FCW: Who’s going to volunteer for the new CMMC?

“Contractors are being asked to keep working on improving their cybersecurity posture as the Defense Department wades through the rulemaking process to make CMMC a contract requirement and finalize those details — a process that could take up to 24 months. However, in the meantime, the department wants some volunteers to test out the changes.

Buddy Dees, the director of the CMMC program management office, said during this transitional phase the department wants some organizations to volunteer to be assessed at CMMC Level 2…”

“Dees stressed that any CMMC assessments done before the completion of the final rule would be voluntary.

‘All the assessments that will be done by the [CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organizations] will be on a strictly voluntary basis by the [defense industry base] company. They will have to request that the level two assessments be performed and to make that contact with the C3PAOs.’…”

“’During this period, again, the 110 requirements that are now associated with level two are the same 110 requirements that have been on the books for years now, under the DFARS 7012 clause. So now is a good time to take this opportunity to start working down on those 110 requirements so that when we do get the final rule in effect, you will be set for success,’ Dees said…” Read the full article here.

Source: Who’s going to volunteer for the new CMMC? – By Lauren C. Williams, November 10, 2021. FCW.

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