New cybersecurity regulations to affect government contractors

Written By: David Lee
  • 11/18/2016

Government contractors have had to keep up with a flurry of newly issued cybersecurity-related regulations from the federal government, with more rules expected. These new regulations affect a range of federal contractors and their subcontractors, with a dizzying array of interconnected sets of requirements and standards on handling controlled unclassified information (CUI).

The challenge for federal contractors is that their focus is on fulfilling their contracts, building and servicing equipment, not on the enormous IT security infrastructure that is essentially mandated for manufacturers with federal contracts. And while most manufacturers are keenly aware of the changing federal cybersecurity regulatory landscape, they don’t know where or how to start. 

For many federal contractors, managing CUI means moving to the ever-elusive “cloud”. But other than being a tech buzzword, what does the cloud, and cloud security mean? Cloud solutions allow for faster processing and more flexibility in computing in an agile and efficient platform. However, making information that is stored in the cloud secure has been difficult, with several conflicting or redundant approaches to information security, wasting money and time.

Enter FedRAMP.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Among several benefits to FedRAMP is enhanced transparency between government and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), as well as improved trustworthiness, reliability, consistency, and quality of the Federal security authorization process. Instead of having to vet cloud vendors for your business and hope that they are compliant with federal cybersecurity regulations, FedRAMP has done the verification process for you. It’s important to note that even FedRAMP-approved vendors have to be compliant at the “moderate” level of security, which is a special designation that doesn’t apply to all cloud vendors.

Federal government contractors seem pulled between stricter cybersecurity regulations and a variety of cloud vendors, each with different security designations, all of whom require contractors to relinquish control of their data and trust that it’s secure – leading some contractors to wish they could just… do nothing.
Non-compliance is simply not an option.

Here is a reality check: the compliance train is hurtling toward your business and supply chain, and you have 130 security controls to implement in as little as 30 days for newly awarded contracts. These new rules involving data security apply to business roles that don’t necessarily have data protection as a business priority.

And the good news: PTC’s secure cloud-based solutions for Service Parts Management and more are FedRAMP compliant at the “moderate” designation, and are already designed to meet or exceed current and new federal cybersecurity regulations. PTC’s secure cloud services allow you to:

  • Meet new federal cybersecurity regulations proactively with no disruption to current business
  • Be agile when it comes to meeting future cybersecurity regulations
  • Quickly and efficiently move your existing data to the cloud, minimizing non-compliance reports
  • Integrate your subcontractors, allowing for downstream visibility and alignment
  • Integrate cloud technology tested and trusted by experts in federal regulation

To learn more about PTC’s secure cloud-based solutions or to set up a consultation with a PTC cloud expert, visit our cloud security page here.


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About the Author

David Lee

David has over 20 years of experience of creating, implementing, and measuring marketing programs to reach targeted audiences.

As part of the Demand Generation marketing team at PTC he is currently managing, planning, and executing inbound and outbound marketing programs in partnership with global marketing teams.

David enjoys staying up on current marketing and technology trends, reading, and photography.