While it’s true that technological advancements have assisted businesses towards their operational goals, it has also aided cybercriminals with tools to assault organizations and extra money. DoD contractors and government agencies that lack IT resources to safeguard critical data are always under the radar of hackers. Thus, the importance of DFARS compliance has increased over the years. Recently, the DoD has made it clear that it will be mandatory for DoD contractors and vendors to follow the CMMC cybersecurity compliance regulations. Failure in compliance can mean no future contracts or government awards.

This blog will highlight high-value targeted practices, which provide extra defenses over and above NIST SP 800-171, and support activities, which enable firms to reclaim from a cyber disaster.

Newly introduced CMMC-level 1-3 procedures improve the overall safety position of defense industry organizations. Practices provide organizations advantages beyond existing cybersecurity needs: how capabilities are improved, mechanisms to address specific and communal threats, how their cybersecurity capabilities become more proactive, and how organizations are introduced in sustainment which can help them maintain operations if disruption arises.

RE.2.13: Run and test data backups regularly. As indicated above, the objective of NIST SP 800-171 is the privacy of CUI information. The capacity to recover and restore data after an event or catastrophe is also a vital component of a robust cyber safety system for fighting hostile attacks and involuntary incidents, leading a business to lose access to manufacturing and/or data systems.

SC.2.179: Use network device management encrypted sessions. Insecure network device management might lead to a breach for the IT network. Additional 800-171 practices in this field concentrate on the safe network infrastructure and general needs for decryption but are not unique to network device management.

RE.3.13: Full, extensive, and robust data backups are regularly performed in an organized way. This approach extends to RE.2.137 – Regular data backups are performed and tested by demanding that the backups (i.e., backups are sufficient to restore a system) have been completed and that they are thorough and comprehensive (i.e., any ally systems necessary to maintaining continuity in service).

3.147 RM: Managing non-vendor-supported items independently (e.g., end-of-life) and limiting risk if required. Non-vendor goods are common for malicious actors as fixes and upgrades are usually not accessible. The practice further mentions adding further examination and an additional protection layer of possibly sensitive software to these unsupported items individually.

These three following practices deal with emails of threat to organizations, which are not addressed directly by NIST SP 800-171.

SI.3.218: Use protection against spam. The email has turned into a key attack vector, and spam is a typical technique of providing attackers with viruses and other malware.

SI.3.219: Implement protection of email forgery. When an email header is faked, email forging occurs, so the message looks to have come from somewhere else than the original sender. This is a general approach in all businesses for spamming, phishing, and spear-phishing assaults. Implementation of sender policy framework (SPF), domain keys identified mail (DKIM), and domain messages authentication, reporting, and conformance comprise some possible implementations for this practice (DMARC)