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The Impact of the DoD’s New DFARS Interim Rule

On September 29, the Department of Defense (DoD) released an interim rule that amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The goal of the interim rule is to strengthen the cyber resiliency of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), which has been dealing with increasingly sophisticated cyber threats from both state and non-state actors.

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Common Compliance Issues for Remote Employees

When the news broke about the central government of China imposing a lockdown in Wuhan near the end of January 2020, most organizations had no idea that remote working would become the norm in a very near future. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised them in late February 2020 to transition to […]

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The Importance of IT Asset Management for Compliance

IT assets are the gears that keep modern organizations running. But as organizations grow and embrace all kinds of productivity-enhancing technologies, such as cloud and mobile computing, it becomes easy to lose track of them and, consequently, fail to comply with regulations and license agreements, which is where IT asset management comes in.

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The CMMC Accreditation Board (CMMC-AB) has approved Aligned Technology Solutions as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO)

Aligned Technology Solutions (ATS), a top ranked managed IT services provider headquartered in the Washington DC Region, is pleased to announce the CMMC-AB, has approved it as an RPO. This achievement officially marks the entry of ATS into the CMMC ecosystem and is part of the firm’s ongoing expansion of offerings to defense contractors and […]

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What Is a CMMC Audit and How to Prepare for It?

The Defense Supply Chain (DSC) is exposed to increasingly sophisticated cyber threats coming from nation-states and non-state actors alike. To better protect it, The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) developed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), unifying various cybersecurity practices into a single standard and creating a new […]

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9 Things You Can Do to Protect Employees Against Ransomware

Ransomware attacks have become a common cybersecurity threat organizations have to defend themselves against. Those who fail can lose access to critical data and be pressured into paying a ransom to regain access to it. That’s bad news for all organizations, but especially for SMBs with limited budgets, considering that the average ransomware payment rose 33 […]

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Are Cybersecurity Risk Assessments Worth the Money for SMBs?

Even today, it’s still possible to find small-business owners who believe that cybercriminals target only large enterprises with massive quantities of data on their servers and equally large piles of money in their bank accounts. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case for quite some time.

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The Impact of Shadow IT on Cybersecurity

Organizations of all sizes have been forced to make cybersecurity one of their top priorities because the alternative is a costly data breach. What the same organizations often don’t realize, however, is that one of the biggest threats is lurking in the shadows of their own networks, on workstations and personal devices of their employees.

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