Demand Grows for NIST Compliance Tools
Small Businesses Seek NIST Compliance to Protect Sensitive Information and Retain & Grow Their Defense Work
MIDDLETOWN, RI – AUGUST 9, 2018 – In under a year, NeQter Labs has worked with hundreds of companies across the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, fulfilling the companies’ NIST SP 800-171 compliance requirements and ensuring protection of their existing contracts – and giving them a competitive edge to win new DoD work.
The U.S. defense industry is supported by thousands of highly specialized subcontractors – small businesses with engineering expertise and volumes of highly sensitive documentation. These businesses are especially vulnerable to both insider threats like uninformed employees and foreign threat actors mounting thousands of malicious attacks per day.
Understanding this vulnerability, the DoD issued a requirement for any company in the defense ecosystem to be compliant with the NIST-SP 800-171 guidelines.
Yet most small business owners play many roles in their organizations; their IT resources are stretched thin with just keeping all systems running. It’s a major challenge to find the time or budget to interpret and implement the complicated requirements of NIST SP 800-171.
“By achieving compliance for McLaughlin Research, our former parent company, we realized we created a tool that would help our entire community,” said Christopher Michaud, founder and CTO of NeQter Labs. “Our product takes the cost and complexity out of compliance allowing even the smallest businesses to address the mandate without breaking the bank.”
An Integrated Cybersecurity Protection and Network Visibility Appliance
The NeQter Labs Compliance Engine is a single unified solution designed to address the 14 families of NIST compliance. Implemented in under an hour, it visualizes, summarizes, and interprets a company’s entire data trail in accordance with the NIST SP 800-171 standards and also detects and alerts on security events and vulnerabilities for an actionable risk mitigation process.
Impact on the company’s IT operations is minimal. NeQter’s plug-and-play ability works with a company’s existing infrastructure, systems and hardware – providing visibility and real-time vulnerability scanning of the network, along with all critical elements of network cybersecurity including planning, monitoring, management and audits, authentication and maintenance in accordance with DFARS 252.204-7008, DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171 requirements.
Small & Midsize Suppliers: Constant Unwitting Targets of Brute Force Hack Attempts
Many smaller DoD suppliers wrongly believe they already have adequate protection against potential breaches, or that they’re too small to be targeted. In fact, hackers around the globe regularly target thousands of small DoD suppliers with persistent – and usually undetected – network intrusion attempts. Some companies find that they’ve been exposed and breached for many months.
DoD subcontractors — often within minutes of implementing NeQter’s compliance engine — can identify and react to anomalies in real-time and gain access to actionable data about the nature of potential threats. With this depth of detail, companies can make informed decisions about how to better protect data, create new policies, train or manage staff, or shore up vulnerabilities.
Product Availability & Pricing
The NeQter Compliance Engine is available today directly through NeQter Labs or through qualified NeQter Labs partners for as little as $250 per month.
About NeQter Labs
NeQter Labs, the NIST SP 800-171 expert, was conceived when a mid-sized defense contractor in Rhode Island set out to become NIST compliant. Shocked by how complex, confusing, costly and fragmented the current cybersecurity compliance offerings were – and knowing that there must be hundreds of other DoD suppliers struggling with the same problem – the team decided to combine its engineering pros with cybersecurity experts and create what didn’t exist in the market at all: A best-in-class, comprehensive, simplified and inexpensive NIST compliance solution. NeQter Labs was born.
Developed, incubated, tested and proven in a true defense environment, and widely recognized as the only solution of its kind, the NeQter Labs Compliance Engine is now protecting companies across the DoD supply chain. Visit www.neqterlabs.com.
Megan Boyaval, Bowstring Group