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CMMC Program Rule Will be Finalized by October. Here’s What You Can Do Right Now.

The long-awaited moment has arrived. On June 27, the Department of Defense (DOD) submitted the final Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). This marks the final step in a years-long process, with OIRA’s review allowed to take up to 90 to 120 days. That means CMMC will be published in the Federal Register and finalized no later than September or October.

This news will likely trigger panic for many in the defense industrial base (DIB). While we’ve been advancing toward this moment for years, most contractors still aren’t ready. A 2023 study commissioned by CyberSheath revealed alarming statistics: Only 19% of respondents had implemented vulnerability management solutions, and a mere 25% had secure IT backup solutions in place. Even more concerning, 81% of respondents claimed compliance based solely on self-assessment, a risky proposition as we enter an era of potential audits and enforcement.

With 70% of respondents rating the difficulty of understanding CMMC compliance as 7 or higher on a scale of 1 to 10, it’s clear that many organizations are struggling. But the complexity of CMMC can no longer be an excuse for inaction.

As the clock ticks down to CMMC enforcement, contractors need to act quickly and decisively. One of the best resources for figuring out what needs to be done is CMMC CON 2024: Behind the Screen. This free, virtual conference, held on September 25, 2024, is your lifeline to CMMC compliance.

This year’s event zeroes in on critical issues facing the DIB, including:

  • The impact of the False Claims Act on contractors
  • A step-by-step guide to achieving CMMC Level 2 compliance
  • Ensuring your entire supply chain meets CMMC standards
  • Navigating the complexities of the RFP process in the CMMC era

CMMC CON 2024 is your opportunity to gain the knowledge and tools you need to secure your place in the defense industry’s future. With insights from legal experts, government consultants, and cybersecurity specialists, as well as resources such as training, white papers, and guides, you’ll equip your organization to face the challenges of CMMC head-on.

Join us at CMMC CON 2024 and ensure you’re not left behind in this new era. Register for CMMC CON 2024 today.

Join us for CMMC CON 2024 on Sept. 25, 2024, at 9am EST for a free, virtual, one-day conference focused on safeguarding against cyberthreats.
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