GovCon & Cyber Weekly Debrief (4/27–5/1)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers a number of interesting topics, including satellite cybersecurity, CMMC-AB's continuous monitoring RFP, VA's $96 million IT modernization task order, and 8 steps to fully funding the Air and Space Forces.
"The space industry has experienced major changes in recent years: more federal contractors play the field, the U.S. is diverting NASA funds from space exploration to private-public partnerships, and the administration established the U.S. Space Force. Given these developments, 2020 sits poised to be a watershed year with rapid innovation in 5G and 6G, advances in private satellite technology and increased demand for global high-speed connectivity."
"The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) — the new third-party cybersecurity testing program that applies to all Department of Defense contractors — is off to a turbulent start. A recent request for proposals posted by the CMMC accreditation body, the nonprofit that will play an essential role in overseeing the training and certification of assessors, caught many companies and military officials off guard."
"The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency was formally designated as a storefront for cybersecurity, the Office of Management and Budget announced April 27, allowing it to offer cyber services to other federal agencies."
"Accenture Federal Services will provide a variety of IT services to help the Department of Veterans Affairs respond to the coronavirus pandemic as part of a $96 million task order for modernization services."
"Job layoffs and lost revenue are common symptoms of COVID-19 for defense-focused small business; recent surveys and qualitative evidence find contractors struggling over the past few months. However, small businesses working with the Defense Department are at least partially insulated from most dramatic economic effects of the coronavirus crisis."
"Amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, one steadying force has been our nation’s military. U.S. troops have rallied to construct and man emergency health centers in cities from coast to coast, transported vital medical supplies, and continued operating around the globe."
This week's Weekly Debrief covers interesting topics, including the cost to launch a cyberattack, LabCorp facing a lawsuit claiming failure to address security problems, cyber insurance coverage gaps, and COVID-19 privacy issues.
"Companies spend big to defend their networks and assets from cyber threats. Kaspersky Labs has found security budgets within enterprises average around $9 million per year. On top of that, data breaches cost companies millions of dollars. Yet, cheap, relatively easy-to-use off-the-shelf hacking tools make the barrier to entry for cybercriminals incredibly low."
"Investors have filed a lawsuit against LabCorp, claiming that the company's board failed to address security problems that led to financial losses. As reported by Bloomberg Law, LabCorp's chief executive, chief information officer, and chief financial officer are specifically named in the Delaware court case, which accuses them of ignoring "persistently deficient cybersecurity measures" that led to a data breach and malware infection."
"The majority of businesses are insured against traditional cyber risks, such as breaches of personal information, but most remain vulnerable to emerging risks, such as malware and ransomware, revealing a potential gap in their insurance coverage."
"Encouraging an open debate about the secondary use of data and the preservation of privacy must be central to any preparations for the inevitable second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, Dr Charles Alessi, chief clinical of officer of HIMSS, has said during a Public Policy Projects discussion, COVID-19 Planning for the Future."
"A group of Republican U.S. senators said Thursday they would introduce legislation to address consumer privacy concerns surrounding technology companies’ efforts to help build contact tracing apps to fight the new coronavirus outbreak."
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