Neal and Alan will speak at the New York Photonics Business Meeting on September 9th on the new Department of Defense (DOD) cybersecurity standards for defense contractors.  Specifically, the DOD will establish uniform cybersecurity compliance standards for its defense contractors and may permit contractors to treat as allowable, and therefore reimbursable, the costs of bringing their programs into compliance. DOD believes that a very small percentage of its contractors now comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Publication (NIST) SP 800-171, which contains the standards on which DOD’s current cybersecurity requirements are based. Compliance with the standard will require certification by a third-party assessor; companies will no longer be allowed to self-certify that their cybersecurity practices are sufficient.

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