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Episode 4: How the CMMC requirement has affected the MEP role.

In this month's episode, we speak with Buckley Brinkman Executive Director/CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP). We dive into how the DoD's interim rule of CMMC compliance has affected the role Manufacturing Extension Partners have with small to medium-sized businesses in their area.

 

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CMMC ASSESSMENT ANOUNCEMENT

CMMC Assessments to Begin in August 2022

This week, the Cyber AB (formerly CMMC AB) made a major announcement at their July Town Hall. They reported that the CMMC program is moving forward and voluntary CMMC assessment will begin next month! These assessments are being led by accredited C3PAOs (CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization) and will convert into CMMC assessments when the CMMC Rule Making goes into effect in May 2023. 

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Strengthening Wisconsin's Supply Chain

Wisconsin DoD manufacturers and federal contractors gathered in Oshkosh on May 18 for the 8TH ANNUAL DOD CONTRACT MANAGEMENT UPDATE to discuss Supply Chain Challenges & Solutions in 2022. It has been a challenging year for the federal government and defense contractors as they face increased challenges – supply shortages, cost escalation, labor shortages, new requirements, and security challenges to mention a few.

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CMMC Overview: What You Need to Know to Become and Remain Compliant

What is CMMC?

In January 2020 the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new standard for assessing an organization’s cybersecurity posture called “Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).” According to CMMC, all DoD contractors that process, transmit or store Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) will be asked to be certified by a third-party assessment organization (C3PAO). The new CMMC program consists of five levels of certification in both cybersecurity practices and processes.

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How to Submit a NIST Score?

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Interim Final Rule that went into effect on 30 November 2020, requires both primes and sub-contractors to submit their NIST SP 800-171 assessment score to the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS). While the rule will only impact new contracts, the DoD plans to do 148 Medium Assessments and 81 High Assessments over the next three years, with an estimated 8,823 basic assessment scores to be uploaded on SPRS each year to award new contracts to small businesses. At CyberNINES, we are aware of these changes and committed to helping small and medium-sized businesses accept purchase orders from the DoD and Prime Contractors.   

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Scott Singer Featured in a Bloomberg Article

Scott Singer, President of CyberNINES, was quoted by a reporter from Bloomberg about the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new cybersecurity requirement and its impact on the small and medium-sized businesses. Singer recently testified before the House Small Business Committee on recommendations for making the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance attainable for DoD’s small business suppliers, expressed his concerns about the insufficient number of approved Certified 3rd Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) to satisfy the need to certify the defense contractors by the 2025 deadline. There is a need for roughly 8,000 C3PAOs to certify 300,000 companies in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).

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