With the end of the year rapidly approaching, Dept. of Defense contractors and their sub-tier suppliers* have less than 90 days to comply with new Defense Federal Regulations (DFARS Subparts 204.73, 239.76).  Failure to do so can jeopardize their ability to receive or keep DoD contracts, and they may be subject to financial penalties for non-compliance after Dec. 31, 2017.

To help our area defense contractors and those in their supply chain comply with the new cyber-security guidelines, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub will host a two-day DFARS overview workshop to help companies better understand the new DFARS guidelines, important compliance deadlines, consequences for not complying, and ways to fast-track their efforts.

The workshop will be led by Imprimis Inc., a cyber-security consulting company that helps contractors quickly and efficiently assess their cyber-security processes, identify best practices to reduce their risks, and get them started on their way to cybersecurity compliance. 

The two-day seminar will include a detailed demonstration of software that allows selection of the appropriate subset of standards, documents compliance for both internal and external auditing, and decreases the amount of time and resources required to ensure compliance. This tool complies with DFARS Subparts 204.73, 239.76 and contains all 110 requirements and the 125 referenced controls from NIST 800-53. The software is ideal for small businesses or subcontractors who only have to comply with the DFARS NIST 800-171.

Early registrants could qualify for a scholarship to aid compliance efforts ($2,300 value)

Valued at $2,300, the additional assistance consists of an online, one-on-one session with an individual consultant trained in compliance requirements.  During the two-day online session, Imprimis consultants will walk the software user through the assessment of all 110 requirements needed for DFARS compliance. Based on the assessment results, Imprimis will provide recommended actions for companies to take when creating their plans to become DFARS compliant.

To learn more about qualifying criteria and to register, click here.

About DFARS compliance

*In compliance with Executive Order 13556, Contractors or subcontractors to government agencies and organizations must provide documentation and evidence proving that they are protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in order to show DFARS compliance. To be considered in compliance, an organization must complete a cybersecurity assessment based on the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171. Any areas found to be at risk need documented remediation strategies. Contractors affected by this mandate must implement the remediation strategies in order to continue to do business with governmental agencies and organizations after Dec. 31, 2017.

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