Companies dealings with the Department of Defense (DoD) regularly become victims of numerous cyberattacks. Military contractors become victims because the DoD recruits them to perform many functions, including keeping and distributing confidential material. As a result, without sufficient security precautions, it can endanger the lives of military personnel and national security.
That is why, throughout the last decade, cybersecurity like CMMC for DoD contractors and privacy rules have been altered or revised. Cybercriminals are developing new and sophisticated methods to launch assaults on contractor and subcontractor information systems. As a result, the Department of Defense has enacted rules and regulations to safeguard its data.
Several cybersecurity guidelines may be developed by federal, provincial, municipal, or tribal governments. As a result, this page will serve as a quick reference to some DoD cybersecurity requirements.
Compliance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
Independent DoD vendors must fulfill the DFARS fundamental security standards to be deemed compliant. Vendors must complete the readiness evaluation by adhering to the NIST SP800-171 criteria. Furthermore, if a contracting party employs a cloud-based system for the DoD, they must follow DFARS 252.239-7010.
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (CMMC DFARS) are a set of cybersecurity rules that defense contractors must follow if they handle restricted unclassified information (CUI). According to NIST SP800-171, these standards attempt to guarantee the secrecy of the CUI.
Government agencies are obliged to achieve two fundamental cybersecurity requirements:
If an agreement keeps defense information in internally unclassified data systems, the contractor must provide proper security to secure that information.
Contractors must disclose cyber events to the DoD and collaborate to address the cybersecurity threat or compromise.
If a contractor fails to fulfill these criteria, their agreement with the DoD will be terminated until they comply with DFARS. They may also face financial penalties, such as being sued for violating the contract.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Compliance
To secure the information on a contractor’s information systems, the DoD has created the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) methodology to assess the dependability and maturity of their cybersecurity architecture.
The CMMC includes five categories that evaluate and verify a supplier’s or contractor’s degree of cybersecurity activities. One of the five levels must be completed by defense contractors. Your work and the type of information you will manage may decide the level you need to reach.
CMMC DFARS compliance is required for all DoD contractors, particularly subcontractors. Furthermore, the CMMC determines if you comply with other cybersecurity regulations, such as ISO 27001 and NIST SP 800-53.
As a result, prime vendors should collaborate with subcontractors to establish a CMMC security strategy to ensure sufficient measures are in place to secure CUI. Failure to achieve the CMMC criteria may jeopardize your future capability to participate in DoD contracts.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a cybersecurity framework to help firms enhance their cybersecurity and manage cyber threats. Furthermore, the NIST handbook is available to assist contractors in determining whether they fulfill the DFARS 2552.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171 cybersecurity criteria.
The NIST framework is concerned with how an enterprise can detect, respond to, protect against, and recuperate from cyber attacks. It also assists contractors in the implementation of strategies for controlling organizational risks. The strategy is modified regularly to help vendors react effectively to new complex cybersecurity dangers that may develop.