CMMC board's training lead resigns

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Two members for the body governing the DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program have resigned, FCW has learned.

CMMC board member Nicole Dean, the chief information security officer for Accenture, and Ben Tchoubineh, the CMMC accreditation body's chair for training, have voluntarily resigned, a spokesperson for CMMC board's chairman Karlton Johnson told FCW via email.

No further details were provided.

The resignations come as the volunteer-run CMMC-AB is working to train enough assessors that will be needed to survey defense contractors' cybersecurity readiness -- a critical component to implementing the program.

This summer is expected to be a crucial turning point for establishing the training ecosystem with organizations that develop course materials and train potential assessors. Tchoubineh previously indicated that training materials and classes should be ready by the summer as DOD prepares to release up to 15 pilot programs that will use CMMC in contract language later this year.

The board's registration as a government contractor also appears to have lapsed as of March 4. A CMMC-AB spokesperson said the board is working with "to address some minor technical issues and they expect this will be resolved shortly. To date, all the work in progress is correct."

DOD did not return a request for comment at the time of publication.

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Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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