Archive for November, 2012

Cybersecurity News: The Senate defeats Cybersecurity Legislation…again!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On Wednesday, November 15, 2012, the Senate once again defeated cybersecurity legislation backed by President Barack Obama. The bill failed to get the 60 votes necessary to bring it up for passage, with only 51 senators backing the measure.

“It to some degree hardens the lines of division, which makes it more likely we’ll see an executive order, rather than an attempt to revive the legislation in the near term,” said Stewart Baker, a former Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for policy.

And that is exactly what many expect President Obama to do.

“The only other thing that can produce legislation is a major cybersecurity meltdown,” said Brown.

And according to a National Academy of Sciences report last week, this too is a very real possibility. The report noted the ability of terrorists to attack the power grid and damage hard-to-replace components, blacking out large segments of the United States for weeks or even months.

In fact, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated that a cyber attack could be as destructed as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The defeated cybersecurity bill, first introduced in February on 2012 by Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would have created voluntary cybersecurity standards for companies operating critical infrastructures (power grids, nuclear and chemical plants, and more). The bill would have also encouraged the sharing of information between these companies and the government regarding cyber threats.

So what’s next for our country’s cybersecurity?

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Source: Cybersecurity bill’s death opens door for Obama executive order

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Federal Procurement News: Small Businesses Grasp for Government Contracts

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Over the years, small businesses have struggled to break into the federal procurement arena, relegated to working as subcontractors to larger firms required to set aside a certain amount of work for small businesses. And unfortunately for small business owners, times may be getting tougher.A federal rule change in March has reclassified the definition of “Small Business” for the first time in 25 years, expanding the scope of qualification to include more midsize companies.

As you can imagine, small business owners are worried.

“Some of us like to maintain a boutique firm and smaller staff,” said Nati Soto, the owner of a small Miami architectural firm. “But it’s becoming very difficult in federal business.”

Small businesses are now expected to see increased competition for government contracts in a number of industries following the Small Business Administration’s redefining of the term “small business.”

“If you talk to small businesses that are working on getting government contracts, it’s already extremely difficult,” said Brian Reeder, spokesman for the American Small Business League. “Now that they have to compete against these midsize companies — and in some industries, they shot the standard up so high, it’s really big companies — it’s virtually impossible to get contracts, especially a new small firm trying to get into the market.”

Are you worried?

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