eResilience offers summary, upcoming webinar regarding DFARS cybersecurity requirements
ALEXANDRIA, VA June 23, 2017 The Department of Defense held an "Industry Information Day" today to provide information regarding the DFARS 252.204-7012 clause, which requires all DoD contractors who work with Covered Defense Information (CDI) to implement all 110 security controls specified under the NIST Special Publication 800-171 before the end of this year.
Although contractors had held out hope that the December 31st deadline would be extended, today's Industry Day briefings made it clear that there will be no extension, so contractors interested in remaining eligible to bid on DoD contracts should take action now in order to complete their implementation of DFARS requirements before year's end.
"Implementation of the NIST standards and other requirements of DFARS 7012 can be challenging for even the most experienced contractors," said Nelson Kanemoto, founder of eResilience, a division of Referentia Systems. "For small and medium sized businesses it's even more difficult because of limited time and resources. Today's news that there won't be any extension of the deadlines makes it critical for contractors to get started ASAP, especially since it's not guaranteed that government contract officers will accept a System Security Plan and POAM for implementing DFARS regulations as an alternative to timely compliance. If you're non-compliant at the end of the year you risk having to stop work."
A summary of highlights from the Industry Day event can be found at www.eresilience.com/IndustryDay
To help contractors navigate these regulations, eResilience has partnered with the Cyber Collaboration Center (CCC), a non-profit organization fostering collaboration between industry, academia, and government on cybersecurity issues. The Cyber Collaboration Center is producing a series of free, live streaming webinars focused on providing updates and information about DFARS compliance.
The first session in the series, "DFARS 7012 Cybersecurity Requirements Update for Contract Managers" will be presented on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1400 PST by McCarter & English, LLP, a law firm with specific expertise on DFARS contract regulations, and will include a briefing on highlights from today's DFARS Industry Day.
Access to the webinar series is available at www.cybercollaborationcenter.org. The suggested audience includes Executives, Contracts Managers (from both industry and government), Program Managers, IT Managers, and Facility Security Officers. There is no cost or obligation associated with attending the webinars. For more information, contact Larry Lieberman at (808) 840-8580 or [email protected]
About eResilience (www.eresilience.com): eResilience is a new division of Referentia Systems, a National Security Agency (NSA) Trusted Integrator, focused on commercial cybersecurity solutions, risk management and DFARS compliance services.