Business advocates are charging the Defense Department with redlining the government contracting business to the extent that the 2011 Defense Authorization bill would allow DOD officials to secretly blacklist contractors and bar them from doing any business with the federal government.
In particular, they say this “blatant power grab” by agency heads could end up significantly harming small-business contracting because it could lead to the concentration of contracting dollars in the hands of just a small number of big companies.
The American Small Business League (ASBL) recently went public with its concerns in a dispatch from Communications Director Chris Gunn in The Exception magazine.
“Small-business advocates are concerned that DOD’s determination will be shared with each agency where the company competes as a prime contractor or subcontractor,” Gunn writes. “This could lead to the broad-based exclusion of contractors from federal contracting programs without due process.”
Posted on Dec 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM3 comments
Are the ducks finally lining up on cybersecurity? The recent memorandum of agreement between the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, who for years have been butting heads on cybersecurity responsibilities, is one positive sign.
If we depart from the cynical view, which would have this as nothing more than window dressing for the public and Congress, then we can expect better coordination and information sharing between the two departments going forward. Hopefully, that ultimately means a much better approach to protecting critical infrastructures.
And none too soon. The Stuxnet worm that reportedly devastated Iran’s energy infrastructure is being seen as the most visible evidence of a trend toward more “professional” coding of malware aimed at country’s infrastructures. Some are calling it the blueprint for a new generation of cyberweapons that will be used in a rapidly developing Cyber War.
Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM2 comments
In another case of unintended consequences, now come warnings that the Obama administration’s call to Internet service providers and other firms to make it easier for the FBI to tap into online communications could damage attempts to tighten security in the cloud.
Security research firm Securosis says that the proposal, which is aimed at denying terrorists and other groups the advantage of encrypted communications, will create “a single point of security failure within organizations and companies that don’t have the best security track record to begin with.”
Big Brother wants to surf the Net with you
Posted on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:27 PM4 comments