There are newly established rules on how government information found in the contractors systems do not get to the wrong people. Unauthorized users are kept at bay when it comes to sensitive information.
The policy is meant to address the role of contractors in cybersecurity.
The guidelines are in line with cybersecurity regulations. Contractors should check a few things.
It has provided the regulation on access to information. The information pertaining the contract should be limited to only a few people in the organization. Thus one cannot access it if not authorized to do so.
It also ensure that the internal users of the systems know the risks that the information system faces. They should be trained adequately on how to mitigate the risks.
There should be regular system reports generated. This is important as it reports on any unauthorized entry. A report is generated any time people to do mischievous activities in the system. The individuals concerned can be tracked and brought to book.
The organization can know everything it has regarding information systems.
The user’s details should be confirmed before getting into the system. This is very critical as it effectively makes it very hard for unauthorized users to gain entry.
The relevant authorities should be aware of any cases of cybercrimes attempted in your system.
You should have period checkup of the system. There should be adequate staff to conduct the maintenance of the system. The system should also be guarded on being interfered by people who are involved in the maintenance. Digital and paper information should be well secured.
Only the authorized people should be able to access these installations.
The people that are getting into the system should be screened to ensure they are the right personnel.
People are supposed to look at various risks with a view to making sure that they put the necessary controls to minimize them or even ensure they are eliminated.
The security controls should be tested after a certain period. This is crucial in knowing whether to continue with them or change. Implementation plans should be made to ensure that mistakes are corrected.
The system communication should be well safeguarded. Confidential information in the wrong hands can wreak havoc.
The information system should be working efficiently. Reports indicating various things happening in the system should be easy to generate. There should be no delay in correcting system errors. Put the proper controls to ensure there are harmful codes that can allow unwarranted entry into the system.
Compliance to this requirements is key in ensuring that cyber-attacks are minimized.
NIST publication 800-171 exhorts the government agencies to work closely with small firms to have other security considerations that can be practical to the contractors who operate in small scale.