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Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Program’s Project Spectrum to train on CMMC readiness.

Preventing loss of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) is critical to maintaining national security. Existing regulation in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012 and associated clauses requires contractor compliance with specific cybersecurity control standards. The Department of Defense has implemented the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which builds upon existing regulation and combines various cybersecurity control standards into a single, unified standard for cybersecurity.

Project Spectrum is the latest tool in this cybersecurity portfolio and is a Department of Defense-supported initiative. An interactive platform, Project Spectrum helps small and medium-sized businesses, as well as Universities, enhance their cyber-awareness of and readiness for cyberattacks targeting American innovation and intellectual property (IP).


To lessen the burden on these organizations, Project Spectrum provides valuable resources for the latest in cyber-defense and risk management. These resources allow organizations to determine their vulnerabilities, to educate their workforce, and to communicate with cybersecurity experts and industry specialists. The American Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base Supply Chain is the second most targeted regime by nation-state hackers, so a platform for organizations to share best practices and the latest intelligence is vital to national security. Project Spectrum provides not only continuous monitoring but also a list of approved vendors and proven solutions.

Project Spectrum will be conducting trainings for businesses who work with for foresee working with the Department of Defense to help them be ready for the certification process that will be launched by the CMMC Accrediting Body in 2020.