Cyber security a top priority, as Pentagon vows to help companies meet trusted computing certification

Dec. 19, 2019
When it comes to working on defense contracts cyber security standards are non-negotiable and can't be traded as part of contract negotiation.

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) moves forward in its cyber security maturity model certification, small suppliers to the department won't be left behind, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment says. DOD reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

19 Dec. 2019 -- "The cyber security maturity model certification is generically what ISO standards are for quality," Ellen Lord said earlier this month at the Ronald Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif.

"Right now we know that we have incredible vulnerabilities due to cyber threats. We really are at a cyberwar to some extent. So it is not practicable to not have some level of standards that have to be met."

When it comes to working on defense contracts, she said, trusted-computing standards are non-negotiable and can't be traded as part of contract negotiation, as are things like cost, quality or schedule.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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