The Department of Defense (DoD) frequently handles sensitive information. To keep this information protected, the DoD can only work with businesses that are able to prove they have strong cyber security practices in place. At E-N Computers, we can help your organization meet the DoD’s cyber security standards with our DFARS compliance services.
What is DFARS Compliance?
Any third-party vendor the U.S. government contracts needs to be able to keep the information they’re given safe and secure. This requires strong cyber security that can stand up to even the worst cyberattacks. To ensure vendors live up to these security standards, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) was created to safeguard unclassified data from DoD.
The DFARS covers the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) as a requirement for all contractors doing business with the DoD. It is a part of a greater cyber security initiative from the DoD called Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), a measure to normalize and standardize cyber security preparedness. The rules are composed of stringent federal cyber security policies that enact the requirements laid out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), specifically NIST SP 800-171.
At E-N Computers, we have DFARS compliance experts who can help contractors, like you. We can equip your organization with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve both DFARS and NIST compliance as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Stay Compliant With E-N Computers
Our team has years of experience in helping businesses not only achieve cyber security compliance, but also maintain compliance.
The Importance of Compliance
Remaining compliant allows you to better protect sensitive information like CUI. It also allows you to avoid the penalties that could come from noncompliance. However, these aren’t the only benefits that come with following regulations. It can also give you an advantage over your competition in earning government contracts. The government is more likely to reward you with a contract when you have a good history of maintaining compliance.
IT Compliance Audit
To help our clients become compliant with DFARS regulations, we can perform an IT compliance audit. The first step of the audit is to identify the rules and laws that apply to your business. This helps us to understand how your existing cyber security measures stack up to the requirements and what needs to be added. Armed with this knowledge, we can proceed to the second step of implementing technology, workflow processes, and staff training. Working closely with you, our team can ensure your cyber security is strong enough to withstand any cyberattack.
The Minimum Requirements of DFARS
Although the rules can change as new cyber threats emerge, the requirements that DFARS requests of contractors is fairly straightforward. To meet the minimum requirements, contractors must:
- Provide adequate security to safeguard defense information that resides in or transits through your internal unclassified information systems.
- Quickly report cyber incidents and cooperate with the DoD to respond to these security incidents.
Meeting these requirements is an attainable goal for your business. Contact E-N Computers for a free DFARS compliance assessment today.