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Defense contractors possessing controlled data are subject to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). This requires building a cybersecurity program to implement the DFARS requirements, as well as the NIST Special Publication 800-171 requirements.
Moving forward in late 2020 and into 2021, the Department of Defense is augmenting the DFARS with a more robust certification-driven program called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). In this new program, contractors will be required to achieve a certification of cybersecurity maturity at specific levels. These certifications introduce a new third-party certification structure, that will put defense contractors in front of third-party assessors, who will verify the required maturity levels have been reached. As of December 2020, the CMMC program is piloting a rollout to select contracts.
Contractors with the current DFARS clause in contracts should continue focusing on implementing NIST SP 800-171 and the other DFARS requirements, while building a plan for eventual CMMC certification. It’s important to note that the requirements of DFARS, including NIST 800-171 and CMMC, take significant time (up to 12 months) and investment to fully implement.
Sentinel Blue is a trusted partner that helps defense organizations build the cybersecurity maturity required to meet the rigorous standards. Our team have been involved in the DFARS effort since the original push of NIST SP 800-171, and maintain a daily awareness of the CMMC. Sentinel Blue is a Registered Provider Organization with the CMMC Accreditation Body.
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