Recommendations on Cyber Security to Contractors Dealing With the Government
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 information pertaining the contract should be limited to only a few people in the organization. You cannot get into the system if you are not allowed to do so.
It also ensure that the internal users of the systems know the risks that the information system faces. They should be trained adequately on how to mitigate the risks.
There should be regular system reports generated. 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 security feature helps to arrest the people who try to interfere with the system.
There is proper configuration management of all the things that assist in having an information system.
There should be proper identification before a user is allowed into the system. Unauthorized users cannot be able to interfere with the federal information located in the contractor’s database.
No incidence should be allowed to happen without proper reporting.
There should be regular maintenance of the information system. Involve competent people in this maintenance. The system should also be guarded on being interfered by people who are involved in the maintenance. Ensure there is protection of the system media which has the CUI which is both in the electronic and in the hard paper.
Limit the people who can access the room which the computers and other devices involved are contained.
There should be proper checks which restrict the users.
The should be a proper mechanism to evaluate different cyber-attacks and design ways which can be used to handle them.
The security controls should be tested after a certain period. 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.
The system communication should be well safeguarded. Confidential information in the wrong hands can wreak havoc.
The system integrity should be guaranteed. There should be a real-time report generated. There should be no delay in correcting system errors. The system should be protected from malicious viruses that are meant to allow unauthorized users.
Compliance to this requirements is key in ensuring that cyber-attacks are minimized.
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.