If you regularly do business with the Department of Defense (DoD), then you know that it takes some work to meet all their compliance standards. Companies that know how to navigate the “red tape” can benefit significantly and gain an edge over their competition by selling their goods and services to the government.
Many companies would like to become DoD contractors but aren’t sure where to begin, others already sell to the Department of Defense, but are trying to navigate new standards like the recently added Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that went into effect December 31, 2017.
Twin State Technical Services works with multiple clients that sell to the DoD and we help them navigate compliance standards, supporting management of cybersecurity risks. One way we’ve made compliance less complicated is by offering an easy to use set of DFARS Compliance Templates.
Compliance templates can save manufacturers and other organizations that do business with the DoD a significant amount of time by laying out the compliance procedures in a step-by-step format that’s easy to follow.
The federal government obligated $507 billion for contracts in 2017. (FAS)
There’s a reason that companies put in the work to become compliant with FARS and DFARS. Of the $507 billion that the federal government obligated to contracts last year, the largest chunk was for DoD contracts, $320 billion.
Compliant companies that produce goods and provide services that are in need by the government have a lucrative opportunity for ongoing business, which is why DFARS is vitally important to them and those that wish to join their ranks as a DoD contractor.
Before we get into some of the key areas our DFARS Compliance Templates cover, let’s go over what DFARS is and why it’s important, and what the difference is between FARS and DFARS.
What is DFARS?
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) is a supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FARS), which is the main set of rules and regulations regarding government procurement in the U.S. If you want to do business with the DoD, you have to follow FARS principals.
DFARS includes multiple parts, but the newest compliance requirement is related to data security, titled “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.” It’s a mandate for contractors to provide adequate security for their internal information system or network.
DFARS requires all DoD contractors to:
- Protect your DoD information using NIST 800-171
- Report cybersecurity incidents to the DoD within 72 hours
- Comply with safeguards for storage and processing of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
What is NIST 800-171?
NIST 800-117 is a list of 109 security controls that have to be satisfied to meet DFARS compliance. They include things like incident response, auditing, and security awareness training.
The DFARS Compliance Templates from Twin State Technical Services take you through each of the NIST 800-117 controls to ensure nothing is missed.
DFARS Security Assessment Categories
Some of the areas included in DFARS security assessments include:
- Security Audits
- Vulnerability Assessments
- Penetration Testing
Basically, everything your data network needs to ensure it’s air tight and secure.
We can help you with each of those areas, and more.
Having an IT professional like Twin State Technical Services on your side, can cover you every step of the way with compliance auditing, remediation planning, and implementation of remediation plans pertaining to network and information system security.
Our team has over 35 expert associates and we’ve been serving the Quad City region, including DoD contractor companies, for over a quarter of a century. Simply put…we understand DoD compliance completely.
DFARS Compliance Templates: What’s Included
Trying to navigate DFARS alone can be a daunting task and can leave you open to vulnerabilities which could mean loss of DoD contracts. Our set of DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance Templates take the guesswork out of compliance and by giving you an easy to follow roadmap.
Included in our DFARS Compliance Templates are:
- The full list of NIST Control Validation Procedures
- A Policies Template
- A Standard Operating Procedures Template
- A Plan of Actions and Milestones (PoA&M)
Pricing is less than $400 and the productivity time you’ll save by using our compliance templates set will save you that many times over.
Other ways that Twin State Technical Services can back you up on DFARS compliance are:
- Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning before, during, and/or after remediation actions
- Creation and writing of policies where undocumented practices are already in place for accommodation of compliance requirements
Don’t Leave Compliance to Chance, Download Our DFARS Templates
Get a jump on DFARS compliance and secure current and future DoD contracts. Download our easy to use DFARS Compliance Templates today! Let our experience and expertise take the frustration and worry out of compliance.
Questions? Give us a call at 563-441-1504 or contact us online anytime.