Pentagon’s proposal: Contractors get cyber secure with new standards!

December 23, 2023
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The Pentagon has released its proposed rule on cybersecurity standards for contractors. The rule is part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, which requires contractors working with the Department of Defense (DOD) to be certified, or risk losing their business. The program is based on a tiered cybersecurity framework that grades companies on a scale of one to five based on the level of classification and security necessary for their work. The proposed rule is open for public comment for 60 days and aims to simplify the program by implementing cybersecurity standards based on the sensitivity of the information, verifying implementation through assessments, and implementing standards through contracts. The CMMC program is aimed at protecting contractor information from being exploited by adversaries and is a response to $600 billion in annual losses attributed to cyber thefts. Despite controversy surrounding the program, the DOD has moved forward with the rule-making process and plans to release the final rule in the near future.

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