Defense Department Offers Rules on Cloud Computing, Electronic Parts

    December 2015

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has issued interim and proposed rules that will likely have an impact on all companies contracting with DoD.

    • The interim rule requires contractors to determine whether they or any subcontractors anticipate using cloud computing services and, if so, requires them to ensure the security and confidentiality of government information.
    • The proposed rule requires contractors to utilize “trusted suppliers” to obtain and use electronic parts or items that contain electronic parts. The objective of the rule is to protect DoD against risks arising out of the supply chain.

    These publications examine the rules and recommend actions contractors should take in order to comply.