Cyber warriors defend the network at the tactical operations center for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, on Fort Bliss, Texas, during Network Integration Evaluation 16.1, which ran from Sept. 25 to Oct. 8, 2015. (David Vergun/U.S. Army)

Defense Contractor Certification Body Says Maintenance of Companies’ Cybersecurity Posture Is Within Its Role

The accreditation body overseeing the Defense Department’s cybersecurity certification for prospective contractors is also authorized to provide certified companies with cybersecurity services, according to members of the group’s board of directors.

“A continuous monitoring capability could provide benefits to organizations in the defense supply chain by increasing their awareness of changes to their current cybersecurity posture,” Mark Berman, chairman of the board’s communications committee told Nextgov. “This initiative is a potential avenue where we can provide value add to enhance and maintain the security posture.”

Berman was responding to comments from observers who say an April 22 request for proposal the accreditation board issued for a “continuous monitoring solution” marks a departure from the training and certification functions the group is expected to perform.

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