It may cost your organization some cash upfront to make sure you are in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), but it is well worth it. Just ask Melbourne, Florida-based L3Harris Technologies, and the company will give you about 13 million reasons why you should comply. ITAR a US regulatory regime to restrict and control the export of defense and military related technologies to safeguard U.S. national security and further U.S. foreign policy objective and affects manufacturers every day.

Earlier this year, Harris, before its merger, violated the Arms Export Control Act and ITAR. The company’s violations were “in connection with unauthorized exports of defense articles” and violations of agreements and licenses. The State Department said the company racked up 131 violations. L3Harris has been fined $13 million for the violations.

Among the violations are the unauthorized exports of technical data in the form of software, unauthorized exports of tactical radios and unauthorized exports of military electronics to Canada. In another example, the State Department also says that in January 2019, Harris temporarily exported without authorization the T7 Remote Control Vehicle to Thailand, Singapore and Germany.

Regulatory-compliant software that keeps your operations on friendly terms with ITAR and other mandates can be a key differentiation when bidding for aerospace and defense manufacturing contracts.

Enterprise software for organizations pursuing this type of work should be designed from the ground up with security in mind, and address risks and threats throughout all phases of the software development life-cycle. Many cloud infrastructure platforms already have produced workarounds for the cloud security challenge, especially the Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud, which is ISO compliant.

To get started on your journey with ITAR compliance, give 2W Tech a call today and let us help assist you with our Cybersecurity Compliance Program. We’re also a Microsoft Gold partner, so we can help you get into the Microsoft Azure cloud, as well.

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