ACT I applauded the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body (AB) and the Department of Defense last week, calling it an important next step in an industry partnership that will secure defense industry networks for decades to come.
“CMMC represents the Department of Defense and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) partnering together towards the collective security and success of our nation. Executing the MOU between the DoD and AB is an important next step in that partnership,” said ACT I CEO Michael Niggel. “The Accreditation Body is an important voice for industry between the industrial base and the DoD because it ensures companies of every size and shape have the information and training required to meet the important standards that enable our collective success. Companies like ACT I have taken the necessary steps to prepare for CMMC certification well in advance of its execution; we look forward to working with the AB and supporting the successful implementation of CMMC in any way we can.”
Niggel also welcomed the release of CMMC Standard Version 1.0 in February saying, “CMMC is a cornerstone in the continued security and success of America’s industrial base.”
Already an ISO 9001 and CMMI Level 3-certified company, ACT I has long planned for upcoming CMMC audits and certification. The company established a Cybersecurity Community of Interest with representatives from across functional areas and completed self-certification for NIST 800-171 Revision 1 compliance with third-party compliance validation. ACT I also has continued to support CMMC implementation, participating in the Professional Services Council’s CMMC Task Force and representing small and medium-sized businesses at Tri-Association meetings of PSC, NDIA, and AIA with the Department of Defense.