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Undetected Devices May Pose CMMC Issues

Undetected hardware and software on company networks may pose challenges to contractors hoping to pass a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification review, according to Katherine Gronberg of security firm Forescout Technologies. “On average we can go into a company in any sector and find about 30 to 40 percent more devices than they knew about,” Gronberg […]
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GAO Chides DoD For Absence Of Cybersecurity Requirements

The GAO reports that, five years after the Pentagon said that every weapon system it buys must be able to fight through the cyber attacks it expects on future battlefields, the department still “does not often include cybersecurity” in key performance parameters for major programs. At the end of 2019, 25 of the 42 major […]
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DOD Officials, Cybersecurity Accreditation Partners Struggle with the China Question

The Defense Department and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body aren’t clear on a plan to deal with contractors that base a significant...

Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Update: New Contract Requirements Coming for the...

As DoD moves forward with implementing the CMMC, it is important that current and prospective defense contractors expeditiously implement CMMC standards to ensure that they are well-positioned to compete for future defense contracts. Non-COTS item companies that fail to do so will find themselves ineligible to compete for DoD contracts. Read the full post at […]
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Major Cyber Command Program Will Cost More than First Thought

The GAO warns that the Unified Platform – one of Cyber Command’s major programs – is expected to cost five times more than military officials originally estimated. Furthermore, few details have been available regarding the program’s history, scope, contracting strategy, and progress. Unified Platform is intended to consolidate and standardize the variety of big data […]
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GAO: Cyber Command is Overspending on Data Tools

GAO projects that Unified Platform, a major initiative of U.S. Cyber Command for the past two years, is going to cost five times more than military officials originally estimated. Unified Platform is meant to be a consistent, shared system to help those working with Cyber Command to reduce the amount of data silos, and to […]
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CMMC and the Three “Cs”: Cost, Conflicts and Competition

In a new white paper, Akin Gump examines the background of the Department of Defense's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and looks ahead to the...

CMMC Accreditation Body Close to Releasing Assessor Training Requirements

A few weeks ago, details of the assessment and certification processes under DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program either leaked or were mistakenly made...

CMMC Looks to Clear up Questions About Cybersecurity Assessors

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification’s Accreditation Body has released new videos and requests for information that shed light on how assessors will be trained and credentialed. The panel acknowledges the process is very complicated and a massive undertaking, requiring tens of thousands of assessors to be certified in the next few years. Each individual will […]
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CISA Looks to Offer a New DNS Resolver to Civilian Agencies and Beyond

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency wants to limit ransomware, phishing, botnet and malware threats to civilian agencies by rolling out a new Domain Name System (DNS) resolver service, with a plan to eventually provide it governmentwide. More at FedScoop
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