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National Security Memorandum & DHS Pathfinder Assessment

Aug 23, 2021

Happy Monday, and thanks for tuning in to this week’s segment of Mondays with Miranda!

This past month, President Biden issued a national security memorandum, instructing the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber team and NIST to work together with federal agencies to develop cybersecurity performance goals for critical infrastructure operators and owners. The memorandum also orders the aforementioned groups to offer preliminary baseline cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure control systems by late September, with final “cross-sector” goals to be delivered within a year.

In other news, the Department of Homeland Security just announced a new “pathfinder assessment.” They will be using this assessment to review the CMMC program and ensure that contractors doing work with DHS have an acceptable cyber hygiene. The Department of Homeland Security’s CIO, Eric Hysen, and their Acting Procurement Officer, Paul Courtney, announced the program on SAM.gov and said, “Our end goal is to have a means of ensuring a contractor has key cybersecurity and cyber hygiene practices in place as a condition for contract award. This process is a critical step in our progress towards protecting the Homeland.”

Finally, the defense industry is currently awaiting the results of the Biden Administration’s review of the CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) program, and many are concerned that this may cost SMB’s a lot more than initially intended by the Pentagon. According to a recent study, 1 in 4 suppliers may stop doing business with the DoD due to costly cybersecurity requirements. In addition, the CMMC program has been on hold since March, when the internal assessment began, and is estimated to continue the assessment through the rest of 2021.

That’s all for today! Thank you for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Mondays With Miranda!” Keep up to date with current news by following NeQter Labs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Youtube. We love comments and questions, so please feel free to send me an email at info@neqterlabs.com.

About the Author: Miranda Simpson

Miranda Simpson is a Technical Writer & Support Representative at NeQter Labs, in Middletown, RI. She is extremely passionate about technology and cybersecurity. She enjoys long walks on the beach while listening to punk rock with her mobile walkman.

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