GSA and NIST draft FAR rule on IT security

The General Services Administration is drafting a Federal Acquisition Regulation addition to integrate security into IT buys.

Joan Hash, director of security management assistance in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Division, made the announcement late last month during a discussion about government cybersecurity at the GovSec conference in Washington.

In addition, NIST is developing governmentwide categories for sensitive but unclassified information, plus a set of minimum-security requirements to protect each category.

Among other things, the new FAR rule would require contracting officers to work with agencies' CIOs to ensure that security requirements are built into purchases.

It will mandate compliance with federal encryption standards and also will require security plans from and security training for contractors. Contracts also would include a standard security clause and a privacy impact statement.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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