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Defense contractors – the time has come: December 31 is the deadline for cybersecurity safeguarding compliance

Overview

Defense contractors and subcontractors that handle certain types of defense information must be in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity requirements by the December 31, 2017 deadline. Affected contractors - particularly those that are still working towards compliance - should take note of recent guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

NIST's guidance is designed to provide a flexible assessment process that contractors can adapt to suit their unique needs, contractual requirements and IT infrastructure. This article takes a look at what's required.