NextGov: If all goes according to plan, by the end of next week there will be 73 individuals ready to conduct initial assessments of Defense Department contractors for the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.
The Defense Department currently takes contractors at their word on whether appropriate measures are in place to safeguard information in their possession that isn’t at the classified level, but is nonetheless sensitive and valuable. The CMMC aims to address what officials describe as an epidemic of intellectual property theft from within the defense industrial base by requiring that all contractors have their cybersecurity practices certified by a third party. A rule to implement the CMMC is expected in the fall.
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