Data is a valuable asset, one that’s important for businesses to protect. Because data is important, it’s vital that businesses put a lot of thought into how data is stored, used, and transferred. Opening data up to transfers via the internet can also mean opening data up to potential breaches and compromises.
NIST 800-171 and NIST 800-53 are two key publications outlining cybersecurity requirements for government agencies, contractors, and subcontractors. However, figuring out how to comply with the guidelines recommended in these long publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology can be overwhelming. It’s no surprise that many people have questions about what these publications are and what cybersecurity measures they recommend.
Are you trying to select a new file sharing solution, but you have a few questions first? Explore these common questions about file sharing solutions and find out their answers.
With numerous options for sharing files, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Maintaining data security is essential, but without the appropriate file sharing process, your data could be at risk. You have to ensure that files are secure when they are shared outside of your organization, but often non-secure methods are used to share with outside entities. Find out more about FTP alternatives, and how they could put your data at risk.
Does your organization commonly use old methods of FTP (file transfer protocol) to share data? Unfortunately, this mode of data sharing comes with a number of challenges, some of which may be a threat to your business. Learn more about five common challenges companies face when using FTP, and find out how you can overcome these issues.
Department of Defense contractors are trusted with some of the government’s most sensitive information. As such, these contractors have a unique responsibility to keep that data secure. DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) is a set of requirements designed DoD contractors must fulfill to keep sensitive data protected.
If you are a government contractor, compliance is non-negotiable. Protecting sensitive information the government has entrusted to you comes with a big responsibility – aligning with National Institute of Standards and Technology data security recommendations. If you want your data to be secure and to remain an eligible government contractor, NIST compliance is the first place to start.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) essentially is a standardized approach to securing online cloud platforms. It’s important to understand what have a thorough understanding of FedRAMP basics to ensure the cloud service providers you choose to work with are following the appropriate laws and regulations.
Cybersecurity is vital for modern companies using digital tools. In 2018, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act was passed requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology to "disseminate, and publish on its website, standard and method resources that small businesses may use voluntarily to help identify, assess, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks.” Thus, NIST now offers a wealth of resources to support all businesses as they work to comply with NIST security guidelines.
Is your company subject to ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)? Compliance with these ITAR requirements isn’t optional, and non-compliance could have serious, negative impacts on your company. To mitigate the risk of violating ITAR, you need to learn more about common violations, consequences for those violations, and what to do when a violation occurs.
If your business often works with the United States government, you’re likely aware of the importance of compliance. You also know that any sensitive information shared with you by the government is subject to the highest security standards. This sensitive data can often be a target for hackers, so it’s vital that you take cybersecurity measures seriously.