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Department of Defense Issues Class Deviation on Cybersecurity Standards for Covered Contractor Information Systems


Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Eisenhower
Published May 5, 2024

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, today issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) class deviation relating to the cybersecurity standards required for covered contractor information systems.

The intent of this class deviation is to provide industry time for a more deliberate transition upon the forthcoming release of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,” revision.  This class deviation will also afford the Department of Defense time to best align any of the necessary supporting mechanisms.

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