NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC Compliance: We All Have A Part To Play

The “why” behind security compliance standards is often overlooked. Usually, talk of compliance with business leaders brings up feelings of confusion, stress, or dread. We understand it is difficult to decipher the compliance standards, let alone translate them into what you need to do to get or keep your business compliant. However, talk of compliance brings up different feelings for us here at On Call because we know the “why” behind the standards.

When we work on bringing a client up to compliance standards, we get excited, feel fulfilled, and even patriotic because we understand the impact our work has on the safety of our Department of Defense.

The Why Behind NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC

One of the biggest threats to national security: the disruption of the defense supply chain.

Strict security standards for any business involved in the defense supply chain have been proven necessary. Information on weapons development or vehicle or aircraft designs we obviously want to keep to ourselves, but those aren’t the only things we need to keep secure.

Consider if one of the major suppliers of food for troops got locked out of their system and couldn’t produce and deliver it? Though a seemingly small and non-secret component, not delivering food packages on time could cause some major disruptions to military activity.

Weakening any link within the defense supply chain threatens to break it. Compliance standards have been put into place to ensure that the links of the chain stay secure.

If you would like to read more on the Why behind NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC, read our previous blog here.

Our Part To Play

The government has done the hard work of identifying areas of weakness and detailing how you must fortify them; it is on us to make sure we get our systems up to par and well maintained. This is not an easy task, but it is a small way of protecting those that protect us. As DoD contractors, we know you are proud of the part your business is playing in our national security.

Here at On Call, we are driven by that same patriotism. We have fallen in love with working with DoD contractors to get and stay compliant. Our part is raising your security to meet or surpass the compliance standards, ensuring you can stay in business, and our defense supply chain stays as strong as ever. If you are stressing about the new CMMC standards or maintaining your compliance with NIST SP 800-171, we can help. Give us a call today.

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