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DoD Evaluating Use of Guard, Reserve for Cyberattack Response

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission proposed to increase the role of the National Guard and National Reserve in responding to a catastrophic cyberattack, by creating a special cyber reserve force and better utilizing the cyber expertise of guard members. The NDAA now requires the Defense Department to evaluate the cyber reserve idea, and to clarify how […]
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DoD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program Connects DIB to Researchers

The Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center (DC3) the systems of defense contractors. According to a center spokesperson, the program received numerous applicants but launched the pilot with a few dozen companies. During the pilot, DC3 will serve as informational conduit between researchers and defense firms. DC3 will validate and prioritize vulnerability reports from more […]
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DoD Conducting Internal Review of CMMC

The Defense Department is conducting an internal assessment of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, which a DoD spokesperson says is routine in the early stages of a high-impact program. Although there is broad support for a supply chain security program of some kind, industry has expressed concern about the costs of the CMMC, the […]
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DoD’s Own CMMC Compliance Review Delayed

The Defense Department has asked for more time to deliver an assessment to Congress about whether its own components comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. The 2021 NDAA requires the CIO and the commander of the Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network to review each DOD component for cyber hygiene and assess […]
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Steps for Achieving CMMC Certification

Noting the daunting challenge that achieving CMMC certification can present to an organization, Rick Hill of HumanTouch LLC recommends five steps to “help launch a team’s momentum in a strategic direction”: Gather your internal team. This may include people with varied areas of expertise within the organization. Learn and keep learning. Be prepared for an […]
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First CMMC Certification Organizations Identified, But Not Yet Certified

The CMMC Accreditation Body has begun selecting the first organizations that will be charged with assessing defense contractors’ cyber readiness, but these CMMC Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) must first achieve CMMC Level 3 certification themselves, and be recognized by the CMMC-AB and DoD. Some C3PAOs have started their own assessment process through the Defense […]
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Congress, Security Agencies Discuss Domestic Authorities

Following the SolarWinds and MS Exchange hacks, several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have voiced support for expanding the authority of the NSA and Cyber Command to conduct more intelligence gathering domestically, an option the Biden administration is already exploring. General Paul Nakasone says that laws preventing his agencies from adequately observing adversaries operating […]
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Navigating the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

Centre Law & Consulting is now a Registered Practitioner Organization as recognized by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Board, one of the first law firms to obtain this designation. RPOs – and the Registered Practitioners who work for them – provide “advice, consulting, and recommendations” to organizations seeking a CMMC maturity level. In other […]
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Advice on Preparing for a CMMC Assessment

In a commentary for National Defense, Neal Beggan, a principal in the risk and accounting advisory services practice of Cherry Bekaert LLP, offers advice for preparing for a first assessment under the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. “Preparation is the key to success,” Beggan writes. “The sooner a company begins preparing for a […]
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Army Combines Cyber Exercises

For the first time, Army leaders combined two exercises to test emerging cyber technology needs in a more real-world tactical environment. Cyber Quest – an annual demonstration of emerging technology needs – was conducted in concert with the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment, which is designed to test new concepts and technologies for multidomain battle focused […]
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