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Understanding NIST 800-171 and what it means for Government Contractors

What is NIST 800-171? The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 800-171 is a federal regulation that was issued Dec 1, 2016 to help control the safety and security of CUI that resides in nonfederal systems.   What is CUI? Controlled unclassified information, also known as CUI, is federally released, non-military data including personally…

Why Hire a CPA for Government Cybersecurity?

Could your business recover from an abrupt loss of $82,000 to 256,000? That’s how much a single cybersecurity breach could cost a small business, according to an analysis by Tech Republic. For federal government contractors, the stakes are even higher. DFARS 252.204.7008 (Compliance with Safeguarding and Covered Defense Information Controls), and 252.204.7012 (Safeguarding Covered Defense…

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 3

Part 3:  Essential Information Security Policies Now that you have an understanding of the rules, what systems must be covered and security tools you can use to comply, it’s time to consider policies. Keep in mind that your investment in security tools can be rendered useless without appropriate policies and training in place to require…

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 2

Part 2:  Covered Systems and Security Tools In the 21st century, broadband networks and information technology have become powerful tools for small businesses. They help business reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, the same technology that powers business improvement is vulnerable to attack. Businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to…

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Business Contractors – Part 1

Part 1: New Rules Go Into Effect December 31. Federal government agencies rely upon external contractors to carry out a wide range of functions. Many contractors have access to sensitive data that could, if compromised, potentially reveal classified information, threaten national security or even put lives at risk. As a result, cybersecurity is a critical…

Federal Privacy Act Criminal Penalties Apply to Government Contractors

For more than 20 years, government contractors and their employees that operate an agency’s system of records have been subject to the same criminal penalties as government employees for violations of the federal Privacy Act (PA). These penalties have taken on new importance because a recent FAR amendment makes PA training required for certain federal…