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How A New Administration Will Look For Cybersecurity

The CMMC and The CDM

Under the Trump administration, new security measures came out to help strengthen the US government’s cybersecurity infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program is a new set of cybersecurity standards developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect defense contractors from cyber attacks.

Additionally, the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program – the Federal government’s primary program to improve civilian agency cyber security – is part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The CMMC is essentially a set of guidelines. Therefore, businesses that meet this certification can work with the federal government. There are different numbered levels showing how well a contractor has deployed cybersecurity throughout their organization.

In their own words, “The CDM Program was developed in 2012 to support government-wide and agency-specific efforts to provide risk-based, consistent, and cost-effective cybersecurity solutions to protect federal civilian networks across all organizational tiers.”

According to the CISA, an agency created under the Trump administration, agency is strong and has done great work. However, it never received as much funding as it could to make it a powerhouse.  Speaking of funding, the CDM received a budget of $281 Million for the 2020 fiscal year. Unfortunately, the program is looking at nearly half its budget being cut.  

The Biden Administration Projected Impact

The CDM received a budget of $281 Million for the 2020 fiscal year. Unfortunately, the program is looking at nearly half its budget being cut.

Information overload yet?  I know, it is a lot to take in, but truly the integrity of our nation’s digital infrastructure is what we are talking about here.  It’s a big deal.  So after the work the Trump administration put in, what will it look like if Biden takes office?  Here’s a glimpse of what we can expect. 

Alejandro Mayorkas. He’s is set to be the next DHS Secretary, subject to Senate confirmation. Mayorkas was DHS Deputy Secretary during the second Obama administration. During which he developed a considerable profile in cybersecurity and the fight against cyber crime.

Mayorkas isn’t the only one with a strong cybersecurity background. Avril Haines, Biden’s choice for director of national intelligence, also has a lot of experience in cyber intelligence. The two picks together show the Biden administration takes cybersecurity seriously.

Hopefully, the incoming administration can work with Congress to increase budgetary deficits to these agencies. All eyes are going to be on CISA in the next year. How this will play out will depend on how Congress and the administration can work together to provide for the future of cybersecurity.

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15 thoughts on “How A New Administration Will Look For Cybersecurity”

  1. michael j kachurak

    To Barth, Barth gets all his info from CNN. I was hoping for another four with Trump. Now we are heading for Communism. First, the speech goes, and next the gun registration, then confiscation. But with Trump, we could have only delayed it. Now we can look ahead sooner towards another Venezuela. Happy Trails.

  2. I just purchased PCMATIC and am very disappointed. I wanted to be protected by and support an American company but in reading what this company thinks should be published, it’s just propagation designed to break our democracy and usher in a Republican led autocracy. Very disappointing.

  3. after 4 years with these two clowns in office i will be just like obama with a 3rd term . When the 4 years are up this country will never be the same will be in the toilet bowl

  4. As far as I am concerned, with the pseudo election of Biden/Harris is far from making his own decisions. Especially when he has had his share of gaffes, plagiarism, and making lame statements about how he is going to use all of Trump’s plans with no references to “control COVID-19; AKA the China Plague.
    It will be just a 3rd season of Obama, for about a month then it will suddenly be President Harris. or Pelosi.
    I am an Ultra, Super, Dyed in the wool Conservative and If I could legally do it I would plan a Tax Strike on the new administration if it has Biden/Harris attached.

  5. Getting write to the point. The devil and his advocates. For sure the Democrat party, some rinoes are changing America as it once was. They are all about power and control. They don’t care about the people. Certainly not God fearing people. They are attempting to steal the election, and more than that. This is the opposition, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: We are in a spititual battle for our souls. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Don’t anyone think it is about Democrat or Republican. This is where our hope lies. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. That is God in the person of Jesus Christ. I believe the Lord is working through Presedent Trump for the people. You don’t here is named mentioned with the Democrat party. I believe also that pc matic is on the Lords side, doing their best to protect the people their customers. God bless your efforts and all you have done for us, your customers.

  6. I am concerned that with the history of the Biden family and their party there could be real issues in the near future.

    I am currently going through a CMMC qualification and know that PC Matic needs to add a few features to be compliant with the requirements. For instance, real time USB monitoring. I have been a PCMatic customer for many years and have it on all of my computers. What is PCMatic doing to become compliant with the CMMC NIST 800 171 requirements? I hate to have to select a different software because of CMMC compliance.

  7. I am more concerned with the criminals on the inside, especially Harris, a communist sympathizer who, like Obama, is not legally qualified to be vice president. If these people take over the Government of the United States,it will be a dictatorship in less than 5 years. Ask any Venezuelan.

  8. Ditto on Tom Standridge remarks. It is always scary when your name is Smith.
    Biden will never be my President ! What a joke !!!

  9. It’s not just Joe, the entire Biden family is corrupt. It is a disgrace that they may actually move into the White House.

  10. I can understand that you would not believe anything a politician might say. In contrast to Biden’s picks; do you remember that President Trump put Gov. Perry in charge of the Energy Department, an Oklahoma Att. Gen. with 6 cases against the EPA as the head of the EPA, a person who had never attended public school and would not let her children go to public school as the Sec. of Education, a brain surgeon as the head of housing and urban development, etc. The people President-Elect Biden has named to federal positions have experience and are responsible. President Trump is known to be a liar, cheat and dishonorable. Facebook and Twitter have done what they thought fair and called out the intentionally misleading, non-factual statements without taking away the right of anyone to say anything. You and I illustrate why it will be so hard to bring America back together, but we have to try.


    I agree with that statement. Biden would receive a welcome wagon full of $$$ from China. He is their main man in U.S. government. He is in their pocket and everything Trump has done to de-throne China would be undone by puppet Biden. Not only is he not a practicing Catholic, he is a turncoat American citizen. BLM–Biden Loves Money!

  12. I agree with your assessments. “They” have put years of setting up this crisis.
    “We” have been silent too long.
    I was kicked off Twitter 2 years ago and they still won’t let me back in. I am not that unethical or vicious, not at all.
    The POWER of WORDS.

  13. Well Tom, where’s your proof. We have a lot of proof that the current president (45) is indeed a crook.
    He has had to return the money he charged for his scam university.
    He has had to return money donated to his charity and cannot ever again have a charity in NY. He never sent the charity money he collected for veterans until caught.
    He has faced many lawsuits for not paying vendors and workers. He used foreign labor to under-pay those workers.
    Then there are foreign emoluments and domestic emoluments.
    Trump claimed he cut $1 million check for veterans, but didn’t until caught:

    Trump said he raised $6m for veterans, but didn’t:

    Trump said groups got money, but they hadn’t received checks:

    Trump evaded Vietnam through four student draft deferments, and one medical deferment for “bone spurs” in his foot:

    Trump said disabled veterans “downgraded” Fifth Avenue, and wanted them kicked out from in front of Trump Tower:

    Trump on Prisoners of War: “I like people who weren’t captured.”

    Trump on avoiding STDs while sleeping around in the 1980s: “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

    Trump on his ritzy military themed private school: “Always felt I was in the military” and “gave me more training, militarily, than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

  14. I don’t believe anything Joe Biden says and especially who he recommends for power or position in our government and Country… he not really president of USA. It’s so scary that people really think he is a honest man.. He’s a thief and very mentally ill person.
    Security it a joke from Joe Biden.
    Facebook is a joke also Twitter no confidence in any of the site’s.

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