Topic Archives: Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cybersecurity
June 27, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cry, Cry Again: More Global Ransomware Attacks Reported

It is being widely reported that a new wave of cyberattacks is currently hitting companies and governments. The attack has spread around the globe in a matter of hours, affecting the Ukrainian government, Russian enterprises, and other companies throughout Western Europe. Just like the WannaCry ransomware that struck worldwide in May, the new attacks apparently ...›

June 26, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities

On June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive surveillance powers to law enforcement authorities. The new law, once in force, will allow law enforcement to covertly install software on end user devices allowing the interception of ongoing communications via Internet services such as WhatsApp or Skype. These ...›

Cybersecurity
June 1, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

MoFo and ACC Seminar: Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting

On June 14, 2017, Morrison & Foerster partners Jay DeVecchio and Tina Reynolds will participate in a Government Contractors Forum Boot Camp on Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting sponsored by Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region. Their panel will provide practice pointers and practical considerations for contractors that offer their software ...›

Cybersecurity
May 23, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack could have been prevented. Here’s what businesses need to know.

By now everyone has heard about last week’s unprecedented cyber attack, in which a piece of ransomware known as “WannaCry” wreaked havoc across the world, impacting more than 150 countries and crippling hundreds of organizations—from global businesses to government entities and even Britain’s National Health Service. As the attack made abundantly clear, the public and ...›

Cybersecurity
March 29, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Can Border Agents Search Your Phone?

There have been numerous reports from individuals entering the U.S. of border agents searching their phones and laptop computers. Many of those individuals are U.S. citizens. Although these events have been in the news recently and appear to be on the rise, this practice is not new. According to CNN, quoting a U.S. customs agency ...›

Cybersecurity
March 2, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cybersecurity and Government Contracting

Recent highly publicized cyber hacks and data leaks have brought increased federal government interest and involvement in cybersecurity matters related to government contractors. In 2016 we saw a new crop of cyber-related regulations, including the FAR clause for “Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information”, the NARA final rule on Controlled Unclassified Information, and revised DFARS regulations ...›

Cybersecurity
February 16, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

IP in Government Contracts: Developments to Watch in 2017

In 2017, a big intellectual property and government contracts issue will be the government’s acquisition of rights in a company’s proprietary software.  Data rights for government contractors has been defined and redefined over the past five years.  As a result, government contractors need to pay careful attention to what is categorized as reintegration and segregation ...›

February 16, 2017Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Resources

The Bayh-Dole Act

The Bayh-Dole Act allocates rights for intellectual property developed with federal funds between contractors or grant recipients and the government.  This infographic provides an overview of the Bayh-Dole Act, the steps that must be followed for contractors/grantees to retain ownership of title to IP, and the potential consequences of not following these rules. ...›

Small Business

Problems Abound with DOD’s Proposed IRAD Rule

On November 4, 2016, the Department of Defense proposed a new rule applicable to major defense contractors who expect to use future independent research and development (“IRAD”) to perform DoD contracts.  The proposed rule requires DoD agencies to assign an evaluation cost penalty to the proposed price of any contractor expecting to receive reimbursement from ...›