Three CMMC acquisition rules to become permanent

“Three Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplements (DFARS) related to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) are set to become permanent rules shortly, Katie Arrington, the Pentagon’s CISO for acquisition and sustainment, said April 15.

At Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) virtual Public Sector Summit, Arrington said DFARS Provision 252.204.7019, DFARS Clause 252.204.7020, and DFARS Clause 252.204.7021 will all become permanent shortly. The first two relate to DoD assessment requirements, while the latter is tied to CMMC requirements…”

“Arrington said these rules are all crucial to the ‘crawl, walk, run’ rollout DoD is shooting for with CMMC implementation.

‘The crawl, taking the self-assessments, and recording the walk, having the department come in and say, let’s look at what you’re doing and make sure you’re on the right path, which leads to the run, which is the deeper,’ Arrington said.

That ‘run’, as Arrington called it, is the DFARS Clause 7021, which is the actual implementation of the CMMC in DoD contracts. That final clause requires CMMC to be included in all contracts starting October 1, 2025.

‘So, think about that. 300,000 companies need to get CMMC certified in the next five years,’ Arrington said. ‘That’s a pretty heavy lift. When we started this program … we thought carefully about this, and making cybersecurity foundational to acquisition wasn’t something that we just thought, “Let’s do it one time.” It has to be an enduring capability.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Three DoD CMMC Acquisition Rules Set to Become Permanent Shortly – By Lamar Johnson, April 15, 2021. MeriTalk.

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