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Karlton Johnson: CMMC Accreditation Body’s Board Eyes Nonprofit Status, Grant Funding

Karlton Johnson

Karlton Johnson, chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body’s (CMMC-AB) board of directors, said the volunteer board is working to transition operations to paid staff as it awaits potential nonprofit status. “If in doubt, the government has oversight with us and so we’re working hand in hand with the government,” he noted.

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Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC

Lauren Knausenberger

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. Knausenberger thinks the Pentagon’s information technology supply chain should be supported with better cyber standards. 

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Karlton Johnson: CMMC Accreditation Board to Undergo Leadership-Focused Organizational Change

Karlton Johnson

Karlton Johnson, board chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), said he will focus on transforming his group from a director board into one more focused on organizational leadership. The board is working to help the government implement CMMC, through which the Department of Defense (DOD) would standardize the security controls of the defense industrial base.

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DOD Launches Review of CMMC Vetting Program; Robert Metzger Quoted

CMMC Vetting

Jessica Maxwell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense (DOD), said the Pentagon is assessing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to ensure that it is meeting goals without impeding industry participation. Maxwell told the publication in a statement that the DOD routinely executes assessments at the early stages of major programs.

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CohnReznick Earns CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization, Registered Provider Organization Certification; Bhavesh Vadhani Quoted


CohnReznick has become one of the first organizations to be recognized with a CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) and a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) accreditation body. “CohnReznick is excited to advance within the CMMC-AB ecosystem, enabling us to assist our clients in taking the next step toward CMMC compliance,” said Bhavesh Vadhani

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Report: Ben Tchoubineh, Nicole Dean Step Down as CMMC Board Members

CMMC Accreditation Body

Ben Tchoubineh, chair of the training committee within the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, and Nicole Dean, a CMMC board member, have stepped down from their posts. The CMMC-AB is advancing efforts to train enough assessors to perform in-person audits of defense companies’ readiness when it comes to cybersecurity. 

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GSA to Educate Contracting Officers on DOD’s New Cybersecurity Standards; Keith Nakasone Quoted

Keith Nakasone

The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun to develop training documents for contracting officers in line with the Department of Defense's (DOD) new cybersecurity standards. Keith Nakasone, deputy assistant commissioner for information technology acquisition at GSA, said contracting officers would use these documents as guides for DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards.

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GSA’s Katy Kale, Sonny Hashmi on Current Admin’s Priorities, FedRAMP, CMMC Programs

Katy Kale

Katy Kale, acting administrator of the General Services Administration and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, and Sonny Hashmi, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and fellow 2021 Wash100 Award winner, talked about the current administration’s four priorities and the future of ongoing programs. “And, as it turns out, FAS has an incredibly integral role to play in all four of them,” Hashmi said. 

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DOD Assessment Work on CMMC Reciprocity Continues; Stacy Bostjanick Quoted

IT Acquisition Management

The Department of Defense (DOD) is still assessing how to open up the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) initiative for reciprocity with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and other certification programs as part of a push to help contractors save money as they comply with the new cyber standard. 

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DOD Encourages Self Assessments in Preparation for CMMC Cybersecurity Program’s Further Implementation

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense advises companies to first assess themselves for compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements, as certified CMMC assessors are still not ready to audit for the program. Stacy Bostjanick, a DOD official working on CMMC, said companies looking to receive early CMMC approval may first test their own network security

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