Civilian vs. Government

Civilian vs. Government: Cybersecurity and Compliance

Civilian vs. Government: Cybersecurity and Compliance


How many people out there have seen a significant number of cybersecurity threats and issues, or outright loss of private organizational data in the last few years? These issues have affected all types and sizes of businesses, and there seems to be no end in sight! While the civilian sector and the government sector have different rules and regulations in place for organizations to meet in handling cyber threats, all those regulations are in fact trying to do the same thing: keep cyber threats as just that, a cyber threat, and keep those threats from becoming something more, like a loss of data or information that is supposed to remain private.

The civilian sector has separate regulatory bodies that continually compile and monitor specific regulations that are applicable to their specific industry. For example, we all know that HIPAA’s regulatory body is responsible for compiling and monitoring specific rules and regulations connected to the privacy of information anywhere in or around the health and well-being arena. There are also regulatory bodies that do the same, or a similar thing for educational privacy (FERPA), payment card privacy (PCI/DSS), and many other similar areas that require privacy policies to be in place. The big takeaway here is that every industry has its own regulatory body, and each regulatory body does its own thing, which means that most companies have multiple regulatory bodies governing specific rules and regulations that they must answer to remain in compliance with each of those bodies.

The U.S. government does things a little differently. During the first part of 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new framework of cybersecurity requirements that would need to be followed by the over 300,000 organizations that do business in some capacity with the U.S. government. This framework is referred to as the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program. In its initial stages, the program was deemed to be too confusing to everyone involved, as well as being too expensive to be a nonpartial way of doing business. Basically, to bring your organization into compliance you had to have deep pockets, but that unfairly priced smaller, mom and pop style businesses out of the government marketplace altogether. Since these regulations were confusing and unfair, the program itself was determined it needed a rewrite before it was even properly utilized in the government contracting realm. That rewrite is only partially done as of 2 December 2021, and the parts that have been through the rewrite differ substantially from the version that initially hit the marketplace.

What major understanding can we take away from the way both the civilian and government sectors handle cybersecurity and compliance? The civilian sector has a different regulatory body for each industry, which is confusing, and the government sector’s own individual rules and regulations in these areas are just as confusing. We need a way to do away with some of this confusion, and we need it quickly so that data loss and data breaches can become a thing of the past. Cybersecurity and compliance are currently costing companies millions, tens of millions, and sometimes even hundreds of millions of dollars. Larger corporations may be able to brush those amounts off to the side as a non-issue, but often, those types of fines and financial losses would be more than enough to put most companies out of business for good.

What we need is a single product with the ability to bring those separate compliance bodies under one compliance audit blanket on the civilian side. On the government side, we need a way to make compliance regulations easier to understand and issues easier to correct.

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Acronyms and abbreviations that were used:

  • DoD – Department of Defense
  • CMMC – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
  • HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • NACHA – National Automated Clearinghouse Association
  • FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • FISMA – Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014
  • PCI/DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  • NSA (ULTRA) – National Security Agency