Hawaii Officials Are Making A Cybersecurity Push To Keep Federal Contracts Flowing…Federal agencies are moving toward stricter enforcement of cybersecurity requirements for companies seeking government contracts.

Recent cyberattacks on businesses and infrastructure around the country have lent new urgency to a series of cybersecurity projects Hawaii has in the works to help local businesses and nonprofit groups maintain federal contracts by complying with stricter guidelines.

The changes could mean major adjustments — and significant costs — for some organizations that have benefited from the large military presence in the islands.

“The reason the state is doing this effort is to help educate the local defense contractor community about the regulations and the impact they might face if they don’t pay attention to these regulations because the enforcement is increasing,” said Larry Lieberman, who is leading a new compliance initiative by the Hawaii-based cybersecurity firm Referentia Systems Inc.

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