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The White House’s New National Cyber Strategy: How It Impacts Government Contractors

President Donald Trump revealed a new National Cyber Strategy centering around four pillars of priority in September 2018. The strategy includes two main areas of impact for government contractors to include: Strengthen Federal Contractor Cybersecurity Improve Federal Supply Chain Risk Management The Four Pillars The National Cyber Strategy follows the release of the May 2017 […]

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The Differences Between Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing

Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing are two different things in the world of cyber security. Both are important in their respective roles, needed in cyber risk analysis, and required by standards such as PCI, HIPAA, and ISO 27001. Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing depend primarily on three different factors: Scope Risk and criticality of assets […]

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How to Become NIST 800-171 Compliant

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication (NIST 800-171) is a set of security requirements necessary for working with the Department of Defense. These requirements include secure file sharing and information exchange governance, such as how you store, access, exchange, and govern sensitive information with the agency. NIST 800-171 applies to all organizations, […]

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A Look Inside the Future of Cybersecurity Jobs

Cybersecurity jobs will see incredible growth through 2022. In fact, it is anticipated that job growth in this sector will increase by 37% per year. In 2018 alone, there were an estimated half million cybersecurity jobs unfilled in the United States. The primary reason cybersecurity is a job of the future is due to the […]

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Cyber Security Considered Critical Factor Within Government Contracting

Cyber security is a critical factor within government contracting, and it has received increasing attention within the U.S. federal government as technology continues to evolve. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued two final rules that changed the DoD Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS). DFARS Clauses Focus on Cyber Security Under DFARS 252.204-7012, Safeguarding […]

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What is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA, requires the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to protect privacy and security of certain health information. Prior to 1996, no security standards or general requirements for protecting health information existed in the healthcare industry. HIPAA applies […]

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H2L Solutions Internship 2018

H2L Solutions, Inc., a HUBZone and Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), recently completed its first comprehensive internship program. H2L Solutions is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, and provides cybersecurity and information assurance services and support for government and commercial clients. The dire state of cybersecurity in the United States is well-known—the lack of cyber-trained professionals, devastating […]

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The Importance of Information Security Requirements for Federal Contractors

The federal government upholds strict information security requirements for federal contractors to comply to through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171. These measures have been implemented to prevent federal government data from being exposed on contractor networks. Previously, proprietary information was susceptible to exposure due to two trends. Contractor-Owned Information Systems Federal […]

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6 Steps to Apply the Risk Management Framework to Your Company’s Data Security

To address the changing threat landscape in the world of cyber, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) periodically updates its Risk Management Framework (RMF). The RMF is a standards-based, security-by-design process, required for all IT systems within DoD agencies. As an added precaution, federal contractors should be held to the same standards. While […]

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Takeaways From The 2018 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and 2018 marked 15 years of the annual initiative. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort put on by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance each year, ensuring every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online, while increasing […]

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