DFARS Compliance Services Guide

The suite of DFARS compliance services from Cuick Trac has helped small and medium-sized defense contractors and subcontractors like you understand the regulations, design an effective plan of action with milestones, and protect your Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in an affordable, practical, and secure way.

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Information security and the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) continue to be a concern for the federal government and the thousands of organizations within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), who make up the Defense Supply Chain (DSC).

Choosing the right DFARS compliance services, vendors, and partners can mean the difference between getting a DoD contract or missing out!

With over 110 controls and 320 assessment objectives, DFARS cybersecurity standards and the emerging Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) can be a challenge to implement for many small and medium-sized businesses. In addition to updated guidelines, the regulations and requirements for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) can be confusing, complicated, and require a significant amount of time, money, and expertise to achieve DFARS compliance.

If you are not in compliance with the evolving DFARS/ NIST 800-171 regulations, your business could face fines, or worse, lose its ability to secure future contracts with the DoD. The first step to becoming DFARS compliant is understanding where you are now and the exact steps for getting there.

The suite of DFARS compliance services from Cuick Trac has helped small and medium-sized defense contractors and subcontractors like you understand the regulations, design an effective plan of action with milestones, and protect your Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in an affordable, practical, and secure way.

To learn how we can help, speak with one of our certified DFARS/NIST experts today.

What is DFARS?

DFARS stands for Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. DFARS is a set of U.S. laws that regulate and mitigate the processing, storing, and/or transmitting of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within DoD contracts. DFARS compliance is required by all DoD prime contractors (and subs) that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and handle controlled unclassified information.

Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information with DFARS Compliance Services from Cuick Trac

The DFARS experts at Cuick Trac provide guidance and support to help your organization understand its DFARS requirements, conduct a gap or risk assessment to identify the current state of compliance for DFARS controls, and what steps need to be taken moving forward.

We provide cybersecurity advice that is practical and strategic, not just the bare minimum, to comply with regulations.

Our affordable DFARS compliance services include:

Gap Analysis, Compliance Review & Readiness Assessment

Regardless of where your organization is with its DFARS/NIST 800-171 cybersecurity maturity, an accurate understanding of where you are today helps define the correct path forward. Cuick Trac helps organizations seeking certification (OSC) identify DFARS compliance risks and readiness.

DFARS Compliance Program Management

At any time, those responsible for managing a DFARS compliance program should be able to show current status, along with the strategic plan to close remaining gaps, at any time. With Cuick Trac, any compliance team can be confident in knowing their status and planning for the future. Our cybersecurity advisors work closely alongside customers to ensure a smooth process that is clear and easy as possible to manage.

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Data Flow Analysis

It’s critical for your sensitive data to be identified as it passes through your organization – starting from the receptionist and ending with the CEO – in order for an organization to ensure proper data security. A critical component of our DFARS compliance services, our experienced data flow analysis advisors work with OSCs to understand where and when CUI comes into the organization, who handles it, and the methods used to send CUI outside of your organization.

DFARS/ NIST 800-171 Security Awareness & Training

To help your organization recognize and report potential indicators of security threats, our DFARS experts will help design and create DFARS/NIST 800-171 compliance awareness training for your employees, that is specific to your organization, activities, security controls, and systems for storing CUI.

Compliance Requirements for NIST 800-171

Compliance Requirements for NIST 800-171NIST 800-171 is a standard for how federal agencies define critical unclassified information (CUI), essentially data that is private but not technically classified under federal law.

Originally published in June 2015 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the release of NIST SP 800-171 provides a comprehensive set of guidelines for ensuring cybersecurity resilience protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of CUI. These guidelines are required for both federal government contractors and sub-contractors who handle CUI on their networks — from federal agency service providers to manufacturing companies supplying goods to federal agencies.

Any organization that handles CUI must implement 110 security requirements which are organized into 14 control families; these NIST 800-171 control families include:

  1. Access Control
  2. Awareness and Training
  3. Audit and Accountability
  4. Configuration Management
  5. Identification and Authentication
  6. Incident Response
  7. Maintenance
  8. Media Protection
  9. Physical Protection
  10. Personnel Security
  11. Risk Assessment
  12. Security Assessment
  13. System and Communications Protection
  14. System and Information Integrity

To learn more, click here to read our guide on NIST 800-171 implementation

Common Questions About DoD Compliance

How much does it cost to be DFARS compliant?

No cybersecurity compliance program is the same, depending on the OSC. That said, it is possible to implement DFARS compliance controls at a reasonable cost, provided the right approach is taken. Our DFARS experts will help you assess your plan and budget for DFARS implementation as part of our DFARS compliance services.

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Do I need to be DFARS compliant?

All government contractors that work with the Department of Defense and handle Controlled Unclassified Information must be DFARS compliant.

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What are the consequences of not being DFARS compliant?

Noncompliance can result in various negative consequences, including contract termination, fines, missing out on contract awards, and, in extreme situations, imprisonment.

How do I get DFARS compliant?

In the past, DoD contractors were simply asked to document their implementation of NIST 800-171 in the form of a System Security Plan describing how each control is implemented, along with an action plan for addressing any unmatched controls. To become DFARS compliant, you will need to implement the required controls specified in NIST Special Publication 800-171.

Protect Your CUI With DFARS Compliance Services from Cuick Trac

If you’re a contractor working with the Department of Defense, DFARS compliance is required by law. Safeguarding your sensitive data is a matter of national security.

Cuick Trac can help you meet all your DFARS compliance requirements, from gap analysis and readiness assessment to providing an affordable, compliant NIST 800-171 enclave for CUI, data flow analysis, and security awareness training. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Contact us today to learn how our DFARS compliance services can help your business meet the technical requirements for NIST SP 800-171 and protect your Critical Unclassified Information (CUI) safe from theft or unauthorized disclosure through cyber attacks or insider threats.

Call 612-428-3008 or contact us online to learn more about our DFARS compliant services can improve your security posture and help your organization protect its CUI in an affordable, practical and secure way.

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