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Townsend Bourne is a partner in the Governmental Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She also is Leader of the firm’s Government Business Group.

In its first major overhaul since 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) updated its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) on February 26, 2024. The updated 27-page CSF version 2.0 builds on version 1.1 and provides guidance to industry, government agencies, and other organizations on how to manage cybersecurity risks. While voluntary, the CSF has been a popular compliance resource within the private sector, both domestically and internationally, and has increasingly appeared in state and federal regulations as well as federal grants and grant incentive programs. The revised guidance, therefore, potentially has significant implications for organizations managing cybersecurity risks.Continue Reading NIST Expands Cybersecurity Framework with Release of Version 2.0

The Department of Defense published a much-anticipated Proposed Rule at the end of last year for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. The proposed rule is our first comprehensive look at the latest iteration of the CMMC program (referred to as CMMC 2.0), which will become effective once final changes are made to DoD regulations for contractors. The program attempts to streamline the various DoD cybersecurity requirements and provide greater flexibility in the certification process.Continue Reading Defense Department Outlines Its Future Cybersecurity Program

In response to a constantly-evolving cyber threat landscape, the Biden Administration recently announced the launch of a new cybersecurity labeling program – the U.S. Cyber Trust Mark program – in an effort to enhance transparency and protection against cyber threats in the growing Internet of Things (“IoT”) device space.Continue Reading Cybersecurity Labeling Program to Increase Transparency of IoT Device Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is updating the security standards that govern the protection of sensitive government information. NIST recently released an initial public draft for comment. The document will be the third version of its existing standard (NIST SP 800-171), Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. The comment period closes July 14, 2023.Continue Reading NIST Seeks Input on Standards for Protecting Sensitive Government Information

To conclude our series of cybersecurity areas to focus on in 2023 for those who do business with the Federal government, we look at the FedRAMP and StateRAMP developments from 2022. For the rest of this series, see our prior articles (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four).Continue Reading Do Business With the Federal Government? Here’s a 2022 Cybersecurity Recap: Part Five- Further Adoption of FedRAMP & StateRAMP

The federal government has continued its efforts to fulfill the requirements set forth in Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. For companies that do business with the Federal government, beyond looking at the other issues raised in this series of posts (see here, here and here), these efforts will be important to keep in mind in 2023. There are three efforts underway by the FAR Council to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) related to the Executive Order (in addition to the Secure Software efforts discussed in Part Three).Continue Reading Do Business With the Federal Government? Here’s a 2022 Cybersecurity Recap: Part Four – Cybersecurity Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Updates

Today we continue our series (see here and here) with the Office of Management and Budget’s September 2022 memorandum requiring federal agencies to only use software from software producers that attest compliance with secure software development guidance issued by the NIST. The new requirements will apply to any third-party software that is used on government information systems or that otherwise “affects” government information. You can read our article about the guidance here.Continue Reading Do Business With the Federal Government? Here’s a 2022 Cybersecurity Recap: Part Three – Secure Software Development Attestation Requirements

In this second in our series, we look at the long awaited update to NIST SP 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations,” which is expected to be released in late spring 2023. NIST SP 800-171 forms the backbone for contractor security requirements in Department of Defense regulations and the CMMC program. It remains unclear if this update will impact the rollout of the CMMC program. Continue Reading Do Business With the Federal Government? Here’s a 2022 Cybersecurity Recap: Part Two – NIST SP 800-171, Revision 3

As we get settled into the New Year it is a good time to reflect on your company’s current data security and plans for 2023. In this five-part series, we reflect on the top important cybersecurity developments for companies that do business with the federal government (whether directly or as a supplier or reseller) and what we anticipate in the new year.Continue Reading Do Business With the Federal Government? Here’s a 2022 Cybersecurity Recap: Part One – CMMC Developments

The White House recently hosted a group of industry and government partners to discuss the development and implementation of an Internet of Things (IoT) labeling program. This program would develop a common label to help consumers easily recognize which devices meet the highest cybersecurity standards to protect against vulnerabilities. Continue Reading White House Aims for Spring 2023 Rollout of Internet of Things Labeling Program

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is seeking input on various aspects of proposed incident reporting regulations under the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (discussed here). CISA issued a Request for Information (RFI) and has scheduled a number of listening sessions across the country. Written comments may be submitted until November 14, 2022.Continue Reading CISA Seeking Input on Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure