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01/29/2020
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CMMC version 1.0 coming this week

Version 1.0 of the Department of Defense's cybersecurity certification standards for contractors are officially arriving later this week. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification process will subject all DOD contractors to third-party cybersecurity assessments, with the goal of protecting the military’s entire supply chain. The program is replacing the DOD’s current reference document — the National Institute of Science and Technology’s standards for cybersecurity — with a five-level rating system. The plan is to have about 1,500 companies certified by next year as the requirements start to pop up in contracts, officials said Tuesday. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.


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NASA CIO Renee Wynn retiring

A federal IT mainstay is leaving government. NASA CIO Renee Wynn announced Tuesday that she will retire later this spring. Wynn joined NASA in July 2015 as deputy CIO and was promoted to CIO that September. Prior to that, she spent 25 years at the Environmental Protection Agency in several roles including CIO and deputy CIO. Jeff Seaton, NASA’s deputy CIO, will likely fill Wynn’s vacancy in an acting capacity if the agency does not hire a replacement before her departure. Billy Mitchell has more.


Federal CIO outlines zero-trust progress

Federal officials and industry leaders gathered Tuesday to discuss federal adoption of a zero-trust cybersecurity model at Duo Security’s Zero Trust Security Summit presented by FedScoop. Federal CIO Suzette Kent, who keynoted the summit, said the government is making progress on the “concepts” of zero-trust architecture — in areas like multi-factor authentication, mobile security, identity management and more. “There is successful alignment in the concepts … of where we need to go with advanced identity management, strong network foundations, use of data matched to the mission and the function of that individual,” she said. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more progress around zero trust.


NIST re-ups zero-trust guidance

As the National Institute of Standards and Technology works on guidance for agencies considering zero trust as part of their security architecture, the agency has added a section on approaches to its draft special publication on the highly popular cybersecurity model. NIST will open the new draft for public comment tentatively in February to allow industry to offer feedback. The special publication is an attempt to provide agencies with a “conceptual framework” using vendor-neutral terms, Scott Rose, a computer scientist at NIST, said at the Zero Trust Security Summit. Dave Nyczepir has this one.


Dynatrace IT leader on how container tech helps agencies serve citizens during crisis

Dynatrace’s Marci Acquaviva says containers allow organizations to break up service dependences within their applications, giving them flexibility to respond to present needs. She shares how one agency was able to scale up its web server to respond to immediate constituent traffic demands during the Woosley fire. Watch Acquaviva’s full conversation here.


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