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Why Every DoD Contractor Needs an MSSP Partner

Billy Hollister
December 8, 2020

DoD Compliance touches virtually every aspect of your business. Although it may feel secondary to your primary tasks, it’s arguably the most crucial aspect of your operations. Unfortunately, it can also become a roadblock if it’s not well managed or simply unrealistic to tackle in-house.

A Managed Security Service Provider(MSSP) can help protect your data, mitigate security risks, and ensure your operations meet the ever-evolving list of relevant federal compliance requirements. In this post, you'll read about the value a right-fit MSSP can bring to your DoD contracts and service offerings.

Enable Your Teams

In many cases, internal operations aren’t adequately equipped to manage emerging cybersecurity requirements. Even if your internal IT teams understand each regulation, they likely have enough on their plates day-to-day without adding new compliance tasks to their schedule. Bringing in additional experts can help your teams stay focused while you work toward compliance.

An MSSP provides end-to-end technical expertise to shape your entire technology infrastructure. Not only do these partners understand cybersecurity compliance from a technical perspective, but they’re also intimately familiar with the DoD industry and its unique challenges.

Your new partner will leverage years of industry expertise to get you up to speed with ease and efficiency, so you can focus on your business’s bottom line. They do the hard work for you, calling out critical gaps and uncovering new opportunities for improvement along the way.

Mitigate Data Security Risks

Improper CUI management and failure to comply with federal regulations significantly impacts your ability to win DoD contracts. Furthermore, even if you’re able to win new business without the proper compliance and security measures in place, the average cost of a breach reaches upward of $4.6 million per incident, leaving your business in a dangerous position should one occur.

Defense data's sensitivity poses unique risks beyond a typical breach. When you carefully manage sensitive information, you're protecting more than just your business. In fact, the ripple effect of your efforts reaches all the way up to national security. Safeguarding confidential data related to Defense operations supports defense readiness and protects the lives of our armed forces.

Enhanced DoD compliance regulations like the DFARS Interim Rule are direct results of the risks associated with storing and maintaining sensitive data. To win key DoD contracts, task orders, or delivery orders that include DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, you’ll need to meet this new requirement. You need an MSSP with extensive knowledge about the Interim Rule assessment, scoring, and submission process.

An experienced MSSP understands the ins and outs of DoD compliance. Don’t rely on your busy internal IT department to complete assessments and submissions for you. Instead, partner with an MSSP and see results in as little as 35 hours. Your MSSP not only understands the legally-required evaluation and scoring process but also how to create measurable action plans that will raise your score and improve data management overall.

Get Ahead, Stay Ahead

The DFARS Interim Rule went into effect on November 30, 2020. With the initial phases of CMMC following close behind in January 2021, compliance is a non-negotiable as it's likely to affect your DoD contracts in the near future. A reliable who can evolve with internal IT changes and legal regulations will ensure you achieve compliance and reduce cybersecurity risks.

If you prioritize compliance today, you’ll get ahead of your competitors and stay ahead in the long term. However, if you wait until the deadline, you’ll be playing catch-up and risking a breach in compliance that may affect your contracts, reputation and future business deals.

Don’t wait until crunch time. Meet federal compliance regulations now so you can get back to what matters most — protecting people and property. Peerless helps businesses navigate the complexities of DoD compliance with the DFARS Interim Rule. We’ll assist with the self-assessment, internal audit, and third-party assessments of the many complex IT and Cybersecurity requirements in NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC.

Are You Ready for DFARS and CMMC Compliance? Contact us today to speak with a Cybersecurity expert!

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