New Hampshire PTAC Hosts DFARS Cybersecurity Conference

July 7, 2017

NIST Computer Scientist Urges Documentation of Information Systems

Source: NH Business Review, Liisa Rajala, June 29, 2017

Records of protocols and user access are essential to obtain DOD contracts

Companies interested in contracting with the federal government in the defense and homeland security supply chain must have documented cybersecurity protocols in place, including distinguishing which employees have access to making changes in the systems, says Patricia Toth, supervisory computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Toth was the featured speaker at the DFARS Cybersecurity Conference, held on June 29 at Nashua Community College. The event was co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center and NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership to better inform companies of a Dec. 31 deadline for NIST Standard Protocol 800-171.

As part of NIST’s Computer Security Division, Toth was one of the architects for 171.

Small businesses that have contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense were familiar with the traditional 853 standard protocol, which requires confidentiality of information shared.  READ MORE….

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