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NISP eMASS DCSA | The Importance of STIGs for Cleared Industry

Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) are configuration standards developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). They are designed to make device hardware and software as secure as possible, safeguarding the Department of Defense (DoD) IT network and systems.

Compliance with STIGs is a requirement for DoD agencies, or any organization that is a part of the DoD information networks (DoDIN). This includes defense contractors that connect to the DoD network or system.

There are hundreds of STIGs designed for specific software, routers, operating systems and devices. DoD agencies may use off-the-shelf IT products within their network and infrastructure and STIGs ensure these products are as secure as possible, in contrast to the default vendor configurations that may favor usability over security.

Hardening the configuration of IT solutions helps to mitigate vulnerabilities and lower the risk of cybersecurity incidents. The creation of a STIG will also be key to gaining approval for a product to be used within the network. This guide explores DISA STIGs, what they consist of, and an overview of solutions that can help your organization achieve compliance.

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