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 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."

Daily News | December 17, 2018

An assessment of China's aggressive actions in cyberspace -- fueled by its ambition to match or replace the United States as a global superpower and employing intellectual property theft and cyber espionage -- is forging an unusual commonality on Capitol Hill that could clear the way for new, tougher cybersecurity requirements to protect the industrial supply chain and overall security of critical infrastructure and U.S. innovation.

Daily News | December 11, 2018

There is widespread agreement within industry and government that the United States needs to strengthen its position for deterring cyberattacks from foreign adversaries, yet the process for developing such a widely supported policy remains unresolved even after years of debate, legislative action and an administration intent on demonstrating a get-tough resolve in countering cyber threats.

The Insider | December 3, 2018

The National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center announced today that Steve Shirley will become executive director, taking over leadership of the group following a period of major transitions and consolidations among defense info-sharing entities.

Daily News | November 29, 2018

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL -- A small-business cybersecurity group funded under an Air Force contract has decided that forming an information-sharing and analysis organization, or ISAO, is crucial to its mission in developing cost-effective measures for defending against cyberattacks, a recommendation that is expected to be offered as a model for firms across the country.

Daily News | November 27, 2018

Senior Trump administration officials have described China's cyber aggressions as a "whole-of-government" campaign from Beijing, and in response the United States is putting in motion a range of policy options involving the Pentagon and economic and trade sanctions, as well as law enforcement actions, according to recently released strategy documents and reports.

Daily News | November 15, 2018

The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security have established a “steering group” to guide joint operations by military and civilian personnel in protecting privately owned critical infrastructure, including financial services and power plants, from cyber attacks.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

The Defense Department's leading cyber policy official says the Pentagon is taking an expanded role in incident-response planning for a cyber attack, under a recently signed agreement with the Department of Homeland Security intended to boost strategic deterrence and protection for privately owned critical infrastructure.

Daily News | November 7, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Defense Department has launched initiatives for mitigating cybersecurity risks in two key areas -- supply-chain vulnerabilities and consolidating cloud services -- viewed as crucial to the military's mission, according to DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity Donald Heckman.

Daily News | November 6, 2018

The Defense Department inspector general's office has examined the adequacy of sharing cyber-threat indicators under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, among other measures required by the law, in a new report slated for release next month.

Daily News | November 2, 2018

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is praising the Trump administration for its recently unveiled cybersecurity strategy -- which in part unleashes the military to pursue foreign hackers -- while asserting that the president's divisive politics both domestically and abroad are ceding U.S. leadership on development of the next generation of information technologies and on the global data security and management standards underlying a digital economy.

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