How to get DFARS 252.204-7012 compliant and legal

December 31, 2017 is an important date for many in the DoD world. For those with contracts subject to DFARS 252.204-7012 it might feel like an overwhelming and impending date. I am sure this is another heavy responsibility thrown onto your plate with the expectation you get it done. There might even be an “or else” implied with the responsibility. For your company it is overwhelming too as your employer might have an “or else” threat to top-line and bottom-line financials. If you are feeling the stress, come join your peers and get on your way to compliance today by clicking here to register for the Lunch and Learn.

So, you have been told that you must be compliant with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012. In order to meet these obligations you must follow the NIST Special Publication 800-171r1 guidelines. You have until December 31st, 2017 to get with the program and become compliant. The first quarter of 2017 is already behind us. For many, there is much to do in the coming months and the sooner the process begins the sooner compliance can be realized. If you are just starting out on the journey to compliance, take a look here at our recent article on your DFARS obligations and the basics of what you must do to become compliant. If you are already aware and looking for improved understanding or just simply know you need help, join us at our lunch-n-learn:

Wednesday April 26th, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2 Executive Circle, Suite 210, Irvine, CA 92614

Our highly-qualified team of compliance professionals, with decades of cyber security and compliance experience, are ready to meet your readiness needs. They will be speaking to both legal and technical issues involved in gaining compliance. We have mature and comprehensive processes that ensure your strengths and gaps are identified and remediated.

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5 warning signs that shadow IT lurks in your company

Here is a blog by our friend Joe Stangarone of mrc's Cup of Joe Blog. He writes about the dangers of shadow aka stealth IT and how to spot it. Shadow IT is basically software and services that enter your company network without your knowledge or permission. Here is his blog....

Summary: A growing trend, “Shadow IT” is a term used to describe IT systems and solutions built and/or used inside organizations without the approval of the IT department. This could include anything from employees emailing spreadsheets back and forth to entire departments licensing third-party, cloud solutions behind IT’s back. The problem: Since Shadow IT usually happens on the sneak, IT departments don’t know where (or how much) it’s happening. Is Shadow IT lurking in your business? Read this article to learn the warning signs. 


Like it or not, Shadow IT is probably alive and well in your organization. Recent surveys find that it’s not only growing, it’s far more rampant than business leaders realize.

What can you do about it? In past articles, we’ve explored a few ways to address and reduce risks of Shadow IT. We’ve looked at:

That being said, there’s still a problem: You can’t address Shadow IT if you can’t see it. How do you know whether or not Shadow IT lurks in your company?


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We got your picture even without a microwave

his is a picture laden blog. There might even be a picture of you. We had our Open House on March 9th and I can’t be more proud. Kristian, Sara, Bernice and Teresa did a fantastic job promoting and organizing the event. The office looks great. We beat our attendance target. What surprised me the most was the energy at the event and how long people stayed to network, chat and learn about new stuff.

Here are some fun pictures. Some are a bit sentimental for me.

A sentimental photo, here we have Juan Lopez (a 20+ year veteran of Alvaka Networks), Yvonne Clemens (a 20+ year client of Alvaka Networks), and Rex Frank our first service manager and now an industry icon in what else… service management.

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Alvaka Networks Open House Invitation

Orange County, CA - Alvaka Networks moves to larger headquarters in service expansion driven by security, DFARS/NIST 800-171 and IT uptime and performance management demands

The 24x7 world of the internet is driving companies to operate in real time all the time with more security and compliance than ever before. Those challenges to public and private entities is driving continued growth at Alvaka Networks. In order to meet those demands we are excited to announce our Open House for our new headquarters in Irvine adjacent to John Wayne Airport.

Please accept our invitation to our Open House on March 9th, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. We have several speaker presentations, food and drink, prizes and our award winning staff on hand.
Click Here to let us know you are attending our Open House

The latest trends in government contracting

Los Angeles, CA - 2017 is going to be highlighted as a banner year for some DoD related contractors, and a sad downturn for others. Why? DFARS 252.204-7012 is going to define new winners and losers in defense contracting. Within this Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement is NIST SP 800-171r1, a security requirement that affects the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI). Our government is tired of seeing our expensive and secret developments painstakingly developed by our best and brightest in the DoD community falling into the hands of foreign entities. This new security supplement is designed to stop that from happening.

So what are we seeing? We are seeing a steady stream of sub-contractors coming to Alvaka Networks desperately seeking assistance in meeting the demands of this new regulation for fear they will lose contracts and revenues. Prime contractors RaytheonNorthrop GrummanLockheed MartinTextronGeneral Dynamics and Boeing are sending out letters to subs and this in turn is causing a sudden panic and urgency that I have not seen in a long-time. Alvaka Networks has put together a team DFARS 252.204-7012. This team is led by our Chief Information and Security Officer/EVP Kevin McDonald who many of you at Technolink know. If you need assistance or advice on how to be best prepared for these new requirements please give him a call at 949 428-5000 or e-mail him at   


Read Kevin’s SearchCompliance TechTarget story here - DFARS compliance targets 'controlled unclassified information'