If your company is a U.S. Government supplier, contractor or sub-contractor — especially one working through the Department of Defense — expect a cybersecurity inspector to visit soon.
The reason? The DoD demands protection against unauthorized access to a contractor’s Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). They have given ample time and warning to vendors to fully secure their computer networks.
The DoD calls this proof of CUI security NIST 800-171 Compliance Documentation. It is required to meet the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum security standards.
These NIST cybersecurity requirements were first outlined in 2016 to keep the DoD supply chain networks clean. Back then, the DoD offered many helpful suggestions and asked nicely for compliance and documentation.
But in the summer of 2019, the tone of their ask changed. DoD lawyers made it clear that the documentation confirming network cybersecurity measures must be readily available for inspection. At any time. Upon demand.
Recently, DoD inspectors began showing up unannounced at government and military contractors’ offices. They request a review of the required cybersecurity compliance records. And if that company doesn’t have its NIST 800-171 documentation ready, the result can be a worst-case scenario: a blacklist.
Simple, Affordable Documentation Software for DoD NIST 800-171 Compliance
The bad news: if you’ve reviewed the requirements related to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliance, it can make your head spin. Read it for yourself here. Scores of highly technical documents that must be written using an instruction set that is a challenge to read, comprehend, and act upon. Even experienced IT professionals can struggle.
The good news: there is a step-by-step software option available to create all of the required NIST 800-171 documents. That document software is called CyberConfirm™
This documentation software was created through a partnership between a nationally-recognized, highly-accredited, military-focused cybersecurity expert and the country’s premier self-help legal forms software company. Combining their unique skill sets, they have built an easy-to-use and affordable solution.
Easy-to-Use Software, Step-by-Step Simple
CyberConfirm™ is a downloadable document software product that is fully-secure, easy-to-use, PDF based, and completed offline following step-by-step instructions.
Answer a series of questions about your business, your network, and its set-up. The files generate the required NIST 800-171 compliance documents (SSP and POA&M) based on your answers, all customized to the current security status of your business.
The document-creation process has been further simplified by narrowing the 14 Requirements into a series of 110 numbered control components. Start and stop as often as needed. Tackle one compliance Requirement at a time. When finished, put all of the completed Requirement sections together for a document set that is ready for the day when the DoD comes knocking.
The finished compliance documents are provided in PDF format, ready-to-print. The document pages are output with a clean, professional design. The report’s cover page is fully-customized to feature your company name and logo.
Expect to make future changes to your cyber network? Simply update the answer(s) in the Q&A process, print out the revised document section(s), and recompile the finished document package. Easy!
Required for the Cyber Networks of All DoD Contractors / Subs
If your company has not yet created the DoD-required NIST 800-171 Compliance Documentation for your corporate network, your livelihood is in jeopardy.
Any government or military contractor or sub that cannot produce its network security documentation upon demand can be removed from the list of authorized DoD suppliers. That means no more government contracts for your company. Period.
But there is one important caveat to the government’s demand.
A contractor need not prove full COMPLIANCE with all NIST 800-171 standards for their network. Not yet.
Rather, the contractor must provide completed DOCUMENTATION while working to meet the NIST network standards.
Understand? As long as a company is working toward implementing the required security measures and fully documents the process while doing so, the DoD won’t bring the hammer down on that contractor.
In essence, the completed NIST 800-171 documentation is like having a ‘Get Out of Jail FREE’ card!
So keep the DoD at bay: create your compliance documents today! Get CyberConfirm™.
Use the Language of a Cyber Network Expert!
If you review the long, detailed instructions covering each requirement for NIST 800-171 documentation, you will immediately notice something missing: each requirement is discussed in great detail, but that discussion never provides nor even suggests the language that should be used in writing your own network documentation.
In essence, NIST provides an outline of topics that need to be covered, but leaves it up to the network’s owner to draft the language. Unless you are a highly experienced cybersecurity expert — well, good luck with that.
But what if you had access to the knowledge of a nationally-recognized cybersecurity expert? One with a laundry list of titles after his name? Who frequently sits in on meetings with DoD brass talking cyber? Who has drafted this type of documentation many, many times over his 30+ year career for clients big and small?
Bet if that cybersecurity expert provided the wording for answers that would be acceptable to the DoD based on the security status of a company, that kind of help would go a long way.
Yes! Of course it would! And that’s exactly what you get with CyberConfirm™.
Get DFARS Compliant While Creating Your Cybersecurity Plan
To be clear: there is more to NIST compliance than just creating documentation. There are a number of physical actions that must be completed to become fully compliant with NIST 800-171.
Smartly, each of these critical security actions is discussed as part of the step-by-step document creation process.
With each Requirement overview, you will be given clear instructions on hardware and software specifications that must be implemented over time to fully secure your cyber network.
As you work through the documentation sections, you will be made aware of actions that must be taken specific to that particular Requirement.
And should you need hands-on help in fully securing your network or addressing other critical needs, contact information for professionals in a cybersecurity consultants network is provided.