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Biden Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 12, 2021 President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, which we previewed in a recent post, into law. The fifteen-page document includes various cybersecurity enhancement recommendations such as the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and review and revision of governmental procedures, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), all with associated timelines for completion.

How To Prepare for the Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 12, 2021 President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity into law. In spite of being only fifteen pages in length, the executive order is detailed and complex. It’s quite easy to become overwhelmed by the dependencies between requirements and deadlines for completion. In this document, we have attempted to reduce this complexity by highlighting certain key aspects of the executive order and suggesting actions that can be taken now to help prepare your…

Why 2021 is Shaping Up to be the Year of the SBOM

The software bill of materials (SBOM) is on its way to being recognized as a key security document and the primary enabler of software transparency across all industries. In healthcare, FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) included the SBOM in the first draft of their Premarket Guidance in 2018, but they referred to it as a CBOM (Cybersecurity Bill of Materials). Today, SBOM, which is a detailed list of software components found in a product or system, has become the more accepted terminolog…

White House Considers Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) Critical

The recent SolarWinds attack report, which we summarized in a recent post, hinted at possible executive action as a response to the massive assault. That possibility has been realized, and a Biden administration executive order, requiring enhanced cybersecurity measures including the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), is expected any day now.  A National Security Council spokeswoman was recently quoted as saying that the SolarWinds attack showed that the “federal government needs to be a…

Software Bill of Materials Help to Defend Against Cyberattacks

On February 17, 2021, a remarkable White House press briefing addressed possible executive action in the wake of the SolarWinds attack, the most systematic hack of the U.S. government in history. In mid-February, the United States White House held a press briefing and announced possible executive action in response to a recent attack against some critical US agencies, including the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Justice. The recent hack, referred to as the Sol…

Two Key Device Security Documents Hospitals Need Now

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When it comes to medical device security risk, hospitals are largely in the dark. By deploying medical devices without a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and/or an MDS2, they have no good way to know their actual vulnerability to cyberattacks, at least not without a lot of manual effort. When it comes to medical device security risk, hospitals are largely in the dark. By deploying medical devices without a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and/or an MDS2, they have no good way to know the…
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