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Department of Defense WISECURED Grant

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is supported by the Department of Defense (DoD) and represents a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB), which includes over 300,000 companies in the supply chain. The WISECURED grant promotes CMMC best practices to mitigate compromises of sensitive defense information located on contractors' information systems.

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About the DoD Grant

This grant was developed by the Cybersecurity Center for Business (CCB) with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC), in partnership with Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Oshkosh Corporation. The intent is to drive the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework to enhance cybersecurity within their defense industry base (DIB) supply chains.

The grant: Wisconsin Execution of Cybersecurity Understanding, Remediation, and Education for Defense (WISECURED) aims to provide defense suppliers identified by Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Oshkosh Corporation a way to begin that journey.

The project will use virtual informative town hall sessions, an online progressive self-assessment tool and readiness workshops to prepare for Level 1 and Level 2 of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications (CMMC). The CMMC process eliminates the self-certification. Defense industry base (DIB) prime and subcontractors will be required to undergo third-party audits of their IT systems and their cybersecurity policies. These will be performed by independent assessors (C3PAOs) to receive CMMC compliance.

The CMMC establishes five certification levels that reflect the maturity and reliability of a company's cybersecurity infrastructure to safeguard sensitive government information on contractors' information systems. Each level requires compliance with the lower-level requirements and institutionalization of additional processes to implement specific cybersecurity practices. All DoD prime and subcontractors must learn the CMMC's technical requirements and prepare not only for certification but long-term cybersecurity agility.

Developed by the Cybersecurity Center for Business (CCB) with the Department of Defense (DoD), the Wisconsin Execution of Cybersecurity Understanding, Remediation and Education for Defense (WISECURED) grant is designed to drive the adoption of the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework to enhance cybersecurity within the defense industry base (DIB), improve the resilience of the defense supply chain, and ensure Wisconsin suppliers are eligible for DOD-funded contracts.

The WISECSURED Provides:

  • Awareness 
  • Self-assessment of a firm’s cybersecurity level by identifying the gaps in security 
  • Maps out a plan for attaining the official CMMC

Why It Matters

Defense suppliers at all levels must meet cybersecurity defense standards by 2024, and the CCB is a tremendous resource to help Wisconsin’s 2,500 discrete defense suppliers reach compliance throughout the state's supply chain.

What WISECURED Entails

  • Town Hall

    Town Hall Virtual Meetups
    Top-level suppliers in the supply chain receive an invitation to attend from Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Oshkosh Corporation, and the CCB. The town hall meetings explain and introduce the grant and the many opportunities it provides to participating defense suppliers. All who attend the town hall virtual meeting are invited to join Syte, our progressive online CMMC self-assessment tool.

  • Readiness Workshop

    Readiness Workshops
    Workshops monitor and assist suppliers through online progressive self assessments, and prepare them for Levels 1 and 2 of the CMMC. Discuss the state of cybersecurity skills and debunk cybersecurity myths. The CCB will design and present content to address the specific needs of participating suppliers and contractors. Refine key elements of a successful cybersecurity program through continuous cyber-skills development.

  • Powerful Partnerships

    Powerful Partnerships
    WISECURED aims to provide participating defense suppliers a clear pathway toward cyber preparedness and certification. UW Whitewater’s outreach services, professors, and experience with learning technologies supports your organization on its CMMC journey. The CCB, in partnership with Tetra Defense, has developed Syte, an online learning tool designed to optimize CMMC learning for levels 1 & 2. CCB partnerships uniquely enable us to develop level 3 training, policy and procedure templates, vulnerability scanning, and ERP integration.

The CCB Advantage

The CCB is located at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and offers defense suppliers not only unparalleled access to powerful business and educational relationships, but also provides them with a comprehensive array of training resources and support they will find nowhere else.

We Help Participating Contractors

  • Identify critical gaps in current cybersecurity measures.
  • Learn how to make systemic improvements to a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.
  • Take advantage of UW-Whitewater’s outreach services and deep experience with learning technologies.
  • Align with Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Oshkosh Corporation to obtain CMMC compliance and certification.
  • Develop strong system security measures and corresponding plan of action.
  • Implement a robust cybersecurity platform both statewide and nationally.
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Self-Assessment Tool, Syte

Tackle your CMMC requirements head on with Syte by Tetra Defense. Process-designed, Syte is a robust web application built to help you simply and efficiently manage progress toward CMMC certification with your team, WISECURED & Prime Support. Users are empowered with Syte to efficiently achieve milestones, navigate complex incident response and digital forensics, and safely and securely prepare for the uncertainty of cybersecurity.

Syte For DoD CMMC

  • Level Up Quickly: Active management of progress towards CMMC Levels specific to your organization’s needs. Start with Level 1 – 17 Practices across 6 Domains
  • Stay On Task: A ‘Ready / Not Ready’ self-assessment approach to preparing for formal CMMC assessments, with features to help small teams stay on the same page
  • Real-Time Support & Guidance: On-demand written and video content within SYTE and via WISECURED, along with planned educational workshops

Key Terms

Seals For the DoD and the OLDCCThe U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) work together to advance the priorities of the National Defense Strategy by supporting the readiness and resiliency of military installations and defense communities across the country.

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