Sara Friedman

Sara Friedman joined Inside Cybersecurity in February 2020. Previously, she covered government IT for GCN and education technology for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She graduated from Ithaca College with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and politics.

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Daily News | February 11, 2022

The Defense Department is making changes to version two of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program following a review of what controlled unclassified information needs to be protected under the second tier of the model, according to DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity David McKeown.

Daily News | February 9, 2022

Katie Arrington is leaving the Pentagon after months of uncertainty over her future as chief information security officer for the Defense Department's acquisition arm, during an ongoing investigation into her alleged sharing of classified information outside of DOD.

Daily News | February 4, 2022

The Pentagon's decision to move the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is part of an effort to align cybersecurity initiatives across the department, according to DOD CIO John Sherman.

Daily News | February 4, 2022

Transitioning the Pentagon's cyber certification program to the Defense Department chief information officer's portfolio could have a positive impact on DOD efforts to engage with industry, according to a major trade association.

Daily News | February 3, 2022

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is moving from the Pentagon's acquisition arm to direct oversight by Defense Department Chief Information Officer John Sherman, according to a memorandum obtained by Inside Cybersecurity.

Daily News | January 31, 2022

Defense Department Chief Information Officer John Sherman has issued a memorandum detailing how acquisition officials across DOD should evaluate open-source software for defense contracts.

Daily News | January 27, 2022

The upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification assessment process guide includes details on the four phases of assessments, explains procedures and provides a "template inventory," according to the accreditation body behind the Pentagon's CMMC program.

Daily News | January 26, 2022

The White House Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum outlining the government's strategy for moving agencies to using zero trust, which includes a focus on multifactor authentication and industry cybersecurity standards that go beyond personal identity verification.

Daily News | January 20, 2022

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body board chairman Jeff Dalton says the delay in the public release of the CMMC assessment process guide, known as the CAP, is related to national "security" concerns, a claim that is raising questions among CMMC stakeholders.

Daily News | January 20, 2022

The Defense Department's policy for contractors to provide details on how they will address gaps in their Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification assessments will include a threshold on requirements that "need to be" taken "seriously," according to DOD's John Ellis, who leads the office responsible for conducting CMMC assessor audits.

Daily News | January 19, 2022

President Biden is extending requirements in a major 2021 cybersecurity executive order to national security systems, in a memorandum signed today.

The Insider | January 19, 2022

MISI, a Maryland-based accelerator focused on cybersecurity, is starting a new program to help small businesses prepare for the latest changes to the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Daily News | January 11, 2022

With two rulemakings expected at the end of 2022 to formally kick off the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, contracting attorney Robert Metzger says the development of incentives to encourage military contractors to invest now in CMMC preparation is critical but the process is complicated.

Daily News | December 30, 2021

The Defense Department's plans for its revamped cyber certification program will kick into high gear in 2022, with new guidance for assessments under CMMC 2.0 and updates through rulemaking processes to formally cement changes announced by the Pentagon in November.

Daily News | December 22, 2021

The Defense Department will begin conducting new level two audits in late January for companies seeking to assess defense contractors under DOD's revamped Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to the CMMC Accreditation Body.

Daily News | December 21, 2021

The Defense Department is shifting its plans to 2022 for setting up a zero-trust portfolio management office under the oversight of DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman, according to a Pentagon official.

Daily News | December 20, 2021

The Defense Department has released the assessment guide for level two of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, making changes to the initial model through the removal of processes as well as 20 controls that go beyond the initial standard developed by NIST.

Daily News | December 15, 2021

The Defense Department has published a revised guide for level one of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, detailing practices companies must achieve to reach compliance through conducting a self-assessment of their security measures.

Daily News | December 8, 2021

The Pentagon will make changes to its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program by working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to revise Special Publication 800-171, according to Defense Department assessment leader John Ellis, who says DOD has plans to propose additional controls from the old CMMC model for inclusion in the next update to the key NIST publication.

Daily News | December 6, 2021

The Defense Department has released long-awaited scoping guidance for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that will help defense contractors determine what assets will be included under the assessment process, along with a new overview document describing key changes to the program.

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