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Commerce Seeks Feedback on Infrastructure-as-a-Service Regulations

The Commerce Department has requested comment on rules it will set for infrastructure-as-a-service providers to protect against foreign cyber threats, as required by an executive order issued at the end of the Trump administration. One of the executive orders that was not countermanded by the Biden administration, EO 13984 highlights the role of service resellers, […]
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Congressional Committees Drafting Cyber Breach Reporting Mandates

There is growing pressure to create a federal breach reporting requirement, both from within Congress and at the urging of the White House. Lawmakers...

Trade Group Seeks More Guidance for Agencies’ Zero-Trust Migration

The Information Technology Industry Council has called on OMB to provide more guidance to federal agencies about their priorities in implementing zero-trust security architectures. The current draft strategy simply requires agencies to complete the required set of actions by the end of fiscal 2024, without offering criteria for which systems should be migrated first. The […]
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White House Plans Sanctions on Exchanges for Ransomware

As part of its efforts against ransomware, the Biden administration is reportedly getting ready to sanction financial exchanges that facilitate ransom payments – typically...

U.S. in New Security Partnership with Australia, U.K.

The Biden administration has announced the formation of a new security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom, which will focus on advancing cyber and other emerging technology with military capabilities. Administration officials say that AUKUS is not targeting China, but that country looms large in issues the partnership says it will address. A key […]
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National Cyber Director Explores Priorities and Scope of Office’s Authority

National cyber director Chris Inglis has been setting priorities and carving out turf for his office to cover, including high-level oversight of the implementation of cyberspace tools by the executive branch. He says that part of his responsibility is to track not just what cyber money is being spent, but how it is being spent: […]
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Moving to Zero Trust – CISA and OMB Seek Comments on Zero Trust Publications...

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released its draft Federal Zero Trust Strategy under President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity...

Federal Technology Providers Take Note: White House Announces Federal “Zero Trust” Strategy for Cybersecurity

Earlier this week, the White House announced that the Office of Management and Budget has released a draft of the Federal Zero Trust Strategy—a...

OMB Drafting Road Map to Begin Three-Year Zero Trust Sprint

The Office of Management and Budget’s draft “zero trust” strategy, released for comment on September 7, is trying to present a unified approach to this cybersecurity model, consolidating varied guidance from NIST, DoD, the Federal CIO’s Council, and dozens of vendors. “The purpose of this strategy is to put all federal agencies on a common […]
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August 2021 Developments Under President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

This blog continues Covington’s review of important deadlines and milestones in implementing the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (E.O. 14028, or the...