As 2017 approaches, organizations and businesses may look back at 2016 as the most defining year to date for cybersecurity and countermeasures.
The growing number of threats to organizations include vulnerabilities from social media, emerging internet of things (IoT) issues and enhanced compliance requirements. Mobile is being surpassed as a descriptive media as more offensive attacks focus on the application weaknesses like the recent Dyn attacks that shut down Twitter, among other sites.
There is no such thing as ‘impenetrable defense’ no matter how “compliant” an organization may be in using cybersecurity best practices.
Recent regulatory requirements coming out of the government indicate that system and information cybersecurity and appropriate controls and countermeasures are high priorities. For many contractors, especially small and mid-sized businesses, the FAR and DFARS requirements for controlled unclassified information (CUI) will be top-of-mind in 2017; however, depending on the complexity of enterprise missions, this should already be underway. The CUI compliance standard, National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, Rev. 1, is now a crucial priority for many federal contractors desiring to be competitive in the acquisition and performance process.
Source: Federal Times