With the introduction of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, contractors working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will be required to meet a certain level of cybersecurity maturity ensuring the protection of the involved sensitive information and data, specifically controlled unclassified information (CUI) and federal contract information (FCI).
Back in August 2022—while rulemaking for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was ongoing (as it still is)—the Joint Surveillance Program (JSP) was sanctioned by the DoD and CyberAB as an interim step in the CMMC program that allowed organizations to pursue a formal DIBCAC High (NIST 800-171) assessment.
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a new framework that aims to better secure federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI) that is stored, processed, or transmitted by defense contractors and the entire defense industrial base (DIB).
Did you know? The Council of Economic Advisors estimates that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016. And unfortunately, in the years since, cybercrime has only become worse. (The Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that the total global cost of cybercrime was as high as $600 billion in 2017.)
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