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Primes, Subs Won’t Face the Same CMMC Security Requirements on All Contracts

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification won’t require all subcontractors on a contract to meet the same level of requirements, depending on the type of...

DOD Networks, Under “Unprecedented” Strain, Are More Vulnerable to Attacks, Official Says

As more non-“mission-critical” civilian, military, and contractor employees login remotely to do their Department of Defense jobs, U.S. adversaries are ramping up attacks, according to Essye Miller, principal deputy to the department’s CIO. Much of that strain is coming from remote workers streaming music and videos, prompting the department to suspend access to YouTube and […]
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Critical Gaps Remain in Defense Department Weapons System Cybersecurity

U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission analyst Madison Creery warns about the U.S. military's struggle with the cybersecurity of its most advanced weapons systems, noting that...

The Army Roughs out its $1B Cyber Training Contract

The Army has released its draft proposal for a contract that could be worth as much as $1 billion, to provide cyber training for the Department of Defense. The Cyber Training, Readiness, Integration, Delivery and Enterprise Technology is a contract vehicle to offer a more streamlined approach for procuring the military’s cyber training capabilities. The […]
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Ensuring the Cybersecurity and Resilience of the Defense Industrial Base

In a recent commentary, Erica Borghard and Shawn Lonergan of the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission argue that cyber-enabled intellectual property theft from the Defense...

Cyber Command Doubled Its Contract Spending in The Past Year

U.S. Cyber Command nearly doubled the amount of money it issued in defense contracts between fiscal years 2018 and 2019, from 32 contracts valued at $43 million, to 81 contracting actions valued at $74.9 million. Congress gave it limited acquisition authority in 2016, capping acquisition funds at $75 million per year, with a clause that […]
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The Pentagon’s First Class of Cybersecurity Auditors Is Almost Here

The Pentagon hopes to have the first class of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification auditors – known as Certified Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAO) – ready...

Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine—the DOD Cybersecurity Decoder Pin for Federal Encryption Standards—The...

Whether a contractor falls under the auspices of Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.204-21, Defense FAR Supplement 252.204-7012, or the newly unveiled Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification...

CMMC Version 1.0: Enhancing DOD’s Supply Chain Cybersecurity

In a new blog post, Sheppard Mullin describes the certification process for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, the CMMC maturity levels, and the timeline for implementation of the new protocol. On January 30, the Department of Defense released CMMC v.1.0, which sets forth unified cybersecurity standards that defense contractors and suppliers must meet to participate […]
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Ethical Hackers Submitted More Bugs to The Pentagon than Ever Last Year

In 2019, outside security researchers alerted the Pentagon about more software vulnerabilities in its networks than ever before, according to statistics released by the Defense Department’s Cyber Crime Center about its Vulnerability Disclosure Program. In all, the VDP processed 4,013 vulnerability reports, 2,836 of which led to mitigation activities. Eight percent of the submitted reports […]
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