September 27, 2017 // 1:24 PM
Are you aware of the mandatory cybersecurity DFARS compliance deadline of December 31, 2017? (See Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012, “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.”) Cybersecurity guidelines required by the Department of Defense (DoD) are likely to have an enormous impact on the nation's approved manufacturers that received DoD contracts in 2016. As of December 31, 2017, all DoD contractors (including small businesses) must meet minimum cybersecurity requirements or risk losing DoD business. Unfortunately, many manufacturing companies are not even aware of this deadline and what they must do to become compliant.