DOD Adopts New Regulations for Safeguarding Unclassified Information
Spring 2014

The Department of Defense, after lengthy study, has issued new regulations aimed at protecting unclassified technical information in the possession of contractors from cyber thefts. Cyber espionage by foreign governments aimed at defense information found in contractor IT systems is an increasing threat. The vulnerabilities of contractor systems, which are presumably less secure than DOD computers, are a growing concern of the United States.

While DOD has long required security standards for classified information contained in contractor IT systems, unclassified but nevertheless sensitive information in contractor systems has mostly not been subject to regulation. This has now changed. On November 18, 2013, DOD issued a final rule amending the Defense of Federal Acquisition Supplement (DFARS). The final rule covers unclassified controlled technical information.

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