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Beyond SSP’s and POA&Ms; Successfully Implementing the NIST 800-171 Security Requirements

Beyond SSP’s and POA&Ms; Successfully Implementing the NIST 800-171 Security Requirements

The recently announced Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) scheduled for completion by January 2020 has many DoD contractors scrambling to anticipate how to prepare. While there are many unknowns regarding what the CMMC will ultimately look like, DoD contractors should focus on what is already known and currently mandatory with DFARS 252.204-7012, which requires the implementation of NIST 800-171. Stop trying to read the tea leaves and doing the bare minimum by writing System Security Plans (SSP’s) and start implementing the 110 security requirements of NIST 800-171. Demonstrable action, that is NIST 800-171 control implementation, is the best way to prepare for the CMMC.

Recent News: Act Now to Achieve NIST 800-171 Compliance or Risk Your Ability to Contract with the DoD

Recent News: Act Now to Achieve NIST 800-171 Compliance or Risk Your Ability to Contract with the DoD

The window of opportunity for achieving compliance with DFARS 252.204-7012, which requires the implementation of NIST 800-171 across the DoD supply chain, continues to get smaller as the ability to self-certify is set to expire.

CyberSheath attended the Professional Service Council’s 2019 Federal Acquisition Conference where Special Assistant to DoD’s Assistant Secretary of Defense Acquisition for Cyber Katie Arrington stated clearly that “…cost, schedule, and performance cannot be traded for security.” Security is the foundation of defense acquisition.

4 Steps to Protect Your Business from Spear Phishing

4 Steps to Protect Your Business from Spear Phishing

You may have heard of phishing, which is the practice of sending fraudulent texts or emails that appear to come from a legitimate source, with the intention of encouraging the recipient to provide personal information.

Businesses have been struggling to protect their networks from phishing, and with attacks up 65% in the past year, it seems the fight is far from over. To make matters worse, a more sophisticated and destructive offshoot of phishing has recently emerged — spear phishing.

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