The landscape of governing standards keeps rapidly evolving for businesses dealing with government contracts and triggers misperception and vagueness about adhering to industry guidelines. Such ambiguity exposes the vulnerabilities of companies. If your organization does not fulfill the necessary compliance terms, there is little to no scope to stand out in this hugely competitive ecosystem.
A few questions to introspect and find out how secure, ready, and complied your government contracting business is:
1) Do you conduct your business with the Department of Defense (DoD)?
Many business doers are most often unaware or sometimes ambiguous about the subject of their business conduction as a government contractor. However, suppose you are pretty clear on being associated with the Defense Department. In that case, it is highly recommended to start preparing for the forthcoming CMMC requirements, though its importance might not be imminent to you right now.
2) Do you use an ERP system to record sensitive information?
The regulatory requirements and standards like NIST 800-171 need to be referenced well if you use your ERP to store such information as this enables a safe degree of CMMC health. It is also critical to conduct an internal level assessment of your procedures and controls to check how far you are satisfying the CMMC terms.
3) Is your ERP or Accounting system deployed on Cloud?
The world businesses are increasingly embracing cloud-centric deployments today. If you are on the same page, make sure that the relevant CMMC provisions and FedRAMP controls are being fully addressed.
4) Is your work related to crucial classified data such as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), or Federal Contract Information (FCI) provisions?
Cybersecurity compliance is running on to become one of the biggest concerns of businesses and for all the right reasons, such as skyrocketing cyber threats and anonymous incursions leading to data theft and other monetary losses. Irrespective of whether you are working with classified information, it becomes critical to start laying the ground right away for CMMC requirements since you are already associated with the Department of Defense.
Find out how VLC Solutions can be your reliable aide in developing a security strategy while also taking good care of CMMC and other standards’ compliance. Feel free to reach us out today!