Compliance Guidelines on Cyber Security for Government Contractors
There are newly established rules on how government information found in the contractors systems do not get to the wrong people. Unauthorized users are kept at bay when it comes to sensitive information.
Government contractors are put on task to ensure that they maintain high standards.
Policies ensure that people can comply with the laws. The policies on cybersecurity has had different components.
It has provided the regulation on access to information. The access to information on government contractors is meant to be limited to some user. Thus one cannot access it if not authorized to do so.
Management, as well as the employees, should understand the threat their systems faces. There should be an adequate training on proper maintenance of the information system.
It recommends creation of records to ease in auditing. The system report is crucial in monitoring the system. The system manager can be able to see dubious activities being done in the system and take the right action. The individuals concerned can be tracked and brought to book.
There is proper configuration management of all the things that assist in having an information system.
The requirements also recommends that the identity of the users should be verified before being allowed entry. This is very critical as it effectively makes it very hard for unauthorized users to gain entry.
No incidence should be allowed to happen without proper reporting.
Maintain a periodic maintenance of the system to enhance its effectiveness. Involve competent people in this maintenance. The system should also be guarded on being interfered by people who are involved in the maintenance. Digital and paper information should be well secured.
The physical information systems tools should be limited to a few people.
There should be proper checks which restrict the users.
There is a recommendation that the possible risks should be examined periodically.
The organization should look at various controls from time to time and establish their effectiveness. This evaluation helps the organization to chart the way forward in regard to cybersecurity. The should provide a well-laid framework on how to address the problems noted in the controls.
Whatever is passing through the system should be confidential. The proper controls should be put in place to avoid landing into the wrongs hands.
The system integrity should be guaranteed. Reports indicating various things happening in the system should be easy to generate. Any flaws in the system should be noted immediately and corrected. The system should be protected from malicious viruses that are meant to allow unauthorized users.
Cyber security is guaranteed once you have the right security controls in place.
NIST publication 800-171 exhorts the government agencies to work closely with small firms to have other security considerations that can be practical to the contractors who operate in small scale.