Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You

Do you want to be eligible for government contracts in the future? Per President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, a DoD and GSA joint working group recently recommended how cybersecurity can be implemented in federal acquisitions. The White House has recommended that the joint working group move quickly to develop an implementation plan for these recommendations, and outreach efforts are currently underway. For starters, all contractors must implement basic cybersecurity hygiene, take a close look at their supply chains, and ensure their workforce receives adequate cybersecurity training.

Specific key recommendations include:

Establish Baseline Cybersecurity as a Condition of Award -

For acquisitions presenting cyber risk, the government should only do business with organizations meeting baseline cybersecurity hygiene requirements. Baseline cybersecurity will apply to the contractor itself, and its products and services. The baseline recommendations include...

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