Five lessons learned as you prepare for CMMC

Cybersecurity expert Derek Kernus explains what was learned when a small-business client went through a voluntary DOD assessment of how it protects controlled, unclassified information, meeting many of the CMMC requirements. With CMMC requirements on the near horizon, those in defense contracting are asking important questions about the timing, process, and preparation for their assessments. […]

How This Professional Services Firm Is Paving The Path To Achieve Compliance With Scalable Cybersecurity Solutions

DTS is a professional services firm providing cybersecurity, management, and consulting services. Based in Arlington, Virginia, DTS employs talented individuals with a passion for excellence and surrounds them with the resources they need to excel. For over a decade, the company helped public sector and commercial clients respond to changing environments and daunting challenges by […]

Why you should go beyond the cyber requirements for OASIS+

Just don’t check the boxes for your OASIS+ proposals because your approach to cybersecurity might be the key differentiator for winning task orders, especially for small businesses. After months of work, checking a few boxes on the OASIS+ Pre-Award Questionnaire was no big deal. But now that the dust has settled, you might wonder what […]

Lessons learned from a joint surveillance audit for CMMC

Microsoft recently had an opportunity to sit down with Derek Kernus, Director of Cybersecurity Operation at DTS, to discuss their experience with the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment (JSVA).  The Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment (JSVA) program is a transitional certification to CMMC, a new cybersecurity framework for Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors. The Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment […]

Blip Or Flip: The Pandemic’s Impact On Career Development

Disruption from the pandemic continues to influence the nature of work three years later. That’s not surprising; Covid-19 impacted every aspect of our lives. What is surprising is how significantly the pandemic experience impacted career development. As a business owner, understanding your employees’ pandemic experiences can help you provide prescriptive training and development support for near-term gains—and […]

What does it cost small businesses to get advanced cybersecurity?

In this Expert Insight, Derek Kernus, the Director of Cybersecurity Operations at DTS talks about the challenges facing small businesses that are under pressure to adopt cybersecurity best practices without breaking their budget. Derek offers suggestions for prioritizing cybersecurity investments – and things to watch out for as you build out an advanced cybersecurity program. […]

Hiring IT Help: Do you need an MSP or MSSP, or both?

Outsourcing can help your company grow, handling specialized tasks, often for less than the cost of a single annual salary. IT and cybersecurity are two areas where niche knowledge is essential, so it’s no surprise that 81% of companies use third-party vendors to handle part or all of their cybersecurity needs. As technical needs have evolved, two […]

Last Year’s Strategic Plans Likely Won’t Work In 2024

As the last quarter of the fiscal year draws near, you’ll be in the unique position to look back at the current year’s goals and plans and look forward to next year. Traditionally, companies have fun as they hustle to wrap up spending, reward top performers and create strategic plans and a budget. However, this […]

Instead Of Canceling Remote Work, Evolve How You Manage Your Workforce

You might have read that remote work is dead. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a major drop in the number of companies allowing employees to telework. However, observational data suggests that remote work is alive and well, but it is being challenged by leaders whose on-the-job experience is based on […]

Security For The Small Business: Cybersecurity Training Best Practices

People are a problem in cybersecurity and amplified in small businesses. Fixing that problem is more of an art than a science, as different techniques work for different companies. How do you prepare your employees to be the first line of defense against cybersecurity attacks? Using best practices from across public and private sector organizations. The […]