Improving DCMA'S Cybersecurity Awareness Training Program
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Rogue states and non-state actors have consistently launched cyber-attacks against Department of Defense DoD program offices, information systems, networks, and contractor facilities. In response to this, the DoD has made cybersecurity a requirement for all defense acquisition programs. Thus, according to the DoD, cybersecurity must be fully considered and implemented in all phases and aspects of a programs acquisition life cycle. To enforce this obligation on contracting organizations that do business with the DoD, Software Professionals SPs from the Defense Contract Management Agency DCMA have to be technically proficient to ascertain if the contractors performance and management systems are in accordance with DoDs cybersecurity requirements. This study will examine, under the FY 18 Air Force Space Command research priority, Cyber resilience, Cyber Assurance, and the Third Offset, how DCMA can assess the effectiveness of its Cybersecurity Awareness Training CAT and will provide recommendations on how to continually improve this training program. As a government agency, DCMA exists to ensure that defense contract requirements are correctly implemented by contractors. Consequently, by failing to address the current cybersecurity knowledge gap of DCMAs Software Professionals, this particular workforce will be unable to positively influence contractor performance, in this case, compliance with governmental cybersecurity requirements, which would ultimately result in mission failure for the Agency.