Cyber Security

Lawmakers and Regulators Recognize Crypto and Blockchain Present Unique Problems for Traditional Enforcement Mechanisms

Congressional Democrats Seek Increased Oversight Into Crypto Matters Following Ransomware Attacks A group of Democratic senators and congressmen are calling on the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Department of the Treasury, and Homeland Security to beef up efforts to protect against the recent wave of ransomware attacks. The group, comprised of senators...
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DOJ Announces Creation of Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

Posted on October 8, 2021
On October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (“NCET”) to investigate and prosecute criminal misuses of cryptocurrency. NCET’s particular focus will be on crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors, to include the tracing and recovery...
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Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative to Hold Government Contractors Responsible for Cybersecurity

On October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative (the “Initiative”) to combat cyber threats, specifically to sensitive information and critical systems of the United States Government (USG). In launching the Initiative, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco made clear that a primary focus of the Initiative is to...
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Archive360 Podcast Episode 12: Details of President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Posted on July 7, 2021
In the latest episode from Archive360, Bill Tolson and special guests Tyson Marx, Senior Associate at Ward & Berry and Chelsea Padgett, Associate at Ward & Berry discuss the details of President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity. Aimed specifically at the federal government and their agencies, the three main points of the order include...
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President Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order a “Big ___ Deal” For Federal Contractors

On May 12, 2021, President Biden issued a lengthy Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (the “Executive Order”). The senior administration official providing a background press call that evening explained that the Executive Order: makes “a down payment towards modernizing our cyber defenses” reflects “a fundamental shift in our mindset – from incident...
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The DOD’s New CMMC Requirements and the False Claims Act

Recent well publicized data breaches pertaining to Department of Defense (DoD) unclassified information have caused the DoD to adopt new regulations for contractors who might be handling unclassified information for the DoD. On September 29, 2020, the DoD issued an interim rule aimed at implementing its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. There is...
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