The Department of Defense’s new rules surrounding who can enter into contracts will go into effect sometime next year. If a company’s cybersecurity hygiene is not up to snuff for the Department, it could have massive ramifications. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, says that building out this system is going to be a major undertaking.
“I think DoD is wise to build something from scratch. It’s a matter of whether they are going to do it quickly or a step by step process,” Crusius said. “Inevitably, if a contractor is not certified by whatever deadline DoD has though, they’re just going to be left out and not be able to bid on contracts, which is a big problem for those contractors.”