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NIST Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) | NIST 800-161 Consultants

Arlington offers comprehensive cybersecurity supply chain risk management advisory services for DoD contractors seeking to gain a stronger awareness, understanding and overall risk reduction to their entire supply chain.

The Importance of Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management for DoD Contractors

Per NIST, “The NIST Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) program helps organizations to manage the increasing risk of supply chain compromise related to cybersecurity, whether intentional or unintentional. The factors that allow for low-cost, interoperability, rapid innovation, a variety of product features, and other benefits also increase the risk of a compromise to the supply chain, which may result in risks to the end user.”

Therefore, managing cybersecurity risks in supply chains for DoD contractors requires ensuring the integrity, security, quality and resilience of the supply chain and its products and services. The supply chain risks for DoD contractors are plentiful indeed - counterfeits, unauthorized production, tampering, theft, insertion of malicious software and hardware - and so much more.

Proven C-SCRM Methodology for DoD Contractors

Arlingtons’ industry leading cybersecurity supply chain risk management projects for DoD contractors focus on the following:

Benefits of C-SCRM for DoD

  • Enable organizations to understand which critical assets are most susceptible to supply chain weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

  • Reduces the likelihood of supply chain compromise by a cybersecurity threat by enhancing an enterprise’s ability to effectively detect, respond, and recover from events.

  • Clear structure, purpose, and alignment of capabilities and the prioritization, consolidation, and streamlining of existing processes.

  • An overall greater assurance that acquired products are of high quality, authentic, reliable, resilient, maintainable, secure, and safe.

  • An overall greater assurance that suppliers, service providers, and the technology products and services that they provide are trustworthy and can be relied upon to meet performance requirements.

Why Arlington for Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management?

  • Trusted and well-known all throughout the DoD industry.

  • Years of experience helping DoD contractors reduce their supply chain risks.

  • Proven and efficient methodologies, all at fixed-fee pricing.

Why Arlington?

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Foundational Practices

C-SCRM lies at the intersection of information security and supply chain risk management. Therefore, existing supply chain and cybersecurity practices provide a foundation for building an effective risk management program for organizations.

Enterprise-wide Practices

Effective C-SCRM is an enterprise-wide activity that involves each tier (Organization, Mission and Business Processes, and Information Systems) and is implemented throughout the system development life cycle.

Risk Management Processes

C-SCRM should be implemented as part of overall risk management activities, and as such, activities should involve identifying and assessing applicable risks, determining appropriate responses, developing a C-SCRM Strategy and implementation plan to document selected responses, and monitoring performance against that plan.


Cyber supply chain risk is associated with a lack of visibility into, understanding of, and control over processes and decisions involved in developing and delivering cyber products and services acquired by organizations.

Threats and Vulnerabilities

Effectively managing cyber supply chain risk requires a comprehensive view of threats and vulnerabilities. Threats can be either adversarial (e.g., tampering, counterfeits) or non-adversarial (e.g., poor quality, natural disasters). Vulnerabilities may be internal (e.g., organizational procedures) or external (e.g., part of an organization’s supply chain). A comprehensive supply chain management program also begins with having well-written NIST 800-53 policies, procedures, programs, and plan documents in place for federal compliance mandates.