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 | 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.

Daily News | October 25, 2019

The White House Office of Management Budget has been reviewing revised standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology since the beginning of the year, and the absence of that foundational document on federal data protections has stalled -- or at least frustrated -- key cybersecurity initiatives, including the Pentagon's landmark contractor certification proposal.

Daily News | October 22, 2019

A coalition of industry groups is urging the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA to revise a federal acquisition rule issued this summer that bans the government from purchasing IT and video surveillance products from China, calling for an "annual certification" process to assist small businesses as well as other steps to make those requirements more specific.

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.

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