NIST 800-171 Co-Author Dr. Ron Ross to Discuss New Revision at CMMC CON 2023

RESTON, Va. — August 15, 2023 — Federal contractors in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) got a key piece of information in May that will drive their compliance efforts with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 program. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) updated guidance for protecting controlled unclassified information (CUI) via Special Publication 800-171, Revision 3, the backbone of CMMC 2.0.

Contractors can get historical insight into NIST’s evolution and answers on the new draft at CyberSheath’s fourth-annual CMMC CON. Dr. Ron Ross, Co-Author of NIST 800-171, will be interviewed by CyberSheath CEO Eric Noonan during the free, one-day virtual conference on Sept. 27, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Registration for the event is still open.

“Many of the newly added requirements specifically address threats to CUI, which recently has been a target of state-level espionage,” Dr. Ross said via the NIST website. “We want to implement and maintain state-of-the-practice defenses because the threat space is changing constantly. We tried to express those requirements in a way that shows contractors what we do and why in federal cybersecurity. There’s more useful detail now with less ambiguity.”

Dr. Ross has served as a Computer Scientist and Fellow at NIST for more than 25 years. He leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative, an interagency working group that develops the unified information security framework for the federal government and its contractors. He was inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame in 2009 and the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2015. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Ross joins a list of other established industry leaders speaking at CMMC CON 2023, including Microsoft Chief Architect Richard Wakeman and keynote speaker Robert O’Neill, a highly-decorated combat veteran who embodies this year’s CMMC CON theme, “Strive to Thrive.”

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