NIST 800-171 Compliance Webinar: Post-Event Recap & Next Steps

Are you navigating the intricate maze of NIST 800-171 compliance? You've come to the right place. Our webinar, "NIST 800-171 Compliance - Maintain Your Competitive Advantage," with Brian Downey, Chief Information Officer at Technical Support International, discussed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS) compliance for businesses within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). This webinar aimed to illuminate the path to NIST 800-171 compliance, a prerequisite for maintaining and securing contracts within the Department of Defense supply chain.

The webinar focused on DFARS, including the critical clauses from 7012 to 7024 and the requirements for safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Understanding and adhering to these regulations is essential for retaining existing contracts and winning new ones in the DIB. Key takeaways include:

  • The current state of DFARS regulations
  • The necessary steps to comply with those regulations
  • Lessons learned from others in your industry to get compliant

How Exostar Can Guide Your Path to DFARS Compliance

Exostar serves as a trusted partner in your journey to achieving DFARS compliance. With our comprehensive suite of tools, we simplify the process and ensure you meet the stringent standards of the DoD. Our offerings include:

  • Exostar's Managed Microsoft 365: We've enhanced Microsoft 365 with the necessary cybersecurity features to meet DoD requirements, implementing 85 of the 110 controls outlined in NIST SP 800-171 right out of the box.
  • Certification Assistant: Conduct self-assessments against NIST SP 800-171 controls, calculate your SPRS (Supplier Performance Risk System) score as required by DFARS 7019, and generate your SSP (System Security Plan) and POA&Ms (Plan of Actions and Milestones) all in one secure place.
  • Exostar PolicyPro: Create and maintain the required NIST SP 800-171 policies using PolicyPro Builder. Choose from our template library or enhance your existing policies using our AI engine.
  • Basic Assessment Service for NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC 2.0: Receive a third-party assessment and gap analysis and walk away with a submission-ready NIST SP 800-171 Basic Assessment, including your SSP, POA&Ms, and SPRS score.

Why Choose Exostar for DFARS Compliance?

Exostar provides robust security, streamlined compliance, and cost-effective solutions for DFARS compliance. We're dedicated to guiding you through this complex landscape, ensuring your business meets existing requirements and is prepared for future changes, including the proposed DFARS 7021 clause.

Protect your position in the DIB and safeguard your business by ensuring DFARS compliance with Exostar's solution suite.

Let's Continue the Conversation

If you have further questions about DFARS compliance, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts is ready to help you navigate these regulations and stay competitive in the DIB.

Our Speakers

Brian Downey

Brian Downey is responsible for the management, strategic planning and technical vision of TSI’s internal and client-facing Technical Services Departments. Leading a dedicated team of IT professionals, Brian keeps TSI and TSI’s clients on the cutting edge of technology while maintaining stability and security. Brian is also responsible for the research, development and deployment of new products and services that align with the company’s goal of being one of the highest rated Managed Service Providers in the nation.

Brian has 14 years of IT experience and nearly 10 years of IT management experience in the SMB market. He holds several technical certifications including an MCSE in server infrastructure. Prior to joining TSI, Brian served as IT Director for Horseshoe Bay Resort and Marriott Hotel in Texas.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys traveling, training his young kids to be Jedi Knights and Ninja Warriors, and enriching the lives of his family through home automation. A Texas native, he is a proud Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys the friendly competition with New Englanders who often seem to think there can be more than one “America’s Team.”



Kevin Hancock

Kevin Hancock has over 20 years experience in secure collaboration with distributed teams and partners in highly regulated markets. He has led Sales Engineering, Customer Success, and Professional Services Teams across a broad technology spectrum including Agile Development and DevOps tools and practices; Zero Trust Networking; and Identity and Access Management just to name a few. Focusing on driving adoption, managing change, and helping customers learn, Kevin joined Exostar in May 2021 as Director, Sales Engineering.