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Washington State Department of Commerce Invests in Defense Manufacturers with Cybersecurity Training

Monday, August 17, 2020 | Cybersecurity | CMMC, News Release

Partnership with Impact Washington will provide Defense Manufacturers with actionable steps to comply with emerging cybersecurity standards.

Deloit R. Wolfe Jr., President, and Center Director of Impact Washington announced that Impact Washington would receive nearly $1 million in grant funding for the firms' DoD cybersecurity consulting and training programs.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (DoD - OEA), supported by the Washington State Department of Commerce. This partnership between Commerce's Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness and Impact Washington proposes a unique collaboration to provide awareness and training to companies throughout the state.  

While DFARS and NIST 800-171 are current standardsthe emerging CMMC will require DoD contractors to become CMMC certified. This will include all suppliers at all tiers along the supply chain, small businesses, commercial item contractors, and foreign suppliers. For contracts that require CMMC, certification will we required for consideration. 

"Our military and defense industry strengthens communities all over the state by supporting over $13 billion in annual procurements with nearly 2,000 Washington manufacturers. This sector is vital to creating an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship continue to thrive," said Washington Commerce Director  Lisa Brown. “Impact Washington is an ideal partner to help our state’s manufacturing firms and their supply chains prepare for new certifications that will be required to continue serving the DoD.”

Wolfe commented, "Impact Washington is committed to supporting the defense workforce and contractors throughout the state. Cybersecurity compliance awareness and training designed for defense contractors and their supply chains to address the ever-growing threat of cyberattacks is needed as the federal compliance date draws near. Grants like these enable us to support investments in developing curriculum, training, and outreach programs that minimize a manufacturer's time in understanding the changes and the actionable steps to comply with these emerging standards.”

For more information Impact Washington’s DoD Cybersecurity consulting and DFARS-CMMC Readiness training program visit www.impactwashington.org.  


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