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Cybersecurity is Now an Allowable Cost on Government Contracts

Katie Arrington, DOD’s chief information security officer for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, recently announced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for NIST 800-171. In 2020, certification will be required to secure and renew government contracts.  CMMC certification requires an audit by an approved 3rd party to validate cybersecurity...
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Single Most Important Security Tip for Entrepreneurs

Prepare your Staff Let’s face it…there are no easy breaks in business.  And the malicious players are happy to exploit your employees at every turn.  The onslaught of emails and phone calls specifically designed to deceitfully extract money from your firm will not stop.  The most important thing you can do is prepare your staff.  ...
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Defense Contractors Facing Increased Liability Under FCA Due to Recent Court Decision

The Department of Defense’s heightened cybersecurity regulations increase risk that defense contractors cannot meet the government’s cybersecurity standards. Contractors may face liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) for not meeting these regulations due to the recent decision from the Eastern District of California in the United States ex rel. Markus v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings,...
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Security Vitals Featured on IT in the D Podcast

You don’t have to be a large company to be a (cyber) target; you can be a small to medium-sized company. “On average, it takes 244 days before a company realizes they were breeched,” says Rob Cote, President of Security Vitals. We often hear from executives who state that they have never been breached…to which...
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Security Vitals on the Michigan Business Network

In a lead-up to 2019’s Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration, Jeffrey Mosher of the Michigan Business Network spoke with Security Vitals’ President Rob Cote as a 2019 Smartzone Best Small Business awardee. Listen to the Interview http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/smartzone-best-small-business-security-vitals  
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Ransomware Attack Forces Healthcare Provider to Close Their Doors

A health care provider has closed unexpectedly due to a ransomware attack. ENT & Hearing Services in Battle Creek, Michigan, is the first health provider in the nation to close due to cybersecurity flaws. Since HIPAA is based on NIST 800-53, father to NIST 800-171, ENT & Hearing Services demonstrates the importance of maintaining diligence...
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Not complying with cybersecurity standards? DoD announces crack down on contractors

Should you be in compliance with NIST SP 800-171 but decided to put this process on hold? Now is a good time to start since the DoD recently announced that within the next 18 months, they will start auditing companies’ cybersecurity procedures that want to win contracts. Access the full article here – https://federalnewsnetwork.com/defense/2019/03/dod-to-start-crackdown-on-contractors-not-complying-with-cybersecurity-standards-will-also-add-more-compliance-rules/  ...
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Hackers Steal Unclassified Data from U.S. Navy Contractor

News, that was revealed this year of a defense contractor losing sensitive data to China, has heightened the focus on NIST 800-171compliance. Protecting military data is a top priority for the DoD, and China is just one of many entities focused on nefariously obtaining this this information. Without critical defenses in place to safeguard data...
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Cybersecurity Compliance by Department of Defense Contractors

Cybersecurity Compliance by Department of Defense Contractors  By Michael S. Khoury Originally published in the Michigan Business Law Journal (Vol. 38, Issue 2, Summer 2018, pp. 10-11). Archive located HERE.
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Draft DoD Guidance on SSPs and NIST SP 800-171

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Notice and Request for Comment on draft guidance that DoD proposes for assessing contractors’ System Security Plans (SSPs) and their implementation of the security controls in NIST Special Publication 800-171. DFARS 252.204-7012 requires defense contractors to provide security for networks where covered defense information is processed, stored, or...
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Audit Focused on Security Controls at Seven MDA Contractor Facilities

An audit was recently created to determine whether existing Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contractors implemented proper security controls and processes to protect classified and unclassified ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) technical information from internal and external threats. The audit includes MDA responses and recommendations for each comment. This is the first of two audits to...
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Defense Strategies for Minimizing Cyber Threats

The inevitable can happen. Balanced approaches between hardware and software solutions are only part of the solution to protect corporate assets regularly. Security testing, preparation, and collaboration are essential in the performance of your business. Protect your organization with precautionary defensive steps that help minimize major security threats. For more information, click here
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