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Buy 1 Get 2 Free Special on Cyber Regulations: DoD Interim Rule Unveils 3 New Clauses Geared at Cybersecurity Assessments

September 29, 2020

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released its eagerly anticipated Interim Rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement two major initiatives: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The Interim Rule introduces the related clauses DFARS 252.204-7019, Notice of NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements and DFARS 252.204-7020, NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements; as well as the separate clause DFARS 252.204-7021, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Requirements.

-7019 requires contractors to have a current NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment in order to be considered for award, which may have been met where contractors have had a recent Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC) Assessment. Relatedly, -7020 requires contractors to provide the Government with access to their facilities and systems for higher-level Assessments, in addition to ensuring that subcontractors handling Covered Defense Information (CDI) have made their Assessments available to the Government.

-7021 implements the long-expected CMMC framework, where contractors must receive a third-party certification that they have met one of five specified cybersecurity levels – and maintain that certification for the duration of their contracts. The CMMC clause will begin appearing in select solicitations later this year, and eventually in all solicitations above the micro-purchase threshold by October 1, 2025, excluding those exclusively for commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items.

The Interim Rule goes into effect on November 30, 2020, with comments due the same day.

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