Since the launch of the C-SCRM Acquisition Community of Practice (ACoP), GSA and CISA have been co-leading an effort to broaden the level of awareness and develop agency maturity in the areas of acquisitions, supply chain risk management, and cybersecurity across the Federal Government for information communication technology and services (ICTS).
Many federal departments and agencies have limited C-SCRM capabilities, resources, governance, guidance, and training; especially in the acquisition of ICTS. We need governmentwide collaboration with industry and the sharing of ideas, tools, guidance, and best practices for C-SCRM as part of the acquisition of ICTS.
Many don’t see the acquisition workforce as a key component of agencies’ cybersecurity teams. But federal procurement professionals have unique opportunities, through contracting, to ensure the safety and security of the federal government’s ICTS, help strengthen cybersecurity across networks, and prevent incidents like Solarwinds from occurring.
To increase C-SCRM awareness and adoption government-wide, the C-SCRM ACoP launched an online collaborative space for the federal government’s IT community and industry to share best practices, ideas, guidance, tools, and expertise needed to implement C-SCRM requirements. Working together as a community and sharing information will help us improve our cybersecurity posture across all levels of government.
The C-SCRM ACoP has hosted key events such as the C-SCRM Shark Tank event in collaboration with the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) where industry experts showcased innovative C-SCRM solutions to a government panel. The C-SCRM ACoP also plans to conduct a survey of industry to identify C-SCRM challenges and suggest best practices from industry’s perspective.
Additionally, the C-SCRM ACoP hosts monthly sessions open to federal employees and agency support staff. These sessions and events, held in collaboration with CISA, offer opportunities for knowledge sharing and cross collaboration focusing on supply chain risk awareness and advancements in cyber-acquisitions. Subject matter experts are ‘on hand’ not only providing information related to cybersecurity and acquisition integrity, but also best practices and lessons learned.
Joining the C-SCRM ACoP helps:
- Enhance the Federal Government’s cross-agency collaboration
- Identify agencies’ strengths and capabilities in leading strategic C-SCRM objectives
- Rapidly disseminate best business practices & outcomes
- Learn from other agencies
To join the C-SCRM ACoP, email us at C-SCRM_ACoP@gsa.gov.