Here in Georgia the tech and cyber security industries are thriving – and home to 4,000 contractors who do business with the Department of Defense (DoD). A November 30 interim rule change has recently put a spotlight on NIST 800-171 compliance and outlined further CMMC framework. The interim rule highlights the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework and requires NIST assessments to be completed and submitted to the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS). All of this progress is intended to hold suppliers accountable for their cybersecurity practices before they can bid for government contracts.

Defense contracting is a $7.3 billion industry in Georgia. NIST 800-171 provides crucial framework for compliance with CMMC standards. To help contractors get started on the CMMC journey, the Georgia Defense Industrial Base Task Force – a partnership of the Department of Economic Development and the Technology Association of Georgia – will present a series of conversations with industry experts on November 19th. The conversations will be introduced by Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (OUSDA) for the Department of Defense (DoD) from the DoD. Register for the event at:

Find more resources via the GDEcD site: You can learn more about the task force at the Technology Association of Georgia’s website: For additional support, please contact Cassia Baker, Project Manager, GA Centers of Innovation at: