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 1, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis has signed a memorandum establishing a task force that will draw from the Pentagon's military and civilian leadership to counter cyber threats to critical data and operations, with an aggressive time line for specific actions within 30 days and three months.

Daily News | October 31, 2018

Senior cybersecurity officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the Air Force are warning that overly cautious system mangers could undermine protecting data and networks from foreign and other adversaries.

Daily News | October 30, 2018

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a new cybersecurity regulation -- taking effect on Nov. 1 -- that will grant regional law enforcement broad authority to inspect companies to ensure they register as a "network-using entity," among other measures laid out in China's landmark cybersecurity law enacted last year.

Daily News | October 26, 2018

The Chinese government's involvement in and manipulation of emerging Internet of Things technologies, both through investments and espionage, pose a risk to U.S. national security and economic interests, according to a new report for a congressionally mandated commission, which calls for a federal law on protecting data and privacy to counter these threats.

Daily News | October 23, 2018

A leading Pentagon official on information security questioned whether cybersecurity should be established as a core purchasing principle for the military, as described in a recent MITRE Corp. report.

Daily News | October 22, 2018

President Trump has tasked the Defense Department with taking a more active and expansive role in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks by foreign adversaries, with efforts to secure the supply chain having emerged as the front line in this battle.

Daily News | October 19, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- Defense Department officials responsible for implementing data-protection acquisition rules say cybersecurity guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- currently being considered for revision -- will lead to a government-wide approach to securing sensitive information through widespread procurement reforms.

The Insider | October 19, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology is planning to issue a draft second revision to its guidelines for controlled unclassified information handled by the Defense Department and government contractors, in order to better address "advanced persistent threats," according to a key NIST official.

Daily News | October 16, 2018

The Pentagon is taking a more active role in protecting critical infrastructure -- including telecom and financial services -- based on concerns that system vulnerabilities could undermine national security, just as the Defense Department's own cybersecurity practices are being questioned by congressional investigators.

Daily News | October 9, 2018

Harvey Rishikof, a key author of a MITRE Corp. report on securing the Pentagon's cyber supply chain, expects changes in defense acquisition rules will be an initial step in implementing the recommendations, which he says will have sweeping implications for the design of networks and IT products.

Daily News | October 9, 2018

The Pentagon should throw its considerable political weight behind a longstanding proposal supported by industry to revise the anti-terrorism SAFETY Act by expanding its liability protections to address cybersecurity measures, according to recommendations in a MITRE Corp. report on securing the military's supply chain.

Daily News | October 3, 2018

Tony Scott, the federal government's former chief information officer, praised the Defense Department's proposal for consolidating its cloud computing operations, known as JEDI, as a significant move in addressing longstanding issues related to IT modernization, including cybersecurity.

Daily News | October 3, 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released for comment its draft risk-management framework on security and privacy issues related to government information systems, citing a Defense Science Board finding about national security risks from outsourcing information technology services and components to potential foreign adversaries.

Daily News | October 2, 2018

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy downplayed the likely effectiveness of the National Institute of Standards and Technology developing a framework of standards on contractor and vendor cyber risks, arguing the issue is too broad and constantly changing to leave it to such an approach.

Daily News | September 28, 2018

Policy initiatives unfolding at the departments of Homeland Security and Defense are aiming for breakthroughs on addressing longstanding cyber supply-chain concerns, which could force major changes in how the government makes purchasing decisions, its interactions with industry in setting those requirements and the role of the Pentagon in protecting domestic digital assets -- including privately owned networks.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bipartisan bill that would establish a federal acquisition council to address supply-chain cybersecurity risks, in a move intended to "bridge the information gap" in purchasing decisions by civilian agencies and the Pentagon.

Daily News | September 10, 2018

The Defense Department is helping the federal government respond to growing and evolving cybersecurity threats by moving into non-traditional areas for the military such as protecting financial institutions and election systems, based on recent comments by high-ranking Pentagon and administration officials.

Daily News | September 10, 2018

The Defense Department is providing backup resources to the Department of Homeland Security's center for tracking and responding to cyber threats under a new formal arrangement that will be set up within the next week, according to the director of the DHS' National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Daily News | September 6, 2018

The Pentagon is working with the Department of Homeland Security in gathering cyber-threat indicators from the financial services industry as part of a model program that is expected to be applied to other sectors, according to Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy.

Daily News | August 30, 2018

The Defense Information Systems Agency is expected to soon issue a request for proposals from tech companies on providing cloud-based services that would remove non-critical internet operations from military networks to isolate cybersecurity risks, following industry comments received earlier this summer.

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