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As of 2018, if you are a manufacturer that is involved with or wishes to take on defense contracts, you must comply with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement clause 252.204.7012. It is also informally known as DFARS 7012.

What this means is that as a defense contractor, you are required to maintain effective cybersecurity in the processing, storage or transmission of controlled unclassified information by adhering to NIST SP 800-171 security guidelines. If you are not able to meet these requirements, you cannot accept any defense contracts.

What Is DFARS 7012/NIST 800-171?

NIST 800-171 is a list of 110 controls that companies need to adhere to for proper security compliance for defense contract work. It draws interpretation of many controls from NIST 800-53 and includes requirements for authentication and encryption for sensitive files and resources.

Why Is NIST 800 Compliance Training Important for Manufacturing?

Cybersecurity breaches are among the greatest threats to businesses today and represent an even greater threat to the government and the military. It is crucial that any company that works with defense projects meet the highest possible standards of cybersecurity. If you cannot meet this standard, you cannot take on defense projects, which could take a large chunk of your business away.

Furthermore, even if you think you are in NIST 800 compliance, you may not be. Audits show some companies claiming to be cyber secure are rife with errors. This not only hurts your reputation and can subject you to severe penalties, but it puts the country at risk.

Unfortunately, with 110 controls, some of which are fairly complex and in highly technical language, it can be very difficult to get your employees the proper training to make sure you comply. Fortunately, MANTEC can help.

How MANTEC Can Help You With NIST 800 Compliance in South Central PA

If you are a manufacturing company in south central Pennsylvania and need help maintaining DFARS 7012/NIST 800-171 compliance, we urge you to call MANTEC as soon as possible. Effective, targeted training is our specialty. We can offer you exactly the type of training you need to help you maintain or achieve DFARS 7012/NIST 800-171 compliance.

When you contact MANTEC for NIST 800 training services, we can provide you with a class for you and your employees to review NIST 800 with highly-qualified instructors. These are cybersecurity experts with a manufacturing background who have a strong understanding of how these regulations affect your manufacturing business. They are also expert trainers who know the best way to communicate this information to you and your employees in a comprehensible way.

We offer training throughout south central PA, including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. To find out how MANTEC training can work for you and your business needs with respect to NIST 800 compliance, contact us today.

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