ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) is a very strict US government export regulation that when in violation, comes with very hefty civil and criminal penalties. The law covers the manufacture, sales, and distribution of defense and space-related articles and services on the US Munitions List (USML). Administered by the U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the legislation is designed to control access to specific types of technology and associated data. ITAR Compliance is a collection of critical compliance requirements that help to ensure defense technology and related technical information does not fall into the hands of anyone who is not expressly intended to have it.
The law primarily applies to defense contractors that manufacture and/or export products on the USML, but all companies in the supply chain for such products must register to obtain the appropriate import or export license and meet the ITAR compliance. To meet these compliance requirements, any organization that falls under the jurisdiction of ITAR should design and implement a dedicated security policy. This policy needs to be fluid and continually updated to reflect the latest ITAR developments and compliance needs. Every single day, new regulations get passed in the US and many current regulations receive revision. This policy should include provisions for both physical and network security, addressing how your data is stored and accessed. Your security policy must also include an Incident Response Plan that outlines the necessary steps everyone must take in the event of a security breach.
There is no room for noncompliance when it comes to meeting ITAR requirements, as the penalties are something most organizations cannot bounce back from. It is difficult for many businesses to even understand what their role in the supply chain process is and whether that means they are responsible for abiding by ITAR Compliance regulations. If you can’t even determine this on your own, how are you going to navigate the waters of achieving compliance? The simple answer: 2W Tech. 2W Tech has a Security Compliance Consulting Program that is designed to support our Client’s compliance obligations. Most organizations must abide by and maintain a standard for controls that safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of information stored and processed. We work hand in hand with you to learn more about your required compliances, help obtain proper agreements, and access relevant system architecture information. Give us a call today to get started on your journey to achieving compliance.
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