Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC

Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC
Lauren Knausenberger CIO U.S. Air Force

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said she has concerns about the potential impact of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program on small businesses seeking to work with DOD, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Although Knausenberger thinks the Pentagon’s information technology supply chain should be supported with better cyber standards, she said she has “mixed feelings” about CMMC.

“I have mixed feelings on it personally,” she said of CMMC during an America’s Future Series webinar. “I think if we lock it down so that we are not going to do business with certain people because they don’t meet [CMMC], I think that limits our options.”

Under the CMMC framework, vendors will be required to tap an accredited third-party assessor to verify if they meet the security requirements of a CMMC level stipulated in a contract.

The CMMC Accreditation Body on Tuesday launched an industry advisory council composed of executives from companies, such as Accenture, Amazon Web Services and BAE Systems.

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