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 | August 29, 2018

A congressionally mandated commission on U.S.-China relations is developing a report for release this fall that will likely outline measures for countering China's cyber activities, following a recent Defense Department annual review that highlighted Beijing's growing threat in cyberspace.

Daily News | August 27, 2018

The Senate-approved fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill identifies cybersecurity investments as crucial to maintaining a U.S. military advantage over foreign adversaries, while encouraging an acceleration of the Pentagon's ongoing efforts to boost the nation's cyber defenses.

Daily News | August 24, 2018

The White House is putting its sights on China -- a known international cyber aggressor -- as it develops regulations under new authority granted by recently enacted defense authorization legislation that strengthens the administration's ability to block foreign investments based on national security concerns.

Daily News | August 20, 2018

President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, is touting the deterrence benefit of offensive operations in cyberspace, as the administration has reportedly unleashed the U.S. military to pursue cyber aggressors and as high-ranking officials have pledged a more active role in countering foreign cyber adversaries, including sources indicating Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is poised to issue a cybersecurity statement.

Daily News | August 20, 2018

China's development of a Strategic Support Force for cyber and electronic warfare is modeled on the consolidation of operations under U.S. Cyber Command, according to a new Pentagon report, which describes China's push for global dominance in cyberspace.

Daily News | August 17, 2018

The recently enacted annual defense authorization measure gives the Defense Department broad authority to take a more active role in defending privately owned critical infrastructure, deterring and "defeating" cyber aggression from foreign adversaries -- specifically Russia, China, North Korea and Iran -- and securing industrial operations relied on by the military.

Daily News | August 16, 2018

The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law this week calls on the Pentagon to provide assistance to the Department of Homeland Security in protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattacks -- in line with a long-standing arrangement between DHS and private industryy on sharing threat intelligence -- as part of a pilot project slated to run through 2022.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

The Pentagon has revised its five-year-old cyber operations plan by citing legal limits and the fast-changing nature of data technologies as imposing constraints on U.S. superiority in cyberspace.

Daily News | October 19, 2017

The Defense Department's top cybersecurity official said the WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year highlighted the military's dependence on third-party suppliers which creates cyber risks that are being dealt with through acquisition rules going into effect later this year.

Daily News | August 9, 2017

Legislation offered by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers would require the government to develop an interagency response to a cyberattack that threatens the sensitive data of federal employees, in a move that could set new data-breach reporting requirements and would establish as a matter of national security an attack on federal data systems.

Daily News | May 11, 2017

Foreign adversaries are using cyberspace to threaten physical harm to the nation's critical infrastructure -- from power plants to hospitals to transportation systems -- with increasingly sophisticated attacks that take advantage of emerging technologies and vulnerabilities from the Internet of Things, according to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Daily News | January 4, 2017

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) will hold a hearing Thursday to examine foreign cyber threats, marking the first congressional action on investigating hacking since the Obama administration announced its findings about Russia's attempts at influencing the presidential election.

Daily News | December 13, 2016

The Trump transition team officially announced Monday the nomination of retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to be the next homeland security secretary, a pick that emphasizes the incoming administration's focus on the department's border security and immigration mission, over other wide-ranging responsibilities such as data protection.

Daily News | December 5, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be defense secretary offers few particulars on the four-star general's record regarding cybersecurity, but Mattis' views on an evolving military role to address emerging threats appears consistent with Trump's call for a more active approach to defending critical industries from cyber attacks.

Daily News | November 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump appears likely to assign a more active role for the Pentagon in protecting critical industries, such as power plants and chemical facilities, in an apparent response to longstanding industry concerns about defending against cyber attacks by nation-state aggressors.

The Insider | November 2, 2016

The Defense Department's rules for contractors and subcontractors to report cyber incidents go into effect on Thursday, with the Pentagon still not having clarified the procedures for reporting such incidents, according to the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Daily News | October 4, 2016

The Defense Department will address contractor liability concerns for reporting a data breach to the government in a future rulemaking, while moving forward with the bulk of a new regulation on cyber incidents issued today that affects both subcontractors and general contractors.

Daily News | September 7, 2016

The Defense Department last week sent to the White House its interim rule on contractor cyber-incident reporting, another step toward codifying requirements that went into effect last year.

Daily News | September 25, 2013

A top defense official and the head of the House intelligence committee today made separate pitches intended to breathe new life into legislation on cybersecurity information sharing and related liability relief.

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