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 | 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.

Daily News | June 20, 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued draft cybersecurity guidelines for defense contractors that call for full-time security operation centers to counter advanced threats, among other recommendations for such sophisticated activities as threat-hunt capabilities and automated analytics.

Daily News | June 19, 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued for public comment draft guidelines for securing sensitive data relied on by weapon systems from attack by foreign adversaries, in response to a request for tougher requirements from the Defense Department.

Daily News | June 10, 2019

China poses the greatest risks to U.S. national security since the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and may eventually surpass U.S. military superiority based in part on Beijing's investments in cyberspace capabilities that can project both economic and fighting power, according to leading defense policy strategists.

Daily News | June 5, 2019

The Defense Department and NASA have announced a public meeting next month to get industry advice and concerns about implementing a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from China-based companies Huawei and ZTE, prior to an August deadline under the defense authorization law enacted last year.

Daily News | May 2, 2019

The Federal Acquisition Security Council held its first meeting this week to begin developing a national strategy for securing the government's supply chain from cyber and other threats, with the Defense Department's strict cybersecurity rules likely to serve as a model.

Daily News | March 18, 2019

A defense industry group involved in tracking and sharing cyber threats has set up an office to provide analysts for the fledgling Air and Space Information Sharing and Analysis Organization located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Daily News | March 7, 2019

The software industry is urging the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to address supply-chain risks in drafting the upcoming defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2020, indicating concerns that ongoing efforts to cleanse the system of foreign influences and other vulnerabilities could run counter to the global nature of the tech sector.

Daily News | March 6, 2019

Leading industry lawyers on data privacy and security requirements say an upcoming federal acquisition rule will affect industries beyond contractors by extending strict controls currently used by the Defense Department to all federal agencies.

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