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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  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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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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