Universities conducting federally granted research play an important role in our global technology leadership.   Federally granted research led to the development of the MRI, modern communication devices, and the internet.  Unfortunately, this also makes universities targets of relentless cyberattacks, including highly coordinated and sophisticated attacks by military organizations from nations hostile to the United States.  Recently, universities were warned of attacks to steal COVID-19 research.

In response to threats, the US Government introduced DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 for ensuring university research and our national security are protected.  DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 stipulates all university resources directed at research must meet NIST SP 800-171 security standards and have processes and teams in place to tackle cyberattacks.  But many universities do not have the staff or expertise to address these requirements.  One of the top 10 legal concerns for university leadership is cybersecurity and protecting data and IP.

With a spike in cyberattacks stemming from COVID-19, it is imperative universities review their cybersecurity architecture and prepare—or risk losing their USG research grants.

With 20 years of serving the Defense Industrial Base, SPYRUS can help your university review the DFARS requirements and understand what steps need to be taken. SPYRUS brings military grade cryptographic and endpoint management solutions to the private sector with a proven track record of providing research universities with DFARS compliant solutions. Offering an easy-to-use and scalable solution at a cost-effective price point, SPYRUS can ensure your university is prepared to protect your intellectual property (IP).

We have a team of cybersecurity experts who have helped universities comply with this mandate, and we’re happy to share that expertise.

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