Recommendations on Cyber Security to Contractors Dealing With the Government
There are NIST standards which are meant to ensure that contractors dealing with the government have put enough measures to guard the information they hold. These requirements define the kind of protection and the people to safeguard the information.
The policy is meant to address the role of contractors in cybersecurity.
NIST requirements rhyme with the requirements of the law for maintaining the secrecy of information related to the government. There are many requirements to be observed.
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. Everyone should be taken through on what they should do to prevent the cyber-attacks.
There should be regular system reports generated. The system report is crucial in monitoring the system. A report is generated any time people to do mischievous activities in the system. This helps in locating cyber criminals and nabbing them.
It also helps to ensure that the system inventory is well configured.
The requirements also recommends that the identity of the users should be verified before being allowed entry. Unauthorized users cannot be able to interfere with the federal information located in the contractor’s database.
There should be an establishment of a program to ensure that any incidences are reported to the authority.
Maintain a periodic maintenance of the system to enhance its effectiveness. Have qualified employees to coordinate this maintenance. Ensure that the staff who check the system are limited to the far they can get when it comes to access. Digital and paper information should be well secured.
The physical information systems tools should be limited to a few people.
The system should have different features that screen the person trying to access the system.
The should be a proper mechanism to evaluate different cyber-attacks and design ways which can be used to handle them.
The organization should look at various controls from time to time and establish their effectiveness. This is crucial in knowing whether to continue with them or change. Implementation plans should be made to ensure that mistakes are corrected.
The system communication should be well safeguarded. The proper controls should be put in place to avoid landing into the wrongs hands.
The system integrity should be guaranteed. There should be a real-time report generated. There should be no delay in correcting system errors. Protection against hackers is done by installing appropriate firewalls.
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.