Defence organisations face a myriad of complex data challenges with the highest priority being data security, as safeguarding sensitive and classified information from cyber threats and unauthorised access is paramount. The sheer volume of data generated, including surveillance, intelligence, and operational data, can be overwhelming. Data is often fragmented in silos across various departments and systems, hindering collaboration and efficient data sharing. Interoperability is crucial to ensure different defence systems can effectively communicate and share data. Maintaining data quality and accuracy is essential to avoid critical errors. Data integration from diverse sources, such as sensors and satellites, poses technical challenges. Compliance with data privacy regulations is a continuous concern, while making sense of the data and deriving actionable insights through analytics is an ongoing challenge. Access control, data retention, and the integration of emerging technologies also add to the complexity of managing defence data effectively. Geospatial and supply chain data are specific areas of focus in this context. Addressing these challenges is essential to enhance operational capabilities and ensure national security.
CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) compliance is essential for safeguarding sensitive data and national security, especially in defence and government sectors. ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) compliance is crucial for controlling the export of defence-related materials and technologies, preventing unauthorised access, and maintaining international trade relationships. Both are legally mandated and necessary for securing contracts, protecting intellectual property, and avoiding severe penalties. Compliance ensures business continuity, upholds national security, and opens doors to valuable opportunities in the defence and aerospace industries.
The CMMC consists of 5 levels, and contractors will need to be CMMC compliant to access DOD contracts. The NIST 800-171 already required cybersecurity for unclassified information. The protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) resident in non-federal systems and organisations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully conduct its essential missions and functions.
Contractors have 2 primary areas of focus for the CMMC, which protects two forms of sensitive data:
Every organisation will need to attain a minimum level of maturity measured by the CMMC in protecting this data.
Level 1 – Basic Cyber Hygiene: Basic processes are performed for basic safeguarding of federal contract information (FCI).
Level 2 – Intermediate Cyber Hygiene: This level is considered a transition step to protect CUI.
Level 3 – Good Cyber Hygiene: Processes are managed to protect CUI.
Level 4 – Proactive: Processes are reviewed.
Level 5 – Advanced/Progressive: Processes are optimised.
The CMMC framework also contains similar domains to the NIST 800-171 with a few additions:
The primary challenge lies in identifying, controlling, and managing this data effectively. Extending existing security measures to protect such data necessitates a comprehensive analysis of all systems handling it, as these documents and files can be diverse and numerous. The key is to accurately comprehend an organisation's data and maintain it with appropriate technology. External auditors assess an organisation's data management, adding external pressure. Understanding their criteria is crucial for successful evaluation. The evaluation is based on a graduated level system that assesses critical cyber defence practices and processes.
Contractors need a single unified view of their data. The Getvisibility platform provides a foundational capability for integrating siloed data sources and newly created data points into a single asset management/data inventory system. Getvisibility’s Data Guard solution provides organisations a single view into their enterprise data, where it is, what it is and how it is changing. This is possible through a customisable data reporting dashboard, data ownership, and alert systems.
The Getvisibility solution platform enables organisations to accurately and cost effectively find and manage their regulated data through the following features:
Getvisibility Data Guard
Defence organisations deploying the Getvisibility suite of data solutions will have the ability to:
Getvisibility is powered by advanced AI and supports on-prem and cloud-based
data The solution supports file shares, collaboration portals (such as SharePoint), cloud storage systems (such as G-Suite, Dropbox, AWS, OneDrive or Box), and all types of email.
The Getvisibility solution provides visibility to this unstructured data no matter where it resides and then helps enforce policies to better govern access to this content, and ensures it is available only to users that should have access to it. Getvisibility compliments a data loss prevention (DLP) program.