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NISP eMASS DAAPM DCSA | Tips and Advice on the Assessment & Authorization (A&A) Process

Here are some helpful tips and advice when it comes to the Assessment & Authorization (A&A) Process within eMASS for cleared contractors.

  • When inputting information for your System Security Plan (SSP), along with entering data into the lengthy MS Excel “Export” spreadsheets, pay close attention to the details and do not make errors.
  • Understand the difference between Not Applicable (NA) and Non-Compliant (NC). Not Applicable controls are out of scope, do not require testing, and do not require ConMon measures. Non-Compliant require Plan-of-Action and Milestones (POAM) entries.
  • On the subject of ConMon, per DCSA, “Continuous Monitoring (ConMon) is an important aspect of the overall security because it communicates to DCSA how controls are going to be assessed for continued effectiveness over time.”
  • Remember that Test Results are not Implementation Narrative details or ConMon activities. Per DCSA, Test Results are “...a summary of the actions that have already taken place to validate that controls have been effectively implemented.”

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