Katie Arrington: DOD to Roll Out CMMC Requirements in DHS Contracts

Katie Arrington: DOD to Roll Out CMMC Requirements in DHS Contracts
Katie Arrington CISO DOD Acquisition Office

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for the office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and a previous Wash100 awardee, said the Department of Defense is determining ways on how to integrate the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements into Department of Homeland Security contracts, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“There will be a cyber requirement in every department of defense contract,” Arrington said Thursday at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association meeting. “This is rolling out to other federal agencies. The next one is DHS, we're going to…work through DHS to start implementing the CMMC on their contracts.” 

She said the new administration will evaluate the initial contracts to be selected for assessments and that companies can now start the process of securing certification from the CMMC Accreditation Body, which she said has trained and certified approximately 130 independent auditors.

“You should have readily available by spring early summer, a practitioner certified in a geographical area near you,” Arrington said. “If you wanted to go out and get a certification you could, you do not need to wait.”

You may also be interested in...


Microsoft Azure Government Now Offers 142 Services With FedRAMP’s High Provisional Authorization

Microsoft now has 142 cloud services certified with high provisional authorization to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to standardize the security of cloud products used in the federal government. The company said in a blog post published Thursday its offerings under the Azure Government cloud work to boost the security and compliance of federal agencies.

MCR Federal

MCR Federal Working to Provide Space Force With Modernized C2 Software

MCR Federal secured a contract in May to help the U.S. Space Force implement new command and control software equipped with modernized applications in an effort to replace aging space C2 software tools.

X-57 Maxwell

NASA to Hold High-Voltage Ground Tests for X-57 Electric Aircraft

NASA is slated to conduct ground tests for high-voltage operation of an experimental plane being designed by Empirical Systems Aerospace to help the agency create certification requirements for electric aircraft units.