Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Forces Committee claim that the Department of Defense is not taking strong enough action against defense contractors in regards to protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), which is putting all of that data at risk. Given the increasing vulnerability of U.S. systems to cyber threats in recent years, the Committee is concerned about the current regulations and best practices surrounding cybersecurity and data protection.

As a result, we will likely see considerably more pressure coming onto DFARS 252.204-7012 Compliance, which puts cybersecurity safeguards on what the U.S. government calls ‘controlled unclassified information.’ The motivation behind DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) is the need to protect the confidentiality of this sensitive information (trade secrets, plans, specifications, etc.) that is out in the DoD supply chain.

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