Applications are now available for aspiring assessor organizations, which will also need to have their security certified.
Information about organizations seeking a stamp of approval under the Pentagon’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will be stored on the Department of Defense Information Network, according to the head of the accreditation body working with DOD on the CMMC.
Currently, DOD contractors mostly pledge adherence to requisite cybersecurity practices. The CMMC, taking effect with a rule change expected this fall, will require all defense contractors to have their cybersecurity status audited and certified by an independent third party before they can do business with the department.
The program has raised concerns among some contractors about cybersecurity for the apparatus being set up to manage the certifications and audit data, such as a repository DOD officials will use at the time of award to check whether prospective prime contractors and their associated subcontractors have achieved the necessary certification.
“DOD intends to maintain their instance [of the repository] on the DOD network and we will be responsible for populating that,” said Ty Schieber, chairman of the board for the CMMC accreditation body.