers known as TEMP.Isotope or Energetic Bear were behind multiple recent intrusions of U.S. state and local computer networks, according to a private advisory distributed by Mandiant, the incident response arm of security company FireEye. The FBI and the CISA did not identify perpetrators, but recently publicized a hacking campaign […]
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US Charges Russian GRU Officers for NotPetya, Other Major Hacks

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against six Russian intelligence officers allegedly responsible for “conducting the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group,” including the 2017 NotPetya outbreak that did more than $1 billion in damage to U.S. organizations, and an estimated $10 billion worldwide. The […]
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Will CCPA Regulation Change Again? Comment Deadline Looming

The California Attorney General recently released a third set of proposed modifications to the CCPA regulations. Many companies will likely be frustrated by the fact that new changes have been proposed again, just two months after the final version was approved. Companies have until October 28 to submit comments. Generally, the proposed modifications provide additional […]
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