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 | January 9, 2020

President Trump is asserting executive privilege to withhold annual reporting of military operations in cyberspace to senior members of Congress, based on his signing statement last month in enacting the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

Daily News | January 3, 2020

The next two months could be crucial for the federal government's landmark efforts in setting cybersecurity requirements for contractors and agencies to protect national security and other information from foreign adversaries, with a proposed rule later this month and comments due in February on banning Huawei and other China-based tech products.

Daily News | December 30, 2019

A leading defense acquisition policy researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies is warning the Pentagon about moving too fast on its landmark cybersecurity certification program before testing its effectiveness on a handful of companies and fully assessing its costs.

Daily News | December 20, 2019

Industry-based working groups backed by the Pentagon are seeking broader input on developing an accreditation body for certifying third-party cybersecurity assessments of defense contractors, as Defense Department officials race forward with plans to sign an agreement next month with the private sector on oversight of the landmark certification program.

Daily News | December 17, 2019

The Defense Department has issued a draft plan for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that addresses the highest levels of risks for contractors and relies on security controls developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that are still under review.

Daily News | December 13, 2019

The America's Small Business Development Centers this week is hosting the first of what is expected to be dozens of classes throughout the country over the next couple of months that are intended to prepare companies for the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification plan expected to be finalized early next year.

Daily News | December 12, 2019

The Defense Department has convened a series of industry working groups to develop recommendations for creating an accreditation body that will be central to a cybersecurity certification program for Pentagon contractors expected to be up and running next year.

Daily News | December 11, 2019

An agreement by the House and Senate on the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill contains numerous cybersecurity provisions, including an expansion of past cyber acquisition reforms targeting foreign adversaries such as China and Russia, and a requirement that the Defense Department develop a strategy for securing next-generation 5G networks crucial to warfare in the digital age.

Daily News | December 11, 2019

The Defense Department called a meeting last week with contractors and standards-writing bodies that included presentations from several working groups on recommendations for establishing a cybersecurity certification program, an event that underscores the Pentagon's breakneck pace for creating the landmark program even while core elements remain unresolved.

Daily News | November 26, 2019

The Professional Services Council, which convened a lively meeting on behalf of Pentagon acquisition officials last week, is seeking industry input on the "additional activities" of an accreditation body that will establish the requirements for third-party auditors expected to certify the cybersecurity compliance of up to several hundred thousand defense contractors beginning next year.

Daily News | November 21, 2019

The Defense Department is planning a December meeting to begin discussions with industry and standards-writing groups on a binding agreement to establish an accreditation body for auditors under a landmark cybersecurity certification program that the Pentagon expects to be "operational" by January.

Daily News | November 19, 2019

A bipartisan group of senators is pressing new White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien to establish a telecommunications security coordinator, citing concerns about China and the development of next-generation 5G networks and arguing federal efforts lack a "coherent national strategy."

Daily News | November 14, 2019

The congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued its annual report this morning, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping is pressing the military to up its investments in cyber warfare despite progress over the past several years by the People's Liberation Army in developing cyber defensive and offensive capabilities.

Daily News | November 12, 2019

The Pentagon's "defend forward" cyber strategy was the focus of lively discussion by an American Bar Association panel of national security lawyers late last week, who described the more active approach to countering foreign adversaries as a response to a failed U.S. deterrence posture -- which is also forcing a rethinking of key international norms and the relationship between the military and private sector in defending critical national functions.

Daily News | November 8, 2019

The Defense Department's acquisition office has released its much-anticipated latest draft of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, focusing on the most basic security controls while work continues on requirements for securing the most critical data and systems from "advanced persistent threats."

Daily News | November 7, 2019

The Pentagon's acquisition office is seeking industry input on establishing an accreditation body for third-party auditors as part of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, expected to be rolled out in some form next year.

Daily News | November 7, 2019

Tech giant Huawei is rejecting the U.S. government's claim that the Constitution's Bill of Attainder Clause -- which prohibits legislative action declaring guilt -- does not apply to companies, in urging a federal court to strike down a ban on federal purchases of its products and components as part of the build-out of next-generation 5G networks.

Daily News | October 30, 2019

The Pentagon's top policy official in the Obama administration is raising warnings about the cyber threats from foreign adversaries such as Russia and China, as conflicts move to a "grey zone" of electronic warfare and advance outages.

Daily News | October 29, 2019

The National Defense Industrial Association has issued a report that emphasizes the important role that insurance companies can play in helping smaller businesses get certified -- and stave off potential supply shortages -- under an emerging Defense Department program that would establish baseline cybersecurity requirements for vendors and service providers.

Daily News | October 28, 2019

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency task force on supply-chain security was briefed by a Defense Department official who laid out an aggressive schedule for the Pentagon's plan to certify the cybersecurity practices of contractors, with final revisions expected in December and a "transition" to implementation in January.

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