All Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA contractors must meet Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum cybersecurity standards or risk losing federal contracts.

If you’re like many businesses, you may not know what is expected or even how to get started. Not to worry. CONNSTEP has assembled a team of leading cybersecurity experts to help ensure you will be compliant with the controls described in NIST Special Publication 800-171.


Our services include a methodical approach that includes:

Executive Overview of DFARS Compliance and NIST SP 800-171
• Steps and processes required to achieve compliance over time and other related federal cyber regulations.

Gap Analysis
• Evaluate security controls, identify gaps with respect to NIST SP 800-171, and develop recommendations for improvements in a Plan of Action with Milestones (POAM).

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
• Verifies that all technology and physical security aspects are working properly. A penetration test may be necessary.

Customized Plan Development
• System Security Plan: based on the current state of your system with input from your IT resources, also contributes to CMMC preparation.
• Incident Response Plan: to help detect, respond to, and recover from network security issues.
• Policy and Procedures: documentation designed to meet NIST SP 800-171 standards and train employees on them.

Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET®)
• CSET is a software package from the Department of Homeland Security that provides a systematic and repeatable approach for assessing the security posture of your cyber systems and networks.


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