Pentagon to issue cyber security standards to provide trusted computing for military supply chain

Jan. 31, 2020
Many Large contractors have bolstered themselves against foreign hackers, yet many medium- and smaller-size companies are alarmingly unprepared.

WASHINGTON – Thousands of smaller defense contractors face new cyber security standards that will soon be the cost of doing business as the Pentagon seeks to prevent hacking and theft from countries such as China and Iran. Bloomberg Law reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

31 Jan. 2020 -- U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leaders say they planned to release the standards at the end of January as they rush toward requiring new universal auditing of contractors’ cyber safeguards by this summer.

The military’s vast commercial supply chain, especially smaller vendors, has emerged as a critical national security weakness.

About 300,000 contractors large and small will be subject to the trusted-computing auditing and certification, which DOD has dubbed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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