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 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.

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.

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