ITAR, or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, is a set of regulations drafted to ensure the protection of government defense data, including articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML) and all related technical data. Only companies that have registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) are permitted to import and export defense data. Each year companies are required to renew their registration with DDTC and recommit to maintaining ITAR compliance.
For federal agencies and the contractors they work with, compliance is a daily objective and concern. With so many compliance regulations – especially ones pertaining to data security – it can be a challenge to keep up with every security control that needs to be implemented and updated.
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Is your organization working to align with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework? The objective of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is to identify “a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach” to keeping data secure. This includes “information security measures and controls that may be voluntarily adopted by owners and operators of critical infrastructure to help them identify, assess, and manage cyber risks.” To put it simply, the NIST framework is a set of guidelines to help you protect sensitive government data.
In 2002, the United States government took steps to address a relatively new and growing concern – data security in the 21st century. The passage of The E-Government Act (Public Law 107-347) brought security into the internet age, and as a result, FISMA was created. FISMA, or Federal Information Security Management Act, was drafted in 2003 and later updated in 2014 to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act. If you’re subject to FISMA requirements, you may be wondering what steps you should take to comply with these regulations. Continue reading to learn more about FISMA compliance and the actions you can take to align with the standards.
The U.S. government is reliant on contractors and subcontractors for special projects. As such, unclassified defense information, or Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), is often shared with these partners. Though this information is not classified, it will still be sensitive information that should only be accessed by approved parties. This is where NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 800-171 comes in. These are a set of guidelines for secure handling of CUI, especially as it pertains to where this information is stored. Contractors may not use federal data storage systems, but it’s still essential that the solutions they do use align with NIST standards.
Does your organization need to comply with DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) regulations? The objective of DFARS is to prevent the United States military from being too dependent on raw materials from foreign countries. And complying with these regulations can seem like a major burden, especially when you’re trying to select contractors and subcontractors.
Maintaining CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) compliance might seem like a heavy burden for some law enforcement organizations. But with the right tools in place – like cloud-based file sharing – you can turn your attention from compliance back to your job.
Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) protects private or sensitive information gathered by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This could include fingerprints, criminal background information, copies of private documents, or anything else that could be classified as sensitive.
ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) compliance isn’t just an initiative that’s only a concern for those at the top. Every employee plays a role in protecting your data. And, it’s imperative that you know which employees are approved to handle ITAR-related materials. To ensure you’re meeting ITAR requirements for your employees, learn more about how ITAR applies to the people in your company.
Many people in your industry or others impacted by ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) are probably asking themselves, “Do we really need to be ITAR compliant?” or “Do we need ITAR certification?” Explore this article on how to be ITAR compliant and what ITAR certification means for your company.