Cybersecurity and US federal public procurements: what contractors need to know

By Fernand A Lavallee

Cybersecurity is emerging as an area of particular concern for all US federal government contractors, as well as contractors working on non-US public procurements. Even contractors that provide products and services that have nothing to do with the internet, computers or software will find they are subject to cybersecurity requirements since they typically utilise, even if only internally, information technology systems or equipment in conducting their business and performing on federal government contracts.

President Barack Obama has declared cybersecurity an issue of significant national security concern. Contemporary with the press reports on high-level cyber attacks by the Chinese military against US interests, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, underscored the gravity of the current cybersecurity environment by warning of a possible ‘cyber 9/11’.

All US federal contractors must take note of the executive order, ‘Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity’, issued by Obama on 12 February 2013, and DLA Piper’s Cybersecurity Law Alert, What companies need to know about the Obama Administration’s Cybersecurity Order, providing a preliminary assessment of the cybersecurity EO and actions for businesses to consider…

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