1Aerospace & Defense Insights | Top cybersecurity developments for A&D companiesAerospace & Defense InsightsTop cybersecurity developments for A&D companiesMichael Mason, Michael Scheimer, Stacy Hadeka, and Rebecca Umhofer.2Hogan LovellsThrough Aerospace & Defense Insights, we share with you the top legal and political issues affecting the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Our A&D industry team monitors the latest developments to help our clients stay in front of issues before they become problems, and seize opportunities in a timely manner.On March 21, 2022 President Biden warned that Russia may conduct malicious cyberattacks on U.S. entities in retaliation for U.S. sanctions and support for Ukraine, and called on U.S. companies to “harden your cyber defenses immediately.” This also came on the heels of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA’s) “Shields Up” advisory, warning of malicious cyber activity against the U.S. homeland and the Intelligence Community’s alert warning of Russia targeting cleared defense contractor networks. These heightened cyber threats underscore the importance of the ongoing, substantial efforts to improve the nation’s cyber defenses. Many of those efforts were initiated by a May 12, 2021 Executive Order (EO) issued by President Biden. But the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Congress and the Department of Justice have also taken action over the past year to fortify protection of the U.S. government’s digital assets. Below, we review key cybersecurity developments over the past year that impact companies operating in the aerospace and defense industry. Biden cybersecurity executive orderOn May 12, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) calling for “bold changes” to how the public and private sectors protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyberattacks. EO 14,028 Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity outlines dozens of actions that federal agencies must take, many of which signal changes for federal contractors and may even trickle down ..
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