Lynn Shelton

Doing Business with the US Military?

The Weekly Report – May 3, 2021
Prepare for a new DoD mandate.

Any manufacturers who do business with the U.S. Department of Defense – or plan to – will benefit from an upcoming ZOOM meeting that explains the DoD’s new cybersecurity requirements. CyberNINES will host a panel on how the requirements are impacting America’s manufacturers in the industrial midwest from 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, June 1st.

CMMC is a new Department of Defense (DoD) mandate for any company doing business with the US military that will provide cyber security risk management protections for companies that work in the military supply chain.

Cyber vulnerabilities become more pronounced every year – every month – which we learned from participants in the 2020 version of the State of Manufacturing® survey. One estimate I read predicts it is well on its way to becoming a $700 billion industry. So, it is little wonder why DoD intends to use the certification to protect critical information that is necessarily being used by prime federal contractors and their subcontractors. The CMMC program was announced on January 31, 2020 and is expected to become a requirement for all DoD-related RFPs beginning in 2026.

According to CyberNINES, the CMMC establishes and oversees a qualified, trained, and high-fidelity community of assessors that can deliver consistent and informative assessments to participating organizations against a defined set of controls/best practices within the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program. Much like ISO, CMMC collects best practices and processes that certify how companies graduate from stages of low-level implementation to higher levels of certification or “maturity.”

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The CMMC Model itself is created and managed by the DoD. Official information is available at

CyberNINES is a company that helps businesses and government entities that provide products and services to the U.S. military organizations secure their information/data from criminal hackers and help bring into new mandated federal compliance standards. Enterprise Minnesota is now partnering with CyberNINES to bring that expertise to manufacturers.

Scott Singer, president of CyberNINES, will moderate a panel discussion on CMMC compliance. Scott is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy who since 2010 served as chief information officer at PaR. Prior to that he worked for 14 years for Medtronic.

His panelists will include:

  • Jeff Dalton, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, CMMC Accreditation Body. President of Broadsword.
  • Bob Kill, President & CEO, Enterprise Minnesota
  • Tim Wiora, executive director/CEO, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions

Participants can expect to learn:

  • CMMC requirements of certified organizations.
  • DoD deadlines for obtaining the CMMC.
  • How to begin preparing for CMMC.
  • The benefits of investing in CMMC.
  • Common questions of DoD suppliers.

To register for this event, please email us at [email protected].

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