DoD DFARS Clauses Explained Video

DFARS 7012, 7020, 7021 Differences Explained

This 1m video features Kyle Lai explaining the differences between these DFARS clauses for DoD Prime and Subcontractors

DFARS Clauses applicable to DoD Defense Industrial Base Companies

U.S. DoD cybersecurity expert Kyle Lai presents this DoD DFARS Clauses Explained video.

Some people are confused about the requirements of DFARS 252.204-7012, 7020, and 7021.  Or cybersecurity maturity model certification or CMMC and how do they relate to each other. 

DFARS 252.204-7012

DFARS 7012 specifies the requirements for protecting CUI or controlled unclassified information that is received from the DoD, or covered defense information or CDI, as mentioned in the DFARS 7012.  This clause is in most if not all of the DoD contracts today.  The requirements are based on NIST 800-171 and additional cyber security incident response planning and reporting.  DFARS 7012 is a different form of assessment of the NIST 800-171 requirements

DFARS 252.204-7020

And DFARS 7020 is a different form of assessment of the NIST 800-171 requirements that is based on the DoD assessment methodology, which leads to the submission of the score in the DoD SPRS system.  

DFARS 252.204-7021

DFARS  7021 or CMMC requires an assessment or certification of your implementation of NIST 800-171 requirements. 

Thank you for watching!

This is Kyle Lai, President, and Chief Information Security Officer at KLC Consulting.  If you have any additional questions, please contact us at  Thank you.

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