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Ellen Lord: Pentagon’s CMMC Program Draws International Interest

Jeff Brody
Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said several international partners have expressed interest in adopting the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday.

“The CMMC team is currently working with multiple countries including Canada, the U.K., Denmark, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Sweden and Poland as well as the EU cybersecurity body,” Lord said Tuesday during a presentation at WEST 2020 in San Diego.

Katie Arrington, who serves as chief information security officer at the office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, told the publication in February she expects to see more international cooperation on DoD’s new cyber standards for contractors.

“I definitely see the international side heavy in 2020 and 2021,” she added.

Arrington will deliver the keynote speech at the Potomac Officers Club’s CMMC Forum 2020 on April 2. Click here to register for the event.

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, will serve as a keynote speaker at the CMMC Forum 2020. She will address the CMMC’s timeline, how the certification process could change and will provide a memorandum of understanding with a newly established CMMC accrediting body.

A full expert panel will include Ty Schieber, senior director of executive education and CMMC-AB chairman of the University of Virginia and Richard Naylor of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) among other members of the federal sector and industry.

Register here to join Potomac Officers Club for its CMMC Forum 2020 on April 2nd to learn about the impact DoD’s CMMC will have on cybersecurity practices, supply chain security and other aspects of the federal market.

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