DFARS Compliance Consulting
We Help DoD Contractors Achieve DFARS Compliance
IVTAS offers detailed DFARS consulting for DoD contractors and helps them implement the best cybersecurity measures against the most sophisticated cyber threats. Our senior consultants ensure your organization meets DFARS requirements and complies with the standards necessary to move forward with your projects. Contact our DFARS experts at (858) 769-5393 to achieve DFARS compliance and pave your way to growth and more fruitful business opportunities!
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) is a group of cybersecurity standards and regulations that apply to external contractors and suppliers working closely with the Department of Defense (DoD).
Cyber threats have become more frequent and more serious, especially with COVID. Since the federal government prioritizes cybersecurity risks that could compromise the safety of sensitive information (CUI), non-federal agencies and contractors must update their security systems and procedures to respond to threats efficiently.
IVTAS has many years of experience working closely with government contractors and DoD suppliers in need of NIST and DFARS compliances. We will lead you through the process of becoming DFARS-compliant, implement the most efficient cybersecurity measures, and align them with your unique goals and business operations.
DFARS Compliance Roadmap
With IVTAS by your side, you don’t need to worry about the overwhelming process of becoming NIST 800-171 and DFARS-compliant. Our cybersecurity experts provide all the services necessary for achieving and maintaining compliance in the long run:
- FREE initial compliance assessment
- Advanced endpoint protection
- 24/7 system monitoring and maintenance
- Security and incident response
- Intrusion detection and response
- Firewall implementation
- Establishing multi-factor authentication
- Microsoft Office 365 Government services
- Creating a disaster recovery plan
- Safe server mitigation
HOW WE DO IT?
DFARS Compliance Checklist
Partner with IVTAS to establish a 100% safe and reliable IT ecosystem within your organization and manage your defense projects more efficiently. Our skilled cybersecurity consultants offer highly professional services to enforce your existing IT environment and open more opportunities for your business growth.
DFARS ASSESSMENT & GAP ANALYSIS
A skilled team from IVTAS conducts an initial compliance assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses in your current strategies and detect potential gaps in your security posture. In addition, we go through your security policies and procedures for protecting CUI and recommend the most efficient measures for achieving NIST and DFARS compliance.
We rely on the most efficient risk-based methods to perform a comprehensive vulnerability assessment. It helps us detect the most common security risks your company faces and identify gaps in your technology that prevent you from achieving compliance.
DFARS COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Rely on IVTAS to assist you with implementing, designing, and configuring different DFARS compliance clauses. Depending on your contract with the government and the type of product or service your organization delivers to the DoD, you’ll need to implement one of the following DFARS clauses:
- DFARS 252.204-7012 (Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting)
- DFARS 252.204-7009 (Limitations on the Use or Disclosure of Third-Party Contractor Reported Cyber Incident Information)
- DFARS 252.204-7008 (Compliance with Safeguarding Covered Defense Information Controls)
CYBER INCIDENT REPORTS
Our cybersecurity experts will lead you through the procedure of reporting cyber incidents that affect CUI. In case a data breach or other cyber incidents occur, your organization must be ready to do the following:
- Analyze contractors’ computers or servers to determine whether CUI was compromised on their systems.
- Report a cyber incident within 72 hours.
- Maintain and protect images and other forensic evidence (e.g., logs).
IMPLEMENTING AND UNDERSTANDING DFARS KEY AREAS
We will guide you through the essential areas of NIST 800-171 compliance and help you understand and implement them in the best possible way. When your systems are secured, you’re closer to achieving DFARS compliance. Minimum requirements for DFARS include:
- Access Control
- Awareness and Training
- Audit and Accountability
- Configuration Management
- Identification and Authentication
- Incident Response
- Media Protection
- Personnel Security
- Physical Protection
- Risk Assessment
- Security Assessment
- System and Communications Protection
- System and Information Integrity
WHY CHOOSE IVTAS?
Reasons to Choose Our DFARS Consulting
Many cybersecurity consultants offer compliance services, but not all of them can deliver as clear and comprehensive guidance as IVTAS. Our custom-tailored services match your unique goals and office challenges, ensuring you’re fully compliant with the latest NIST and DFAR regulations.
So, why choose us?
- FREE NIST and DFARS assessment
- 24/7 network and system monitoring
- Consistent reporting
- Complete risk assessment
- Risk mitigation
- Best cybersecurity practices for DoD contractors
- Ensuring your company meets the latest changes in NIST and DFARS frameworks
- Competitive pricing
- On-site, chat, email and phone support
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What is DFARS?
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requires defense contractors and suppliers to comply with particular cybersecurity standards and incident reporting clauses set by NIST SP 800-171.
These standards describe adequate manners in which companies handle and protect CDI (Covered Defense Information), CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information), or CTI (Controlled Technical Information).
- Covered Defense Information (CDI) is any information that the DoD provides to its contractors so that they can perform duties stated in the contract.
- Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is any government-issued information that requires protection according to the applicable laws and regulations.
- Controlled Technical Information (CTI) refers to any information regarding the use, modification, release, and disclosure of different space or military applications.
Who Needs to Be DFARS-Compliant?
DFARS compliance and NIST 800-171 framework apply to DoD consultants, DoD contractors, and subcontractors working closely with the Department of Defense. Even if you don’t use or transmit CUI, CDI, or CTI, you might need to comply with some parts of NIST compliance, depending on your contract terms.
DoD companies and government suppliers that need NIST and DFARS compliance are:
- Government staffing agencies
- Third-party service providers
- Manufacturers selling products or services to the government
- Research institutions
- Government contract consultants
World-famous companies and institutions like Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Technologies, and others must have their NIST and DFARS compliance in place to continue working on governmental projects. In addition, any organization looking forward to doing business with NASA or the Department of Transportation must comply with the latest changes in NIST and DFARS compliance.
What are the Penalties for Breaking DFARS Compliance Regulations?
Any failure to meet the requirements set by DFARS or NIST result in penalties your company will be facing. You may be subject to criminal, civil, or administrative penalties by the US government or private organizations affected by the failure.
What is Considered a Cyber Incident?
A cyber incident is any disruption in the use of computer networks that has a potentially dangerous effect on an information system and the information stored there. It includes cyber-attacks resulting in a data breach or system exposure. Contractors must report a cyber incident within 72 hours of its discovery, especially if it somehow affects DoD CTI, CUI, or CDI.
How to Report a Cyber Incident?
DoD contractors and subcontractors can go to the DoD’s DIB Cyber Incident Reporting & Cyber Threat Information Sharing Portal to report a cyber incident.
How to Become DFARS-Compliant? With IVTAS By Your Side!
DFARS compliance is critical for prime contractors and subcontractors in order to establish a fruitful collaboration with federal agencies and the Department of Defense. The deadline for achieving DFARS compliance has already passed (December 31st, 2017), and if you still haven’t become compliant, it’s the right time to do it. Reach out to us at (858) 769-5393 to get more details about achieving NIST and DFARS compliance and enforcing your existing system security in the long run.