CMMC Implementation: What it Means for Small Businesses, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations of the Committee on Small Business, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, June 24, 2021   [open pdf - 54MB]

This is the June 24, 2021 hearing on "CMMC [Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification] Implementation: What it Means for Small Businesses," held before the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations of the Committee on Small Business. From the Opening Statement of Dean Phillips: "Cyber attacks have the potential to threaten public safety and undermine the American economy and national security. The early months of 2021 have provided harsh reminders of this very fact. Over the past 6 months, hackers and other malicious actors have held an oil pipeline for ransom, breached the Nation's largest transit network, and attacked private companies to obtain sensitive customer data. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, malicious cyber activity has cost the U.S. economy between 57- and $109 billion since 2016. With our society's reliance on technology and digitization growing, there is no doubt that cyber attacks will only become more prevalent moving forward. Recognizing the urgency of cyber threats, the Department of Defense has taken steps to protect sensitive defense information from attacks aimed at over 300,000 companies that compose the Defense Industrial Base, the DIB. One of these efforts has been the creation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. The CMMC is a framework that seeks to improve the protection of different types of sensitive, unclassified information through the implementation of a unifying security standard across the DIB. [...] The need for cybersecurity is unquestionable. It is vital that companies in the DIB become more resilient and prepared for cyber attacks. With that said, the CMMC Initiative has the potential of driving many small businesses out of the Defense Industrial Base, therefore, we must get this right. To that end, it is important to pay attention to the numerous red flags that small businesses have raised about this initiative." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jonathan T. Williams, Scott Singer, Tina Wilson, and Michael Dunbar.

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