January 21, 2020
Interview published by ClearanceJobs, Peter Suciu

How DoD’s New Cybersecurity Rules Affect Government Contractors

At the end of the last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued six guidance memoranda aimed at assisting acquisition personnel in developing what has been described as “effective cybersecurity strategies to enhance existing protection requirements.” This included a mandate for the Defense Contract Management Agency to ensure that cybersecurity compliance will be a part of a contractor’s purchasing system audit and approval process.

Among the changes is the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which will replace the self-attestation model and move towards third party certification. It will require all defense contractors and subcontractors to undergo a third-party assessment of their internal cybersecurity technical practices and process maturity against published standards.

James Christopher, EVP of Operations and Engineering at 1901 Group shares his insight with ClearanceJobs on how the CMMC requirements will impact in the federal contractor community and the challenges federal contractor community will face when it comes to DoD contracts and task orders.

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 “Similar to Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications, CMMC compliance will force organizational maturity and ensure the institutionalization of cybersecurity practices and processes. CMMC will require commitment and investment to achieve compliance and obtain certification, which will be more difficult for firms that don’t already have a solid cybersecurity foundation.”


– James Christopher, EVP of Operations and Engineering at 1901 Group

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Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
EVP, Corporate Strategy and BD

Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners. Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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