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DOD Cybersecurity Compliance - A Competitive Advantage


General Tool Company (GTC) is an award-winning, privately-held organization that supplies mission critical hardware and systems to the world’s leading aerospace, defense, and commercial manufacturers. The Kramer Family founded the company in 1947. GTC's 275 craftsmen, who have an average tenure of over 10 years, perform work to complete “First Articles” or they develop complete turnkey systems.  They are especially proficient in fabrication and friction stir welding; precision machining; and integration, testing, and assembly.

The Challenge

General Tool Company, due to their work on Department of Defense (DOD) contracts, was required to comply with NIST SP 800-171 and DFARS requirements in addition to further cybersecurity compliance as required through their OEMs. GTC engaged with an IT contractor to become 800-171 compliant; however this contractor merely administered the CSET® (Cyber Security Evaluation Tool) and they were unable to assist General Tool in remediation because they were only familiar with ISO standards. General Tool asked TechSolve for assistance because TechSolve has a cybersecurity expert on staff that was able to help them with their remediation and completion of their compliance journey. 
Rather than being a burden, cybersecurity compliance became a marketing advantage on procurement of new business with DoD.  
— Greg Kramer, Chief Technology Officer

MEP's Role

TechSolve provided DFARS compliance support through coaching and working sessions in order to complete GTC's vulnerability testing, Plan of Action & Milestones (POAM), and Security Plan based on the NIST SP 800-171 controls.  By becoming compliant, GTC was able to retain significant defense contracts and obtain new ones such as the $40M contract with General Atomic Electromagnetic Systems. 
Created June 2, 2020, Updated July 12, 2021