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What Is DFARS and What Does it Mean to Be Compliant?

What Is DFARS and What Does it Mean to Be Compliant?

All companies are subject to an extensive set of regulations that relate to important aspects of their business. Noncompliance carries severe punishment or even the risk of discontinued business operations. 

DFARS Regulations and Their Impact On Your Business

DFARS Regulations and Their Impact On Your Business

Cyberattacks against the US military aren’t uncommon, but cyberattacks against military contractors worry defense officials the most. While defense contractors may be party to closely-guarded military secrets—such as designs for advanced weaponry, vehicles, and equipment—they may not be able to marshal the same level of  cyber defense.

A Guide to CMMC & DFARS Compliance Requirements

A Guide to CMMC & DFARS Compliance Requirements

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) is a set of cybersecurity rules, guidelines, and regulation codes used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to safeguard controlled unclassified information (CUI) obtained and transmitted by contractors and subcontractors. If your business provides products and services to the DoD, it must first comply with DFARS regulations.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Starts with DFARS: The Four Steps to Success

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Starts with DFARS: The Four Steps to Success

Contractors for the US Department of Defense (DoD) are expected to be familiar with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance requirements. If you’re a DoD contractor and want tips on how to achieve compliance, understand the difference between DFARS and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), or know the different types of self-assessment checklists for ...

5 Things You Need to Know About CMMC and How it Builds on DFARS

5 Things You Need to Know About CMMC and How it Builds on DFARS

Cybercriminals have targeted and continue to target the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector, as well as the Department of Defense's (DoD) supply chain in the hopes of stealing vital intellectual property and sensitive information. The DIB sector is made up of more than 300,000 organizations that research, engineer, develop, acquire, produce, deliver, sustain, and operate military services, ...

DFARS Compliance: A Checklist for Manufacturing Companies

DFARS Compliance: A Checklist for Manufacturing Companies

Companies that manufacture products for the US Department of Defense (DoD) must comply with cybersecurity standards set by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). These standards are enforced to ensure that information systems storing contractor data are safeguarded, under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 mandate to ...

A Guide to Understanding DFARS Requirements

A Guide to Understanding DFARS Requirements

Being a government contractor means having to comply with the numerous regulations—including federal requirements to help safeguard against cyber attacks. With a dramatic increase in cyber threats today, it’s no surprise that this is one area that DoD contractors must examine carefully.

Know The Difference Between DFARS and CMMC

Know The Difference Between DFARS and CMMC

If you’re an existing US Department of Defense (DoD) contractor, then you’ve probably achieved Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance by now. But did you know that DoD will soon be requiring all contractors — some as early as September 2020 — to pass the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

5 Tips to Achieve DFARS Compliance

5 Tips to Achieve DFARS Compliance

The US Department of Defense (DoD) handles a lot of controlled unclassified information (CUI), which requires “safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with applicable law, regulations, and government-wide policies.” In December 2015, the DoD published an interim rule to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that required DoD contractors to meet ...

How the Public Cloud Improved Disaster Recovery

How the Public Cloud Improved Disaster Recovery

The reliance of businesses on technology has grown exponentially over the years. This increased dependence on IT has also led to an increased need to enhance backup and disaster recovery (DR) strategies. Because the intensity of natural disasters continues to increase, the economic consequences have also become much greater.