Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

A Sea Change in Handling of Government Contractor Cyber Incident Reporting?

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In the wake of increasing cybersecurity threats and incidents, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) amended its Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in 2015 to issue the 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting clause (DFARS clause).  The DFARS clause, which is included in all DoD solicitations and contracts, including those for acquisitionsRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements, Government Contracts

Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries

Published on June 9, 2021, President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting America’s Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries is the latest Executive Order seeking to strengthen national security by improving public and private sector capabilities and practices relating to cybersecurity and supply chain risks. As explained in a previous article, the first such Executive Order addressedRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

How Do You Address Solicitation Requirements and Contract Performance After CMMC Rollout?

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Understanding the requirements for compliance with the interim DFARS rule on basic assessment and compliance with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is not a task for the faint of heart. The rule requires that you accurately report the status of your compliance with the cybersecurity requirements in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special PublicationRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

In the Wake of Colonial Pipeline Cyber Incident, President Issues Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity – What Will It Do?

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If you live on the East Coast and tried to get gasoline last week, you already know firsthand of the impacts that a cyber incident can wreck on the supply chain.  As a result of the Colonial Pipeline cyber incident, a ransomware attack that led to the six-day shutdown of a key pipeline for gasoline,Read More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy

Securing the Supply Chain

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Numerous pieces of legislation and regulation have been issued in recent years to address the increased threats to the supply chain.  We previously reported on the various aspects of the Section 889 ban on the Government and government contractors’ use and delivery of covered Chinese telecommunications and video surveillance equipment, components and services, and theRead More

Topics: Cyber, Data Security, and Privacy, Statutes and Regulations, Supply Chain Risk Management