What You Need to Know About CDM’s Latest Update
June 13, 2016 2 Comments
By Jenni Taylor, Contracts Programs Manager
immixGroup’s headquarters was a flurry of activity recently when we brought in tech companies to meet with contractors on the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program. It was our 4th CDM Speed Networking event, in support of CDM team leads, prime contractors and CDM providers and customers—something we organize every time the program is about to cross into a new phase.
We’ve had some updates since the event, with the most recent being a Request for Information (RFI) released this month that asks for industry input on Phase III capabilities and technologies. The RFI specifically wants to hear about secure orchestration, emerging data standards, and analytics tools to support timely detection and response to cyber events.
Our most recent such CDM Speed Networking event was held during the 2016 Q2 open season–CDM team leads and prime contractors and CDM providers added Tool Functional Area (TFA) 5, Category 1 (Bound-F) and 2 (Bound-E) tools to their respective catalog. immixGroup continues to work with our suppliers to review the RFI requirements and to complete updates to their current catalog, which includes phase I, II, and now III.
Companies should continuously review their current catalog for Phases 1 (TFA 1-4) and 2 (TFA 6-9) and always be working on their CDM bid packages for preparation for the next open modification period, which is currently active. That means more products in compliance with CDM security requirements and functional area requirements (Attachment N, N2, BOUND, and Phase III) will get added or updated to the program after vendors’ compliance and product validation against GSA Schedule 70 contract/GSA Advantage due diligence process, submission to our customer for reviews and approvals.
immixGroup is also working with cybersecurity suppliers to prepare for Phase 4, which received funding to focus on data protection. Officials are studying options with input from the Office of Management and Budget.
With so many moving parts to CDM, it’s clear how vital our CDM Speed Networking event and our immixGroup CDM programs team is to contractors and tech firms with potential solutions. If you missed the event, you can watch WJLA’s Government Matters recent segment.
Need help navigating CDM or meeting new partners? Reach out to immixGroup’s CDM team for guidance.