University researchers request exemption from new federal cybersecurity standards

EdScoop: Higher education research and information security leaders sent a joint letter to the Department of Defense asking they exclude fundamental research conducted at universities from its new information security requirements, Educause announced Thursday.

The security requirements, released in January, are part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, the DOD’s new set of cyber standards for all of its 300,000 contractors, from weapons manufacturers to universities doing basic research with defense-dollars.

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