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DHS Eyes CMMC Model

By Federal Computer Week

August 19, 2021

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The Department of Homeland Security wants to explore its options on creating a verifiable cybersecurity standard for contractors and looks to be taking cues from the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

DHS' Office of the Chief Procurement Officer issued a special notice on Aug. 10, noting that it is looking for a way to check contractors' compliance with its cyber hygiene clauses released in 2015.

"In light of recent events, DHS seeks to advance our process in assessing industry compliance with Cyber Hygiene clause requirements," wrote DHS CIO Eric Hysen, and Acting Chief Procurement Officer Paul Courtney in the SAM.gov notice.

"DHS has been closely monitoring the Department of Defense's implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to identify lessons learned and best practices for consideration by DHS as we advance our process."

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