July 13, 2023 2 min read

tNISP Tips on eMASS DCSA “ControlInfoExport” Spreadsheet Information

One of the larger hurdles when it comes to eMASS for cleared contractors as completing the exportable spreadsheets is not only extremely time-consuming, but also requires providing sufficient detail in a manner that’s acceptable to DCSA personnel.

For the “ControlInfoExport” spreadsheet, DCSA now requires a comprehensive answer for the “Implementation Narrative” field.  Please note that a 2021 update to NISP eMASS replaced the “Comments” field with the “Implementation Narrative” field.

For example, for AC-2, Account Management, cleared industry must describe how the control is actually implemented. A great example for an answer would be the following:

Control implemented by establishing defined user groups within Group Policy, which includes account creation for System Administrators, Data Transfer Agents, and General User Accounts. Furthermore, system event log monitoring has been established for automated alerting, and the Weekly Security Event Log Analysis report is reviewed each week to determine if any access rights discrepancies have been found. Additionally, an Account Request Form is used for provisioning new users.

Another example for the “implementation narrative” field would be the following, for IR-3, Incident Response Testing.

Control implemented by performing regularly scheduled tabletop exercises (TTE) to determine the DoD Incident Response Plan's effectiveness and the organization's readiness to execute the plan. Results of the TTE are provided to all relevant stakeholders. The TTE exercises are to be reviewed annually to determine if desired results are satisfactory and if any needed changes/corrective actions are required.

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