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DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance, Reporting & Certification for Texas Businesses (Houston, Dallas, Austin)

Texas Compliance, LLC provides comprehensive DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance, reporting, and certification for Texas businesses in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio (and other surrounding areas) that are providing services to the Department of Defense (DoD). Increased cybersecurity threats have resulted in swift action by the federal government for ensuring contractors ensure the safety and security of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI). Say goodbye to soft enforcement by the DoD and other federal agencies when it comes to information security, and hello to yet another wave of new regulatory compliance mandates.

Texas’ Leading Provider of DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance

For primes and subs providing services to the DoD, compliance with DFARS NIST 800-171 is a strict mandate on or before December 31, 2017, which means taking comprehensive steps for assessing one’s internal controls as it relates to DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance. Additionally, many organizations in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio are required to become DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant may already be performing annual FISMA assessments – and if so – efficiencies of scale and leveraging of such initiatives can be had for DFARS 800-171 – so speak with the national security and federal regulatory compliance experts today at Texas Compliance, LLC.

6 Things to Know About DFARS NIST 800-171 for Texas Businesses

  1. It’s Best to Begin with a Readiness & Gap Assessment

  2. Documentation is Critical for DFARS NIST 800-171

  3. Remediation is Essential, and Quite Common

  4. Security Tools are Necessary for Compliance

  5. Continuous Monitoring is the New Norm

  6. The Federal Compliance Drumbeat is JUST Beginning

With yet another round of compliance reporting hitting federal contractors in Texas, it’s important to understand the entire DFARS NIST 800-171 landscape for ultimately helping your business become compliant, efficiently and cost-effectively. Here’s what you need to know, courtesy of Texas Compliance, LLC:

  1. It’s Best to Begin with a Readiness & Gap Assessment: Do you have a clear understanding of the reporting mandates for DFARS 800-171compliance? Are you well aware of the control clauses contained within NIST SP 800-171 and how they apply to your organization? Do you have a strong understanding of what constitutes Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI)? If not, then it’s time to consider performing a DFARS readiness & gap assessment with the professionals at Texas Compliance, LLC.

    As part of our process, we’ll evaluate all necessary initiatives for ensuring you have a clear understanding of CUI and CDI boundaries, what deficiencies exist within your control environment, steps to take for correcting such issues, and much more. It’s a critically important element for helping ensure you meet DFARS 800-171 compliance on time and within budget.

    The DOD is serious – as are all other federal agencies – about ensuring the safety and security of sensitive data, so welcome to the growing world of regulatory compliance as there’s no turning back now. Texas Compliance, LLC offers DFARS NIST 800-171 readiness & gap assessments at fixed-fees, often in conjunction with performing other essential DFARS services, such as policy writing and third-party audits.

  2. Documentation is Critical for DFARS NIST 800-171: Have you noticed something interesting in the world of regulatory compliance? It’s about documentation and the need for comprehensive information security policies and procedures. Every company – and we mean every company that we work with – encounters some degree of difficulty in terms of developing InfoSec policies and procedures. They either don’t have time or resources, have documentation that’s old and not relevant, or any other related issues.

    The point to make is clear. Developing information security policies and procedures for regulatory compliance is time-consuming, challenging, and rather mundane. So, what’s the solution? Easy – use Texas Compliance, LLC’s world-class FISMA NIST 800-53 policy templates & DFARS NIST 800-171 policy templates and toolkits for rapid compliance. The documentation we offer is incredibly comprehensive, easy-to-use, and implement, and is available to all of our valued clients.

  3. Remediation is Essential, and Quite Common: Don’t be surprised if your organization has to perform considerable remediation for ensuring full and complete compliance with the actual NIST 800-171 publication. Why? Because most federal contractors new to compliance have never seen the NIST 800-171 controls before, thus naturally, gaps and deficiencies will exist.

    As to the gaps and deficiencies that are present, we’ve already spoken about the need for documentation, such as information security policies and procedures. But there’s more, much more. Specifically, there’s operational measures that need to be implemented, along with an almost laundry list of security tools and solutions that are needed.

    Here are some examples. From an operational perspective, DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance requires federal contractors to perform an annual risk assessment, implement security awareness training, and more. Have you performed these tasks – if not – Texas Compliance, LLC can assist, as we offer world-class NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 policy toolkits and templates for instant download today.

  4. Security Tools are Necessary for Compliance: When the federal compliance drumbeat comes calling, you’ll need to be ready with a lengthy list of security tools and solutions. Think of the following: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), File Integrity Monitoring (FIM), vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, audit logs and audit trails, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), and more.

    Finding, acquiring, implementing, monitoring, and maintaining such tools can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming, luckily, Texas Compliance, LLC can help. How? By putting you in touch with the right vendors who offer the right services at the right price. Please note that the whole process of finding the necessary security tools, then implementing them, is a critical step that can be very costly if the wrong tools are purchased. The last thing any business wants to do is spend thousands of dollars on tools that are not the right fit. It happens all the time, and its why Texas Compliance, LLC highly recommends working with us on this critical step.

  5. Continuous Monitoring is the New Norm: Are you now compliant with DFARS NIST SP 800-171? Congratulations, but that’s just the beginning as regulatory compliance is the new norm. This means that continuously monitoring one’s information security landscape – and related NIST SP 800-171 controls – is essential. Texas Compliance, LLC can assist Texas businesses in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and other surrounding areas. How? By offering outsourced regulatory compliance services and solutions for any type of compliance mandates, especially DFARS NIST SP 800-171.

  6. The Federal Compliance Drumbeat is JUST Beginning: Can you hear the drumbeat getting louder and louder out of the halls of Congress? If so, you’re not alone as federal regulatory compliance has hit a fever pitch. DFARS NIST SP 800-171, along with FISMA compliance, are two of the biggest hurdles that thousands of federal contractors all throughout the country – including Texas – have to overcome.

    If you’re a Texas business in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and other surrounding areas that needs federal compliance help, reach out to Texas Compliance, LLC today. We’re born and bred Lone Star compliance professionals that are ready to help.

The Texas Compliance Experts for DFARS NIST SP 800-171

Whatever your compliance needs are, Texas Compliance, LLC is ready to assist. We offer a wide-range of information security, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance services and solutions. Need assistance with GDPR, GLBA, HIPAA, HITRUST, FISMA, and many other compliance mandates? Then contact us today When it comes to DFARS NIST SP 800-171 compliance for Texas businesses in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and other surrounding areas, the only name you need to know is Texas Compliance, LLC.



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