In 2016, the dangers presented by an increasingly digital world clearly were on display. A cyber-attack using an army of Internet of Things devices interfered with the operations of major commercial websites.
And the Presidential Election was plagued with allegations of state-sponsored cybersecurity hacking (for which the Obama Administration just issued sanctions against the Russian government).
Cybersecurity threats are unlikely to cede the spotlight in the coming year. Indeed, Marcel Lettre, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence recently described cybersecurity as a “political, economic, diplomatic and military challenge” that is “evolving and growing more acute over time.”
As repositories for some of the Government’s most sensitive data, contractors face increasing regulatory obligations for protecting that data from cyber-attacks. Highlighted below are some of the key regulatory actions taken in 2016 to further this goal. And, as described further below, cybersecurity remains a focus for the Government for the year ahead.
See some of the key cybersecurity regulatory actions impacting contractors here: https://www.insidegovernmentcontracts.com/2016/12/cybersecurity-changes-expected-contractors-2017/