April 01, 2024 2 min read


In the dynamic landscape of Defense Contracting, obtaining Authorization to Operate (ATO) within the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency's (DCSA) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) is a critical milestone. Arlington is a proven partner, specializing in guiding DoD cleared contractors through this complex process with a comprehensive suite of services. 

NIST 800-53 RMF Scoping & Gap Assessments

Arlington initiates the ATO journey by conducting thorough NIST 800-53 Risk Management Framework (RMF) scoping & gap assessments. This foundational step provides a clear understanding of an organization's current security posture, identifying areas that require attention to align with the stringent standards set by eMASS and DCSA.

NIST 800-53 Policy Creation

Crafting policies that adhere to NIST 800-53 standards is a hallmark of Arlington's expertise. Our team tailors policies to the unique needs of DoD cleared contractors, ensuring that every aspect of the organization's cybersecurity framework is covered comprehensively. These policies not only foster compliance but also serve as a robust foundation for secure operations.

Incident Response, Insider Threat, and Contingency Planning Program Creation

Arlington recognizes the significance of being prepared for unforeseen events. We assist DoD cleared contractors in developing resilient incident response, insider threat, and contingency planning programs. These programs are meticulously crafted to meet the specific challenges and requirements within the defense contracting space, ensuring a proactive and effective response to security incidents.

Continuous Monitoring Templates

Continuous monitoring is integral to maintaining a secure environment. Arlington implements advanced continuous monitoring templates aligned with eMASS and DCSA standards. This real-time monitoring provides organizations with actionable insights, enabling prompt detection and response to potential threats, a crucial aspect for maintaining the stringent security standards required by DCSA.

Developing Required Control Processes for DCSA DAAPM

Arlington goes beyond standard practices by developing required control processes specifically tailored for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM). This involves creating processes that align seamlessly with the unique requirements of DCSA, ensuring a thorough and compliant approach to ATO.

Arlington's expertise in guiding DoD cleared contractors through the ATO process within eMASS is a testament to our commitment to security excellence. From scoping assessments to policy creation, incident response, and continuous monitoring, we provide a comprehensive suite of services tailored to the specific needs of defense contractors. Secure your success with Arlington, where expertise meets precision for a resilient and compliant ATO process within the eMASS