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 | February 27, 2020

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner (VA), is calling for passage of bipartisan legislation on securing Internet of Things devices in the wake of media reports about a malware attack on a Defense Department system which was discovered and revealed by a third-party researcher.

Daily News | February 26, 2020

A Congressional Research Service report lays out specific questions for lawmakers to consider in developing policies to manage the risks to the Pentagon and military operations from next-generation 5G networks, particularly amid heightened concerns about threats from China.

Daily News | February 21, 2020

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued final revisions to its cybersecurity standards for protecting "controlled unclassified information" by defense and other federal contractors.

Daily News | February 21, 2020

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request includes nearly $13 million for developing its landmark cybersecurity certification program, with an emphasis on "pathfinders" selected from the defense industrial base to guide requirements and services for countering cyber threats.

The Insider | February 19, 2020

A federal judge in Texas has rejected China-based tech giant Huawei's challenge to a ban on government purchases of its products based on national security concerns, upholding the authority of Congress to establish the ban through the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Daily News | February 19, 2020

A leading industry lawyer on federal contracts is advising companies to move forward with cybersecurity audits and to adopt the use of draft standards as the Pentagon completes working on setting up its landmark certification program unveiled last month.

Daily News | February 14, 2020

The information technology industry is raising serious concerns about the unintended consequences of a federal ban on purchasing products from tech giant Huawei and other China-based companies, arguing regulatory language affecting defense and civilian agency contractors should be narrowed to limit its impact.

Daily News | February 12, 2020

The Defense Department's cybersecurity certification program hinges to large extent on the establishment of an accreditation body that will certify an army of third-party assessors, with the group's recently installed board chairman saying funding and language for a binding agreement with the Pentagon on roles and responsibilities are still in the works.

Daily News | February 12, 2020

The Defense Department has announced plans for a meeting next month with industry officials to examine potential problems to a sweeping ban on the use of China-based Huawei and ZTE products by federal contractors, a move that marks a major milestone in broader federal efforts to counter cyber threats from Beijing.

Daily News | February 6, 2020

Pentagon acquisition officials say a sweeping cybersecurity certification program issued last week will take six years to fully implement, a phased-in schedule that defense industry officials say is the result of pressure by the contracting community about mitigating costs.

Daily News | February 3, 2020

The cybersecurity certification firm HITRUST has emerged as a prominent player in the Defense Department's efforts to establish a landmark program to certify the data-security practices of the entire defense industrial base.

Daily News | January 30, 2020

A report by a bipartisan think tank on countering threats from China says Defense Department efforts could be bolstered by tougher technology export controls developed by a government-wide rulemaking process, a recommendation that underscores an ongoing regulatory debate prompted by a Commerce Department proposal.

Daily News | January 29, 2020

The industry leaders of a CISA task force on supply-chain security say the Defense Department's emerging cybersecurity certification program is among the issues to be addressed by a new "tiger team" being formed to coordinate federal regulatory requirements.

Daily News | January 28, 2020

The Accreditation Body for implementing the Defense Department's landmark cybersecurity certification program has announced a full board of directors, less than two weeks after the deadline for accepting applications for the positions.

Daily News | January 28, 2020

The increased threat to national security from new technologies in cyberspace will impose unprecedented responsibilities on private industry to protect critical infrastructure, while challenging government policymakers to preserve civil liberties in meeting these emerging risks, according to National Security Agency General Counsel Glenn Gerstell.

Daily News | January 22, 2020

The Defense Department is required at the beginning of next month to produce a framework for improved cybersecurity of the nation's defense industrial base, including regulations and metrics for measuring the security of contractors with implications for software development and cloud computing.

Daily News | January 22, 2020

The first members have been announced for a board that will form an accreditation body to certify the cybersecurity practices of Defense Department contractors, with nearly 100 applications received for the remaining six positions expected to be filled within the next few weeks.

Daily News | January 16, 2020

An accreditation body that will certify third parties to audit the cybersecurity practices of Defense Department contractors is expected to form its complete board of directors by the end of next week, clearing the way for signing a Memorandum of Understanding with DOD acquisition officials by the beginning of February, according to officials involved in the effort.

Daily News | January 13, 2020

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is preparing to issue another round of draft revisions to foundational data security and privacy guidelines for public comment, a milestone for a document that has major implications for federal efforts, including at the Pentagon, to secure crucial systems and data from foreign adversaries.

Daily News | January 9, 2020

Industry working groups tasked with implementing the Pentagon's landmark cybersecurity certification program have selected the University of Virginia's Ty Schieber as board chairman to lead the process for selecting a board of directors for an accreditation body that is expected to be up and running later this month.

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