Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

U.S. Government’s Strategic Cybersecurity Initiatives

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The United States government and its agencies are actively engaged in strengthening cybersecurity across various sectors. Key agencies and initiatives actively contribute to the nation’s cybersecurity resilience and foster public-private collaboration.

First, the National Security Agency (NSA) is at the forefront of efforts to prevent and eliminate cyber threats to U.S. national security systems. The agency promotes public-private partnerships, emphasising collaboration between government entities and private-sector organisations. NSA’s commitment extends to cybersecurity education, research initiatives, and career-building to foster a skilled workforce capable of addressing evolving cyber challenges.

Further, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) oversees and addresses information security risks across the U.S. government. Designating information security as a high-risk area, GAO has issued over 4,000 recommendations to federal agencies. These recommendations are strategically aimed at addressing various cybersecurity challenges and enhancing the overall resilience of government IT systems. A particular emphasis is placed on safeguarding personally identifiable information (PII) and mitigating the increasing risks associated with IT systems.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also provides timely information on cyber trends and threats to individuals and organisations. CISA’s role extends to offering guidance on managing cyber risks, strengthening defences, and implementing preventive measures. The agency emphasises operational resilience, promoting cybersecurity best practices, and facilitating effective organisational management of external dependencies.

In supporting and enhancing cybersecurity strides, the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) has released a proposed rule for a 60-day public comment period regarding updates to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) programme. This initiative, aimed at ensuring the compliance of defence contractors and subcontractors with information protection requirements, particularly for federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI), has undergone revisions to address public concerns and streamline its requirements.

The proposed rule, available for comment on, introduces several critical changes to the CMMC programme. It is designed to address cybersecurity threats, including advanced persistent threats. The revised programme emphasises simplified compliance, prioritisation of Department of Defence (DoD) information protection, and enhanced collaboration between the DoD and industry to counter evolving cyber threats.

Among the notable revisions is that the CMMC programme now allows self-assessment for some requirements, offering a more streamlined compliance process. The focus on protecting DoD information has been prioritised, reinforcing the cooperation between the DoD and industry stakeholders. These updates align with the evolving cybersecurity landscape and aim to protect sensitive, unclassified information.

The CMMC programme introduces a tiered cybersecurity assessment approach, requiring evaluations at three levels. Basic safeguarding of FCI falls under CMMC Level 1, while the general protection of CUI necessitates assessment at CMMC Level 2. For a higher level of protection against advanced persistent threats, assessment at CMMC Level 3 is required. The proposed rule also introduces flexibility by allowing limited use of Plans of Action and Milestones and a government waiver request process.

To minimise industry costs, the DoD estimates that the overall programme costs will be reduced by permitting self-assessments for Level 1 and some Level 2 assessments. Furthermore, for Level 3 assessments, the DoD plans to engage assessors from the Defence Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Centre (DIBCAC).

The CMMC programme’s alignment with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publications 800-171 and 800-172 reinforces its adherence to established cybersecurity standards. As part of the comment period, the DoD also seeks feedback on eight CMMC guidance documents and additional information collections. The proposed rule and related documents are accessible at and

In the future, the DoD anticipates releasing a follow-on Defence Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule for CMMC in 2024, with modifications to the existing 48 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Rule to align with the 32 CFR rule for CMMC. More information on the timing of the proposed DFARS rule can be found at

The CMMC programme, now fully defined within the 32 CFR regulatory process, shows a significant step forward in enhancing the cybersecurity posture of defence contractors and subcontractors, contributing to national security and resilience against cyber threats. Stakeholders and the public are encouraged to participate in the comment period to provide valuable insights and feedback on the proposed revisions.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.