Rick Weber

Rick has more than 30 years of experience in covering federal policy, and has worked as an editor and reporter in such key policy areas as energy and environment, health care policy, and now cybersecurity and the tech industry. Rick is a founding member of the editorial team at Inside Cybersecurity, reporting on federal cybersecurity policies since their earliest stages, and is a regular contributor to Inside Defense.

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Daily News | October 18, 2019

The Pentagon's landmark cybersecurity certification program could be scuttled if Congress ends up funding the military through a series of continuing resolutions until after the election, according to Defense Department Special Assistant for Cybersecurity Katie Arrington.

Daily News | October 17, 2019

Defense Department Special Assistant for Cybersecurity Katie Arrington said the Pentagon's maturity model for certifying contractors based on their ability to secure data and systems is moving forward, with a revised version of the plan to be released at the beginning of November for use in contracts next year, despite calls from industry and others to slow down the implementation process.

Daily News | October 1, 2019

The Small Business Administration's advocacy office is urging the Defense Department to subject its draft cybersecurity certification program to a formal notice-and-comment rulemaking process, warning the complexity and costs of the plan could undermine the Pentagon's contracting goals.

Daily News | September 27, 2019

A federal district judge has suggested he may rule against the U.S. government in a case challenging the constitutionality of a federal ban on purchases of products by China-based tech giant Huawei, in explaining why the Justice Department needs to file an additional brief on a core question in the dispute -- the Constitution's prohibition on a "bill of attainder."

Daily News | September 24, 2019

The U.S. district court for eastern Texas has ordered the Justice Department to file an additional brief in its arguments rejecting Huawei's claim that a federal ban on purchasing its products is unconstitutional, a move that comes after parties argued in court last week in a case that could determine the government's authority to counter China's cybersecurity threat.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

The Air Force is in preliminary talks with the new Federal Acquisition Security Council on use of the government's expanded contracting authority to remove software that poses operational risks to networks and systems, according to officials at a MITRE-hosted meeting on supply-chain security.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

The Defense Department is drafting a "white paper" on the use of automation technologies for developing and using secure software, which is expected to be issued later this year for industry input, according to officials at a MITRE-hosted meeting on supply-chain security.

Daily News | September 18, 2019

The Defense Department will issue a request for proposals in early November for testing the use and security of next-generation 5G networks viewed as "transformational" for the military's mission, participants at a MITRE-hosted meeting were told this week.

Daily News | September 12, 2019

The Justice Department is defending the authority of Congress to ban the government and its contractors from purchasing tech products by China-based companies including Huawei, in urging a federal court to dismiss the company's lawsuit claiming the prohibition to be unconstitutional.

Daily News | August 27, 2019

The Pentagon's Defense Information Systems Agency has issued blanket approval for contractors to handle certain data on cloud computing services approved by the government-wide FedRAMP security system, a move that has attracted the support of a former federal chief information security officer as a way for the Defense Department to leverage civilian agency cybersecurity services.

Daily News | August 23, 2019

The wireless communications industry says the National Institute of Standards and Technology has likely underestimated the vast costs for contractors in implementing proposed changes for standards in protecting Defense Department data from foreign adversaries such as China and Russia.

Daily News | August 21, 2019

A leading legal voice for the federal contracting community warns a new regulation banning purchases of products from Huawei and other China-based tech companies will prevent some U.S. suppliers from bidding on contracts, which could force the government to do without certain services and components.

The Insider | August 16, 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has delayed the release of cybersecurity standards used by Defense Department contractors, pending the review by the White House's Office of Management and Budget of related standards for protecting the privacy and security of all government data.

Daily News | August 15, 2019

Lawyers for Huawei are disputing claims by the U.S. government to argue that a ban on its products under the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act violates the Constitution, in a case that sets up a legal showdown over issues with broader implications for addressing cybersecurity threats from China.

Daily News | August 14, 2019

The law firm DLA Piper is urging the Defense Department to revise its cyber-incident reporting rules for contractors, including recommending changes to core elements of the program such as deadlines, scope and the definition of data covered by the requirements.

Daily News | August 13, 2019

Regulations banning the federal government from purchasing products from Huawei and other China-based tech companies take effect today, imposing sweeping requirements on widely available commercial items while also providing for some exceptions.

Daily News | August 8, 2019

The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA have drafted interim final regulations for banning the government's purchases of IT and video surveillance equipment and components from Huawei and other China-based tech firms, a move that will likely fuel growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Daily News | July 22, 2019

President Trump today said his administration will be looking into recent media reports that China-based Huawei has been working with North Korea in its build-out of 5G networks, while also suggesting the United States has a strong working relationship with North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

Daily News | July 22, 2019

Federal acquisition officials including from the Pentagon held a public meeting Friday that did more to frame the questions, than to provide answers, for upcoming regulations on banning Huawei and other China-based companies from the government's information technology supply chain, including such basic issues as who is in charge of enforcing the new rules.

Daily News | July 19, 2019

A lawyer representing Huawei Technologies told federal officials today that statutory requirements for banning foreign influence in the government's IT supply chain should be met through a broad cybersecurity risk-management process, rather than an entity-based purchasing prohibition that targets Huawei products.

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