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.
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.
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.
As a government contractor, it’s imperative that you take steps to comply with cybersecurity recommendations outlined in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). To adequately prepare for and meet DFARS compliance standards, you first need to learn more about what DFARS entails and the steps you must take to protect government data.
Conducting a security assessment is an essential part of keeping your data protected. It’s not just enough to implement security measures; you need to regularly assess the measures you have in place to determine their effectiveness.
Was your organization a previous user of AMRDEC SAFE (Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center - Safe Access File Exchange)? If so, you’ve now been forced to seek out alternative secure file sharing solutions to replace the defunct AMRDEC SAFE. Because AMRDEC SAFE was shut down due to major lapses in security protocols, your organization should find an option that can stand up to the security threats that you face today and ones that you’re sure to face in the future.
If your organization handles controlled unclassified information (CUI), you know how crucial it is to keep that data protected. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 800-171 was written specifically for organizations like yours to provide guidance on appropriate handling of sensitive data.