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DOJ Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative and Cyber Incident Response and Reporting

The North Carolina Military Business Center and Kaufman & Canoles, P.C, a full-service business and government contracts law firm, will host a “DOJ Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative and Cyber Incident Response and Reporting” webinar.

When:  January 12th, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 am

This presentation will provide participants with general information about legal issues surrounding cyber incident response and reporting and the implications of the DOJ Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative. It will not provide legal advice. Each situation is different.  Participants must understand that information and conclusions presented may not apply to them or their specific circumstances. This presentation is not an offer to represent specific participants or to establish an attorney-client relationship with them.

About:  The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative in early October and plans to go after federal contractors that fail to report cybersecurity incidents to the U.S. government. The Initiative also allows the DOJ to use its authorities under the False Claims Act to fine government contractors that fail to follow required cybersecurity standards. CMMC 2.0 eliminated four practices in the Incident Response Domain, but the requirement to report cyber incidents to the DoD are still in effect. The Senate Cyber Incident Reporting Bill will require government contractors to report cyber incidents within 72 hours of their discovery and to report ransomware payments within 24 hours.

How can government contractors make sense of these new – and often conflicting – requirements? Attorneys from Kaufman & Canoles, P.C will address these issues and more during the webinar.


  • Joe Houchin is Of Counsel in Kaufman & Canoles’ Raleigh office, where he represents clients under investigation or charged with criminal offenses in state and federal court. He has achieved favorable results for clients facing a variety of white-collar crimes including healthcare fraud, government/military procurement fraud, tax fraud, embezzlement, computer trespass, and other types of alleged corporate malfeasance. Joe has helped clients avoid criminal charges altogether by successfully navigating government and law enforcement investigations including with the FBI, the IRS, the Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, the NC Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit, and the NC State Board of Elections.  With vast experience handling criminal cases, Joe also represents professionals and executives with select sensitive matters.

    Joe also maintains a business law and regulatory compliance practice representing the needs of North Carolina employers and entrepreneurs. Along with general representation of small businesses, he focuses on working with clients in the heavily regulated hemp/CBD and sweepstakes/skill-based games industries to ensure compliance and avoid agency enforcement action, civil liability, and criminal charges. Additionally, Joe has represented more than 150 businesses before the NC Industrial Commission facing civil penalties and contempt actions for workers’ compensation noncompliance.

    Joe has represented employers for administrative appeals before a variety of government agencies and professional licensing boards including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, the North Carolina Department of Revenue, and the North Carolina Code Qualifications Board. He gratefully serves by appointment as a member of the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.  Joe earned his B.A. from George Mason University and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. 
  • Pat O’Donnell has more than 30 years of experience advising clients in civil litigation, federal white-collar criminal defense, and government contract matters.  Additionally, he specializes in compliance training and counseling, internal investigations, construction law, admiralty and maritime law, and U.S. export and import control laws (ITAR and EAR).  Pat is a member of Kaufman & Canoles’ Litigation, Government Contracts and Defense Industries, International Trade, and Maritime practice groups.  Pat earned his B.S. from Radford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 4,050 contracts – minimum value at $15.77 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through August 2021
  • FY2020: Federal agencies awarded $9.5 billion in prime contracts to companies in 97 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2020: Department of Defense awarded $6.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1







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