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Defense Contractor Cybersecurity Audits Move Closer to Reality

Jan. 31, 2020, 4:30 PM

The Pentagon is creating an independent accreditation body and unveiling final cyber standards, as the military pushes ahead with plans to eventually certify cybersecurity measures among about 300,000 defense contractors.

The not-for-profit body is composed 13 self-nominated members and will be charged with overseeing auditors and certification of companies as the standards begin appearing in contracting solicitations this summer. The 300-plus pages of certification requirements were expected to be published by the Pentagon Friday.

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord
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The standards will be part of 20 contract solicitations this year, with the first awards around October. All defense contractors will be subject to the ...

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