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Inside CMMC's turmoil

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is facing turbulent times. Companies and military officials have expressed frustration at how the CMMC accreditation body dropped a sudden and unexpected request for proposals for a tool to continuously monitor contractors' cybersecurity hygiene. With the sudden release of the RFP, some have described the accreditation body — a vital piece of the CMMC puzzle — as a private layer of bureaucracy that could hamper progress on securing sensitive government information entrusted to contractors. Frank Kendall, a former undersecretary of Defense, didn't hold back: “The Defense Department should at least delay CMMC implementation, and probably cancel it altogether.” Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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A new TIC 3.0 pilot

The State Department isn't letting the coronavirus get in the way of piloting a Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 use case. The department is actively applying the TIC 3.0 standard at an unnamed post, keeping the access point on-site rather than backhauling network data to its headquarters, said Sean Connelly, TIC program manager at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Connelly said CISA is working with the State Department and several other agencies accessing the cloud from branch offices, with current plans to incorporate lessons learned into that particular use case. Dave Nyczepir has more on the pilot.

A Congressional Digital Service fellowship

The pandemic has made it apparent that Congress needs its own digital services team, says tech advocacy group TechCongress. The group launched a fellowship this week to fill the gap until lawmakers are willing to officially create such a team themselves. The group is recruiting a small tech team to send to Capitol Hill for eight months to help with Congress’ most pressing digital needs, based on the U.S. Digital Service model. “Today it’s clear that the continuity of our Legislative Branch is dependent on its technical infrastructure,” said TechCongress founder Travis Moore. “Over a month since widespread shelter-in-place orders were announced, we’ve heard barely a peep from a Congressional Committee and have had only one single day of emergency voting in the House.” Billy Mitchell has more on the fellowship.

Senators back DOD cyber college

As the National Defense University considers shuttering its College of Information and Cyberspace, a bipartisan group of senators has asked the Department of Defense to rethink. NDU has proposed a reorganization in leadership that would take away the CIC’s full-degree and certificate programs, making any remaining IT or cybersecurity courses electives under other program areas. “We believe that academic programs specializing in cyber and information warfare should not be relegated to standalone elective courses within other NDU colleges, in lieu of their full degree or certificate-granting status at the CIC,” says the letter, signed by four senators. “We fear that such an action sends the wrong message to our warfighters and to our adversaries.” Billy has this too.


Taking a fresh look at security for the remote workforce

Government agencies are adjusting to long-term teleworking, and IT executives will need to keep ahead of cyberthreats as employees connect from home and introduce new security risks. Cybersecurity tools, like network modeling, go a long way to help security teams identify what's on the network and where potential security risks exist, says cybersecurity veteran Wayne Lloyd in a new podcast. Listen to the full conversation.

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