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 | 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.

Daily News | February 21, 2019

Cybersecurity firm Symantec's federal chief technology officer, Aubrey Merchant-Dest, said President Trump's recent executive order on artificial intelligence builds off important work at the Defense Department, which is being extended across the private sector, while also calling for a standard on securing the emerging Internet of Things market.

Daily News | February 13, 2019

A senior Pentagon official responsible for data management is calling for immediate action to secure networks based on a recent assessment of threats, a call that comes as the Defense Department is moving aggressively to modernize its systems under the chief information officer's expanded authority provided this year by Congress.

Daily News | January 29, 2019

FBI Director Christopher Wray referred to China's Cybersecurity Law to stress the national security implications of indictments handed down this week against company officials at telecom firm Huawei for allegedly manipulating financial markets, evading international sanctions against Iran and engaging in intellectual property theft of a U.S. company.

Daily News | January 25, 2019

The tactics and operations developed for deterring a nuclear attack during the Cold War offer lessons on how to develop a cyber warfighting strategy for the digital age, according to a report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that includes recommendations backed by a member of a congressionally mandated commission on preserving U.S. military superiority in cyberspace.

Daily News | January 18, 2019

​The Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center is warning cyber vulnerabilities in supporting infrastructure could thwart advancements in satellite and space technologies, an assessment that comes as the Trump administration is pushing expanded military operations in space.

Daily News | January 16, 2019

Scholars at the Marine Corps University are warning the Trump administration's repeal of Obama-era restrictions on military responses to a cyber incident could escalate a situation into a full-blown cyber war, while urging "restraint" as a more effective approach to countering and deterring cyberattacks.

The Insider | January 11, 2019

The Defense Department's inspector general has issued a summary of past reports that includes a review of the Pentagon's implementation of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act and reiterates concerns about a lack of management oversight of cybersecurity risks.

Daily News | January 10, 2019

The Defense Department has submitted a list of technologies that must be protected from cyber and foreign adversaries such as Russia and China, according to a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, a move that is intended to guide efforts to secure the military's cyber supply chain and reform the acquisitions process.

The Insider | January 4, 2019

A MITRE Corp. group that tracks software vulnerabilities has issued an updated list by adding more than one hundred entities, with most of those new items posing indirect risks that could be difficult to identify or fix.

Daily News | December 21, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis' surprise resignation letter references progress on a national defense strategy that has propelled Pentagon efforts on securing cyber operations viewed as crucial to enhanced lethality, along with the letter's pointed reference to differences with President Trump on "treating allies."

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