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Matthew Travis: CMMC Accreditation Body Expects Voluntary Assessments to Begin Soon

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Matthew Travis, CEO of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body, said CMMC voluntary assessments could kick off in the spring of 2022, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

“We’re still pushing to get to the interim voluntary period,” Travis said Tuesday during a town hall hosted. “I hope certainly by the next quarter, and we’ll keep you informed on where we stand on those issues.”

Travis said the body intends to further build up the CMMC ecosystem by recruiting more cybersecurity assessors to meet future demand from defense contractors for third-party assessments.

He noted that the number of trained assessors has increased from 111 to 759 in the past year, including “Certified CMMC Assessors” and “Certified CMMC Professionals.”

“We’re encouraged by these numbers, but we’ve got to do more,” Travis said. “You’re going to be seeing promotional campaigns from us here this spring, to really encourage Americans to think about becoming assessors. It’s a great way to enter the cybersecurity field.”

Travis also provided updates on the CMMC Assessment Process Guide and growth in the number of “licensed training providers” and “registered practitioners.”

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