DOD Cyber Self-Certification Elevates Gov't Contractor Risks

By Shardul Desai, Eric Crusius and Kelsey Hayes (December 14, 2021, 5:55 PM EST) -- With the announcement of a revamped Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, now known as CMMC 2.0, for the third time in five years, the U.S. Department of Defense released new, comprehensive cybersecurity standards for government contractors and subcontractors to ensure the protection of sensitive unclassified information — that is, federal contract information and controlled unclassified information.[1]

By referring to the new cybersecurity standard as CMMC 2.0, the DOD implicitly recognizes the likelihood of future versions at an unknown cost to the defense industrial base, or DIB.

Nevertheless, version 2.0, which was released after a seven-month review by the Biden administration, reflects the...

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