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Capital Hill

US administration transition book from the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission

The new US administration has its work cut out for sure when it comes to cyber security, but the challenges and opportunities are recognised.  To support the development of strategy and operationalise cyber risk management the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission has offered its advice through the enclosed ‘Transition book for the incoming Biden Administration’. Providing useful …

Weapon system

In the beginning there was…….

Sometimes it’s useful to go back to the beginning, to understand the reasons for the decisions which are made and why.  To clarify the mission objective and reconfirm what we are doing and why we are doing it. The enclosed public report was published in 2018 by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the …

The DoD CMMC programme and international DIB compliance

On 17th December 2020 the UK Defence trade associations ADS Group and Team Defence Information (TDI), Katie Arrington the CISO for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment and myself, with the support of the UK Embassy in Washington. Held a CMMC webinar.  We introduced the US DoDs CMMC programme and …

Capital Hill

Concerns raised by US Universities, as they write to the OUSD A&S seeking clarity on the application of CMMC to academic and research institutions.

As the CMMC debate continues, it is raising some interesting, difficult and dare I say it academic questions.  Several representative bodies for research institutions in the US have written to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD[A&S]).  Raising concerns over the implementation of CMMC and its financial impact on academic institutions during COVID …

Capitol Hill

Cyber security standards: An important subject for the US Senate and House Armed Services Committee

Cyber security is an important topic for discussion in 2021.  Whilst this years US elections will undoubtedly create some breathing space for regulation, the Senate and the House Armed Services Committee has set an agenda for discussion of CMMC in 2021.  CMMC is one component of the drive in the US for Supply chain security.  …

CMMC CoE

CMMC CoE and Parava sign MoU

Parava Security Solutions has signed an MOU with the Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC) and the CMMC Centre of Excellence (John Weiler CMMC-CoE, TBM, Agile Acquisition). Formed under agreement with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – Accreditation Body (CMMC AB). Parava is a cyber security advisory firm, with experience in providing strategic, tactical, and …