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A comprehensive look at the board behind CMMC

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is set to upend how the Department of Defense does business with 300,000 contractors who provide everything from advanced aircraft to the shoelaces in soldiers’ boots. The board and accreditation body behind the program faces the huge task of hiring and training the cybersecurity assessors who will certify the cybersecurity of DOD's contractors. But beneath the surface, many structural challenges remain, and those unresolved issues are raising questions about whether CMMC will become the most important four-letter acronym for those wanting to do business with the DOD — or be added to the ash heap of failed Pentagon cybersecurity initiatives. Jackson Barnett has the in-depth story.

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The Best Bosses in Federal IT

In case you missed it, FedScoop announced the winners of the 2020 Best Bosses in Federal IT awards on Tuesday. At the helm of the most successful IT organizations across government are leaders who demonstrate vision and inspiration, rallying their teams to deliver innovative technology solutions to serve American citizens. FedScoop’s Best Bosses list was created to celebrate these champions of federal technology. See the winners here!

DOD’s top two tech-strategy officials to step down in July

The Pentagon’s undersecretary for research and engineering, Michael Griffin, and his deputy, Lisa Porter, have both tendered their resignations effective July 10. Griffin was leading the DOD’s charge on many technology fronts, especially with 5G telecommunications and helping to advance artificial intelligence across the department. Porter was the founding director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and also a senior NASA official. More on the sudden resignations.


Enabling secure remote work by embracing Zero Trust

When it comes to achieving a Zero Trust IT operating environment, CIOs confront a range of questions on how to tackle such a massive undertaking. Steve Faehl, Microsoft’s U.S. security CTO, shares the company's story on how it confronted those same questions and was able to establish a set of Zero Trust security principles internally. Read more from Steve Faehl.

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