DFARS DoD Assessments & Certification

NDBGovSec provides comprehensive DFARS 225.204-7012 compliance services and solutions for Department of Defense (DoD) federal contractors seeking to obtain authorization to operate status of their information systems. What started years ago with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FIMSA) has now grown into FAR pronouncements that call for increased measures around information security and cybersecurity controls. DFARS 225.204-7012, along with FAR 52.204-21 (Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems), are two of the most notable examples of federal mandates now being placed on federal contractors. It’s a completely different world in terms of regulatory compliance from just a few years ago, with the DFARS provisions forcing contractors to spend considerable resources on becoming compliant. Talk to the experts today at NDBGovSec about our industry leading services for DFARS 225.204-7012 reporting.

What you need to know about DFARS

Compliance Has Arrived: Federal regulatory compliance with such provisions as DFARS is the new norm, as specific language is now finding its way into contracts between the DoD and their respective contractors (i.e., primes and subs). While the DoD is without question a large organization with an untold number of contractors providing services, DFARS language is being standardized throughout the agency, so expect a broad adoption of specific provisions for compliance.

Compliance Can be Challenging: With fourteen (14) control families requiring various operational, technical, and I.T. policies, procedures, and processes to be in place, you’ll need to spend considerable time reviewing, assessing, and determining your overall posture and readiness for DFARS 225.204-7012 compliance. A quick glance at the fourteen (14) control families clearly shows the depth of compliance for DFARS:

      • Access Control
      • Awareness and Training
      • Audit and Accountability
      • Configuration Management
      • Identification and Authentication
      • Incident Response
      • Maintenance
      • Media Protection
      • Personnel Security
      • Physical Protection
      • Risk Assessment
      • Security Assessment
      • System and Communications Protection
      • System and Information Integrity

Third-Party Assessments are Critical: Having a third-party provider, such as NDBGovSec, perform an actual assessment against the prescribed NIST controls is essential for illustrating compliance, and also necessary for obtaining the much-needed authorization to operate (ATO) an information systems platform.

Begin with a Scoping & Readiness Assessment: Understanding the merits of DFARS 225.204-7012 compliance requires contractors to assess a number of critical topics and subject matter, such as assessing CUI and CDI, determining scope boundaries, operational capacity factors, current control readiness – or lack thereof – in terms of policies, procedures, and processes, and much more. NDBGovSec offers answers to all these topics – and much more – when performing a DFARS scoping & readiness assessment, so contact Charles Denyer today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Perform Essential Remediation: From missing documentation, such as information security policies and procedures, to implementing and enhancing technical & security controls, there’s often work to be done in terms of remediation. It can be a time-consuming process, particularly on the documentation side, and it’s why NDBGovSec offers clients a DFARS Compliance Policy Packet containing essential policies, forms, checklists, templates – and more – for helping provide all necessary compliance documents. We also offer collaborative assistance with the implementation of technical and security controls, from vendor selection of various security tools, to actually helping install agents and other I.T. functions onto your information systems.

Implement Critical Operational Initiatives: Of the fourteen (14) family of controls within the NIST framework used for DFARS compliance, two (2) of them – Awareness and Training (AT) and Risk Assessment (RA) – require much more than just policy documents, they actually require contractors to perform various initiatives. Specifically, you’ll need to implement security awareness training initiatives, while also performing an actual risk assessment. NDBGovSec offers tools and resources for helping achieve compliance with both of these mandates.

Confirmation of Remediation Efforts: Before an independent, third-party firm assesses your environment for DFARS compliance against the prescribed NIST controls, you’ll need to ensure all remediation efforts have been successfully achieved, with necessary policies, procedures, and processes in place as required.

Who to Call for DFARS Compliance

Contact the DFARS 225.204-7012 compliance experts today at NDBGovSec by speaking with Charles Denyer at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705, or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today. NDBGovSec, a member of the NDB Alliance of Firms, has personnel with years of federal compliance expertise, including FISMA and many other reporting mandates. We also offer FAR 52.204-21 (Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems) compliance, and much more. The winds of change are blowing at federal agencies concerning cybersecurity – and especially at the DoD – so talk to the experts today about becoming compliant with DFARS.

From readiness assessments to policy and procedures writing, along with performing third-party assessments, we provide a full lifecycle of services and solutions relating to DFARS 225.204-7012 compliance, FAR 52.204-21 (Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems), FISMA compliance, and more.

From I.T.consultants to seasoned regulatory compliance auditors, our firm's wide expertise is diverse, cross-functional, and highly experienced in all our service lines.

From I.T.consultants to seasoned regulatory compliance auditors, our firm's wide expertise is diverse, cross-functional, and highly experienced in all our service lines.