Are you ready for the DFARS compliance deadline?

Everyone has their own way of dealing with deadlines. History isn’t kind to those who procrastinate.

To avoid missing a deadline, the great Victor Hugo would have his servant strip him naked in his study and not return with his clothes until an appointed hour.

We don’t want you to go there.

In another example of an extreme method of meeting a deadline, Herman Melville was struggling to finish Moby Dick. So he had his wife chain him to his desk until he finished it.

Don’t make us call your spouse, especially if your spouse has the chains.

We’re noting these instances of extreme procrastination resolution because a deadline looms on Dec. 31, 2017 — less than 18 months away. That’s when contractors who do business with the Department of Defense (DoD) have to comply with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Clause 252.204-7012 to safeguard covered defense information and report cyber incidents.

That’s right around the corner, especially when you consider that DFARS compliance is a process that takes six to 12 months.

History is replete with those who have ignored the advice of Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

One of those examples occurred on a frigid Christmas night in 1776, as George Washington’s troops rowed him across the Delaware River toward British-held Trenton, N.J.

Washington’s foe, Hessian mercenary commander Col. Johann Rall, was playing cards. A note was handed to Rall warning him of Washington’s advance, but he returned to his card game and didn’t read the note.

He should have read the note.

The next morning Rall was struck by an American soldier’s musket ball and died hours later, after Washington had captured Trenton. The unread note was found in the deceased Rall’s pocket.

Here’s our note to you: Call us for your DFARS compliance solutions.

And take it from Rall. It pays to read stuff.

Before you have to call in your servant. Or we have to call your spouse.