As reported in an April 8 Inside Cybersecurity article, the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense, Stacy Bostjanick, who focuses on the implementation of the CMMC program across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), announced the Pentagon is striving to release the CMMC program’s interim rule by May 2023, with initial requirements potentially showing up in DoD contracts 60 days after the rule’s publication.
This is a significant acceleration of the original plan for CMMC 1.0 that was not planned to roll out fully until 2025. In its recent move to speed up CMMC 2.0, the DoD appears to be accelerating its implementation by two years.
In an April 8 Inside Cybersecurity article, Bostjanick stated: “We are encouraging companies to move forward and get that CMMC certification today. We have eight C3PAOs that are already approved on the CMMC-AB’s Marketplace website. We need to finish a couple of documents on the government side to get the LTPs [licensed training providers] and LLPs [licensed partner publishers] running, and we are close to that. We are working as fast as we possibly can so we can get the ecosystem kicked into gear. DCMA’s Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center is working with the CMMC program management office on early adoption.”
Reports from the DIB indicate it takes 10 to 18 months to get NIST 800-171 in place, so government contractors who handle controlled unclassified information (CUI) need to start implementing NIST 800-171 as soon as possible. Here are some ways that Celerium can help defense contractors prepare now and thoroughly for CMMC 2.0:
- Celerium’s CMMC Academy helps organizations prepare for their CMMC via our online courses.
- We just announced our updated CMMC 2.0 Insights Courses that include NIST 800-171 self-assessment tools that enable organizations to gauge where they are now. Better yet, our comprehensive instructional material helps get those defense contractors where they need to be.
- Here at our Celerium blog, we will keep you posted on further development on CMMC 2.0.
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