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Achieving DFARS/NIST Compliance

This CIFT success story was originally published by NIST.

Founded in Findlay, Ohio in 1979, MLS Systems is a manufacturer and systems integrator of custom designed and built equipment for medium to high volume production facilities. As a custom capital equipment supplier, the company provides single source responsibility for equipment ranging from small single station machines to multi-station production lines.

MLS Systems needed to expand their customer base to DOD suppliers to continue in the automotive arena. To accomplish this, MLS Systems needed an assessment and documentation steps necessary to implement NIST 800-171 in accordance with DFARS 252.204-7008. MLS Systems and CIFT, part of the Ohio MEP and the MEP National Network™, had an ongoing relationship, so MLS reached out to CIFT for assistance with this effort.

“The MEP program is a critical factor to the success of manufacturing in Ohio. The Northwest Ohio MEP has been very helpful to MLS, by working with us on a number of initiatives, including cyber security and lean manufacturing. It is a much needed resource that assists Northwest Ohio manufacturers with meeting the needs of our customers.” — Chad Bouillon, President

In executing this project, coordinated by CIFT Ohio MEP, MLS gained a significant advantage in its ability to prevent and react to internal and external security threats. The upgrading of essential outdated and unsupported equipment increased productivity and security when integrated with the various assets onsite. Any unnecessary holes and gaps within the physical network were eliminated to ensure the integrity and consistency of the network. The IT infrastructure was streamlined and simplified to create a more efficient data traffic flow, which helped to increase productivity throughout the facility.

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Cyber Security Compliance Saves Big

RTSS value created

Robotic Technical Support Services (RTSS) helps companies stay competitive by providing engineering, installing, servicing and upgrading of robotic and automated systems. They also provide supplemental contract services to companies in need of additional engineering or service technicians. To keep up with the ever-changing cyber security compliance requirements, RTSS needed an assessment of their current cyber security, along with implementation and documentation of any necessary changes. RTSS contacted CIFT for help.

CIFT first conducted an assessment that mapped out all national cyber security requirements. Then RTSS’s cyber security was analyzed to uncover how their system matched up to the national requirements. The assessment served as a focal point for all proof documentation, compensating controls, explanations of how applicable each requirement is to RTSS and informed recommendations for cyber security compliance planning. A gap analysis was also included in the assessment which allows RTSS to understand how compliant they are to the standard. Proper documentation and descriptions of the covered contractor information system operating environments were completed in order to meet NIST 800-171 and DFARS requirements.

This assessment and implementation saved RTSS over $9,500 in costs. They also saved over $10,000 on investment while increasing their investment over $22,000.