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The True Impact of the Chinese Telecom Ban on Government Contractors

As you probably know, we have been following very closely developments relating to Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which...

Congress Introducing More Legislation Focused on Cybersecurity, Enacting Some of It

According to a new study from Third Way, the most recent Congress introduced 40 percent more cybersecurity bills than the one before, but didn't...

Senators to Introduce COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act

On April 30, 2020, a group of four Republican Senators announced their plan to introduce federal privacy legislation that would regulate the collection and use...

US Congress Passes Bill Funding “Rip and Replace” for Huawei Gear

Congress has passed legislation offering $1 billion to help telecom carriers "rip and replace" equipment from Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE amid national...

Senate Unanimously Passes IoT Security Act, Paving the Way for the President’s Signature

On November 17, 2020, by unanimous consent, the United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation to secure internet connected devices—The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity...

Senate Bill Targets Government’s Response to Agency-Involved Cyber Incidents

Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced the Federal System Incident Response Act, which would revamp the Federal Information Security Management Act to explicitly clarify when and how agencies must alert the people affected – and Congress – about breaches to federal data systems. Although the bill will soon expire with the […]
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New Bill Looks to Tighten Cybersecurity Waivers for Civilian Agencies

Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced the Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act, which would tighten cybersecurity rules for federal civilian...

Proposed Rule Banning Chinese Tech Needs to Consider Small Contractors, Senators Warn

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have called on OMB to ensure that federal regulations banning the government’s use of Chinese telecommunications technology include “explicit processes” to help small businesses with compliance. Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the fiscal 2019 defense policy law bans federal agencies from procuring or doing business with companies using “covered […]
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CIA Report Prompts Call for DHS Cyber Authority Over Intelligence Agencies

In a letter to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says Congress made a mistaken when it exempted the intelligence...

California Rep. Josh Harder to Introduce Bill to Harden School Cybersecurity

Representative Josh Harder (D-CA) is introducing the Protecting Students from Cybercrimes Act, a bill which would provide grants to help local school districts harden their cybersecurity infrastructure to protect their students, and create funding for apprenticeships and career opportunities for students interested in careers in cybersecurity. Harder notes that cybersecurity was already an issue before […]
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