Gartner Research

U.S. Federal Vendors Cannot Ignore New FAR and DFARS Cybersecurity Rules

Published: 05 October 2016

ID: G00314508

Analyst(s): Katell Thielemann

Summary

After continued escalation in cyberattacks on federal systems, the U.S. government has issued new acquisition regulations targeting cybersecurity. Business unit leaders must address them immediately, as failure to do so could hinder or prevent participation in this more than $100 billion market.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Even though many definitional, implementation and compliance questions remain, failure to accept the new clauses will preclude vendors from performing federal work, and failure to comply could lead to breach of contracts, False Claim Act liability or debarment
  • Despite being both aligned to NIST SP 800-171, FAR and DFARS have different scopes and applicability, which will impact vendors in varying ways, depending on their role in the federal supply chain
  • New tools and services designed to evaluate gaps between the as-is environment and the NIST controls, as well as migration to government-specific cloud environments, can accelerate vendors' paths to compliance

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