DFARS 252.204-7012: Aerojet Rockets to a Courtroom Sting

I was stunned to learn that Aerojet, a division of Rocketdyne, set legal precedent three weeks ago in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California. The heart of the matter is an allegation that Aerojet made false [...]

DFARS 252.204-7012: Aerojet Rockets to a Courtroom Sting2019-06-24T10:32:35-07:00

What does a FIPS 199 impact assessment mean to you?

If you are a subcontractor to a prime defense contractor like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics and others, you need to know about FIPS 199 and why doing a FIPS impact assessment is important to your [...]

What does a FIPS 199 impact assessment mean to you?2019-05-14T07:36:50-07:00

New password guidelines from the US federal government via NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued new guidelines regarding secure passwords. Who is NIST? NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency whose purpose is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by [...]

New password guidelines from the US federal government via NIST2019-04-19T13:20:38-07:00

What changed in NIST 800-171 r1?

If you must comply with NIST 800-171 under DFARS you may wonder what has changed with the first revision, released in December, 2016.  There are two substantive changes:  "Information Systems" has been replaced by "Systems" throughout the document.  This mean the [...]

What changed in NIST 800-171 r1?2017-07-10T21:15:22-07:00

What changed in NIST 800-171r1?

If you must comply with NIST 800-171 under DFARS you may wonder what has changed with the first revision, released in December, 2016.  There are two substantive changes: 1.  "Information Systems" has been replaced by "Systems" throughout the document.  This [...]

What changed in NIST 800-171r1?2017-06-28T15:00:14-07:00

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.

How to get DFARS 252.204-7012 compliant and legal2018-11-30T08:56:50-07:00

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 demandsThe 24x7 world of the internet is driving companies to operate in real time all the [...]

Alvaka Networks Open House Invitation2017-03-01T11:20:00-07:00

DFARS pre-assessment questionnaire

Los Angeles, CA - Tonight I am reviewing our new DFARS Pre-Assessment Questionnaire that has just been updated for 2017. It is a very compact 30 questions in a four page document. It of course is not a full DFARS assessment, but it is step one of your process you must do before anything else on your DFARS compliance journey.

DFARS is the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. It is a supplement to the FAR that provides DoD-specific acquisition regulations that DoD government acquisition officials – and those contractors doing business with DoD – must follow in the procurement process for goods and services.

If you are an aerospace company, Department of Defense contractor or another type of organization that falls under....

DFARS pre-assessment questionnaire2018-11-30T09:07:16-07:00