Hygiene is essential for the overall well-being of a person. From taking a bath to brushing one’s teeth, good hygiene is crucial to health. In the digital realm, cyber hygiene is a term that refers to precautions, principles, and practices to keep a digital environment pristine from cybercriminals.
In an instant, an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) can destroy a company by gaining access to vulnerable corporate and client information. It may take years to build a company from the ground up. But it will only require a minute to bring it crashing to the ground.
Companies that want to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) need to ramp up their cybersecurity to protect service members and American citizens worldwide. In practice, this means implementing certified security frameworks like the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), published by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD–A&S). CMMC compliance software tools are necessary investments to get started.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) governs the US government’s acquisitions and selects contractors that work with its agencies. Companies that work with the military fall under the jurisdiction of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). In 2020, an update to DFARS introduced new standards for testing these companies’ security. Read on to have the DFARS interim rule explained comprehensively.
Any company that takes on lucrative contracts with the US Department of Defense (DoD) and becomes part of the Defense Industrial Base sector (DIB) needs to keep its cybersecurity practices up to date. You will also need to adhere to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), including self-assessment and outside auditing, to confirm your compliance. This CMMC assessment guide will break down what it takes to get started.
In order to work with the US Department of Defense (DoD), companies need to strengthen their cyberdefenses to avoid compromising the security of our armed forces and, by extension, all Americans. Doing so requires complying with Special Publication 800-171, a publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Following all NIST SP 800 171 requirements is just the first step toward DoD preferred contractor status.
Companies seeking lucrative contracts with the US Department of Defense (DoD) need to keep their cyberdefenses up to date. That’s why the final two levels of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) focus mainly on advanced persistent threat solutions to account for the biggest and most complex threats to the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector.
Working with the US government, particularly the Department of Defense (DoD), can be extremely lucrative. However, given how critical the DoD’s security is to the well-being of all Americans domestic and abroad, it also requires would-be contractors to take all available precautions in physical and digital security. Enter the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), published by the OUSD (A&S), or the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. To that end, CMMC level 3 is a significant milestone on your way to DoD contacts.
Fortunately, tragedies in the aerospace industry are few and far between, but remain a serious threat to national security.
The good thing is that the industry has taken security into its own hands and designed the Aerospace Cybersecurity Standard.
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a revolutionary framework developed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, also known as the OUSD (A&S). Unlike some other frameworks, the CMMC allows for the gradual adoption of its controls across five levels. As you progress toward full certification, there are differences between certain levels, such as between CMMC level 3 and CMMC level 4.