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Department of Defense Releases New Requirements for NIST 800-171 Compliance

Suppliers are Required to Submit Details on Progress The Department of Defense released new details on an interim requirement for vendors that requires a near term NIST 800-171 self-assessment. The process requires participants to score compliance with each of the 110 controls defined in NIST 800-171. Completed assessment scores must be uploaded to Supplier Performance...
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The Importance of Cybersecurity Consulting

Not only are data breaches very expensive, they often result in high stress at all levels of a company. Being proactive and investing in cybersecurity consulting, allows organizations to prevent stress and save money. Cybersecurity consulting allows your organization to identify any problems and feel confident all cybersecurity issues are being taken care of.  To...
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COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Virus Going Around: The Increase in Cyberattacks and How to Prevent Them

Every workplace has made changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. With employees struggling to balance changing business dynamics, many companies are pushing cybersecurity concerns down on the list of priorities. Deprioritizing cybersecurity is a mistake. The migration to work from home environments introduces new variables that increase exposure to malware attacks, phishing, and other cybercrime.  In...
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Keeping Your Home Safe from Cybersecurity Attacks

Over the last decade, the number of devices in homes has increased drastically. According to Deloitte, the average U.S. home now has 11 internet-connected devices. Due to COVID-19 and the increase of remote work and school, that number has likely increased in the last few months. As we bring more devices into our homes, it’s...
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Vulnerability Management Plays Important Role in Work from Home Environment as Data Breach Risk Increases

As COVID-19 impacted operations for many businesses across the world, a work from home environment has quickly become a new normal for many employees. In WFH scenarios, company and client data is exchanged between desktop devices and servers that reside in corporate facilities or the cloud. How that data is managed in transit and at...
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3 Security Tips to Prepare Your Staff

It can feel overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to protecting your staff from security threats. That’s why we created this infographic to explain three steps that you can take right now to keep your employees safe from exploitation. Following these steps will help to create a questioning culture where your employees...
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Security Risks with Zoom Web Meeting Platform

Everyone Using These Tools Should Consider How Secure They Are With the rapid transition to work from home environments…it’s no wonder that the use of web meeting technologies has grown exponentially. Everyone using these tools should consider how secure they are as revelations about Zoom have highlighted potential risks.  With an easy to use interface and...
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Protecting Important Data in a Work from Home (WFH) World

Protecting Important Data in a Work from Home (WFH) World In true American spirit, companies nationwide have quickly adapted to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and transitioned employees to a work from home (WFH) model. This approach is critical to limiting the impact of the virus, and for many organizations, it is a viable workaround....
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CMMC: What You Need to Know

As CMMC 1.0 was released in January, many companies and subcontractors are now realizing it’s time to play catch up.  According to a recent Pentagon report, “Only 12% of DoD contractors were confident in the cybersecurity of their vendors.”   In an attempt to keep companies in this sector, the Pentagon is working to make...
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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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