CMMC DFARS 252.204-7012 COMPLIANCE Capabilities of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification - ChatFortress

Posted on June 21, 2021 by Benjamin Bressington

CMMC DFARS 252.204-7012 COMPLIANCE Capabilities of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification - ChatFortress


Almost 100% of contracts with the Department of Defense require both Prime Contractors and their Subcontractors to follow both NIST SP 800-171 and DFARS compliance.

If your company provides products or services being sold to the department of defense (DoD) you are required to comply with the minimum cybersecurity standards set by DFARS.

DFARS Requirements go beyond what is required by the NIST SP 800-171 standard. If you are doing business with the Department of Defense it is critical to understand what DFARS clauses have been included in your contract and what you must do to comply so you are not subject to penalties that can include losing your contract and being blacklisted by the DoD.

Fun Facts About Common DFARS Requirements That Likely Affect You:

  • If you have a DFARS 252.204-7012 requirement regular commercial versions of Microsoft Office 365 are not an allowable communication method and do not meet FedRAMP requirements.
  • You have 72 hours to report a cyber incident to the DoD. Failure to do so following proper procedure is a violation of DFARS rules and you may be subject to penalty and/or losing your contract.
  • Under DFARS rules many cloud solutions are not allowed and do not meet the requirements.
  • Upon request by the DoD, the Contractor shall provide DoD with access to additional information or equipment that is necessary to conduct a forensic analysis. This means you must be able to allow the DoD to access your systems if they request it in order for them to conduct their own investigation of a cyber incident.
  • Depending upon what DFARS requirements are in your contract you may be required to make sure all of your subcontractors are also compliant (Flow Down). Failure to ensure the transfer of information to a compliant subcontractor can be grounds for penalty or contract loss.

Companies must follow DFARS requirements. If you are a small company or have only part of your business focused on work for the Department of Defense, it may not be possible for you to hire someone with all these skills full-time. That's why ChatFortress can help you with your DFARS Compliance Consulting. Contact us and let us help you with your DFARS, CMMC, NIST800-171 compliance requirements.

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