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CMMC board walks back questionable "partner program"

The accreditation body implementing the Department of Defense‘s new contractor cybersecurity standards has hit yet another bump in the road. Over the weekend, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body launched a “Partner Program” that many quickly called out as a pay-to-play scheme. The CMMC-AB quickly took down information about the program, but not before many people caught it, including DOD officials. "The Department of Defense was unaware of the CMMC Accreditation Body’s intent and would not embrace any activity that would pose a potential or perceived conflict of interest," said a spokesperson. Jackson Barnett has more.

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New Federal Data Strategy documents

The Trump administration recently issued a set of draft documents that will help guide agencies in developing functional roles that deal with data and helping guide those leaders in how to manage and use that data ethically. Wednesday at Informatica's Data in Action Summit, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat detailed the release of a curated data skills catalog and a data ethics framework, both of which are for public comment. The skills catalog is meant to "help agencies develop competencies for managing data as a strategic asset and making data-driven decisions,” she said, while the ethics framework will help "guide the ethical management and the use of data throughout the entire data lifecycle, from creation all the way through the use of it, and ongoing.” Billy Mitchell has more from the data strategy.

CDM priorities a bit different during pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, systems integrators hired to help provide network monitoring tools through the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cybersecurity program have been spending a lot of their time filling IT asset-management gaps. Due to the changing nature of work to a remote environment during the crisis, contractors have had to address much more basic issues, like considering what devices are on federal networks, before they could think about other security questions. More from Dave Nyczepir.

Informatica executives on the evolving role of data

In interviews with FedScoop, Informatica leaders discuss the evolution of data management, the impact of new technologies like cloud and artificial intelligence and the growing importance of the chief data officer role. In conjunction with the Data in Action Summit, watch interviews from:

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