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Defense Acquisitions: DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Framework

Cybersecurity threats represented by cyberattacks and data theft have had a significant impact on the Department of Defense (DOD) and the defense industrial base (DIB). These threats have become a significant concern to policymakers due to recent alleged incidents involving the unlawful acquisition of significant quantities of sensitive defense information from DIB systems. As part of its response to these threats, DOD began work in early 2019 to develop the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework. This DOD driven initiative intends to provide a “unified cybersecurity standard” for defense acquisitions and aims to use and build on existing law and regulations.


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  • Author(s):
  • Heidi M. Peters
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Defense Acquisitions: DOD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Framework
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:December 8, 2020
License:Public Domain

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