Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

BLOG: Department of Defense Sets Course on Cybersecurity Evaluation and Enforcement

July 17, 2019
By David T. Shafer
On a limited budget, government contractors need to be compliant with a litany of statutes, regulations, and industry standards in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. This has become particularly true in the cybersecurity context.
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BLOG: Impact of California Consumer Privacy Act on Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses

July 8, 2019
By David T. Shafer and Jonathan Williams
The California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), CCPA creates significant compliance challenges for government contractors and commercial businesses doing business in California, with several states following suit. Under CCPA, fines from the Attorney General for businesses that do not comply could be as high as $7,500 per violation, with CCPA also granting consumers the right to bring private action, exposing companies to actual and statutory damages.
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BLOG: Halting Employee's Right to Report Cybersecurity Noncompliance Can Land Government Contractors in Hot Water

May 28, 2019
By Sarah L. Nash
Last week signaled a potential rude awakening for government contractors subject to cybersecurity requirements. A California U.S. district court ruled that allegations against Aerojet Rocketdyne could progress following a former employee's complaint that the company terminated his employment after he disclosed cybersecurity failures to the company's board of directors and refused to sign documents indicating that the company was compliant. Among the employee's chief allegations is a charge that the company violated the False Claims Act by falsely representing its level of compliance with applicable cybersecurity standards so it could appear eligible for certain federal government contract awards.
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BLOG: The Relationship Between Privacy and Trust

April 17, 2019
By David T. Shafer
Recently, there has been an advertisement running during March Madness from Apple that is all about privacy. If your household has been watching as much college basketball as mine has, then you've likely seen it. It's a minute full of real-world examples of how people value their personal privacy. None of those examples are particularly significant but, in the aggregate, it shows that this remains an issue that people are deeply concerned about. That concern, of course, is then applied to technology. In the ad, it is an iPhone. In your business, it is your e-mail server, your website, your social media presence and the computer and phones your business uses to conduct its business.
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When Cybersecurity Is a Hot Topic, GSA Expands Its Cybersecurity Service Offerings

April 12, 2019
By Emily J. Rouleau
The General Services Administration (GSA) recently expanded its cybersecurity service offerings for federal, state, and local governments. Specifically, GSA worked in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget to develop IT Schedule 70's Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) Special Item Number (SIN) 132-45 to make it easier for agencies to procure quality cybersecurity services.
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