Military Capabilities

Pentagon to roll out new cyber-security certifications for industry next month

12 December 2019

A slew of new cyber-security standards and protocols, being drafted by the Pentagon for the defence industry, is on track for release next month, with industry compliance to those standards becoming mandatory for all future US armed forces contracts beginning in the spring of 2020, the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) top acquisition official said.

Pentagon officials are working through the final stages of the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which “establishes cybersecurity as the foundation of the acquisition and combines the various cyber-security standards into one unified standard to secure the DoD supply chain”, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord told reporters during a 10 December briefing.

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