A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

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Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II or the Act) recently was enacted to update its 2002 model by adapting to current-era cyber realities. It seeks to implement broad security programs, coordinate and expedite agency procedures, and institute greater control, oversight and preparations as to cyber threats and events. FISMA II also makes clear that new information security programs are to cover information systems for both government agencies and contractors. Furthermore, the government will turn to independent external auditors and diagnostics technologies from commercial contractors to support this expanded effort. Continue reading this entry

The FCPA Mandate in a Nutshell

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The consequences of an investigation into bribery allegations can be tricky for any manufacturing company, so it’s important to understand the U.S. anti-bribery provisions. As discussed in our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) overview, manufacturers participating in international business must be mindful of this federal law. Though many are aware of the FCPA, some do not understand its breadth and depth. Below is a bare-bones breakdown of the FCPA’s scope. While the below outline will help readers understand future posts about FCPA defenses, penalties, and compliance, the FCPA contains many nuances, so you should consult legal counsel to analyze specific facts and circumstances. Continue reading this entry

Regulation of Chemicals in Consumer Products on the Rise

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In recent years, manufacturers have seen a marked increase in state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. While the regulation of hazardous and toxic chemicals in consumer products is certainly not a new concept, particularly on the federal level, the proliferation of state regulation creates many new regulatory burdens and potential pitfalls that manufacturers must account for to avoid costly violations and regulatory scrutiny.

At the state level, the most significant new regulations are California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations (the “CSCPR”). The CSCPR were passed in 2013 and the implementation of these new regulations is ramping up. Continue reading this entry

IoT – Designing Privacy and Security Into Devices

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A few weeks ago, the FTC released a report on the Internet of Things (IoT) which provides critical guidance for all companies and presents valuable information for manufacturers on designing privacy and security into their devices. This year, there are estimated to be over 25 billion connected devices – or items with sensors that communicate with each other through the Internet – and by 2020, 50 billion. With the ubiquity of IoT devices raising various concerns, the FTC has provided several recommendations. Continue reading this entry

Made in the USA! Reshoring Children’s Products

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For all expecting and new parents, you probably have learned how quickly buying your child’s products adds up! So why would you be willing to pay more for an American-made product when you could purchase a similar product or even the “same” product, produced overseas, for half the cost?

To answer this question, you should ask yourself whether you really want to trust your baby with foreign imports. Although many items produced overseas are superb, sometimes they are not, and your new baby’s products are not something to take a chance on. Each year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) seizes literally millions of products being imported into the U.S. because they are defective and/or because the products were manufactured with lead, cadmium, or some other hazardous substance. While Customs has done a commendable job of seizing products at the border, it is able to prevent only a fraction of the number of the potentially dangerous products from making their way into the hands of U.S. consumers. Continue reading this entry