Pioneering Aviation Company Demonstrates Proactive Commitment to Forthcoming CMMC Requirements

Nashville, TN (February 28, 2024) – Redspin, a division of cybersecurity and managed cloud services firm Clearwater, and the leader in Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) services for the defense industrial base (DIB), today announced the successful completion of the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment (JSVA) by its client, Phoenix Air Group, Inc. (Phoenix Air). Phoenix Air is a pioneering aviation company operating around the world for commercial and government clients providing passenger, cargo, and air ambulance transportation services. The JSVA, conducted by Redspin, jointly with the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC), concluded with a flawless score of 110, earning Phoenix Air a DIBCAC High certificate, which is expected to convert to a CMMC Level 2 certification once the rule is effective.

The JSVA, an early adopter evaluation option preceding the finalization of CMMC rulemaking, allows organizations that have DoD contracts to undergo voluntary assessments conducted jointly by Certified 3rd Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs), such as Redspin, and the DIBCAC. The JSVA Program is available until the DoD finalizes its CMMC rulemaking which is expected later this year.

The JSVA is a critical step in Phoenix Air’s strategy in demonstrating that as a DIB contractor, it has the cybersecurity maturity required to be a trusted partner to the DoD. Redspin, leveraging its proficiency in conducting comprehensive JSVAs that align with anticipated CMMC requirements, meticulously evaluated Phoenix Air’s implementation of NIST 800-171 r2 across various domains, including technical, physical, and administrative elements.

The completion of the JSVA with a 110 score and no plan of action and milestones (POA&Ms) positions Phoenix Air for early CMMC certification and exemplifies its leadership in both technology and security. Dent Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Phoenix Air expressed pride in the company’s dedication to safeguarding sensitive information, saying, “This achievement underscores our unwavering commitment to protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and reinforces our readiness to meet evolving regulatory requirements head-on.”

During its November 2023 Town Hall meeting, the Cyber Accreditation Body (The Cyber AB) reported that out of the 150 companies that applied for a JSVA, only 22 have completed the process up to that point. Of note, Redspin has conducted 10 of the fully completed 22 assessments.

For the press release, click on the button below.

Go to Redspin Press Release

by Thomas Pallini April, 2020

During the Ebola crisis, one Gulfstream jet was tasked with over 40 lifesaving missions as it traveled to and from hotspots in Africa bringing those infected with the deadly illness to hospitals in the US.

The “Ebola plane” or “Ebola Gray,” as it came to be known, became the go-to mode of transportation for the US Centers for Disease Control and US State Department for medical evacuations as it featured an onboard isolation and containment chamber necessary for the safe transport of afflicted patients.

Now, the modified air ambulance is taking on a new role as the “COVID-19 plane.”

With Ebola largely mitigated and the novel coronavirus pandemic in full swing, the battleship grey-painted Gulfstream is flying missions once again, this time to bring American citizens infected with COVID-19 back home to be treated.

Take a look inside the plane that the CDC and State Department turn to when a US citizen with an infectious disease needs to get home.

For the article, click on the button below.

Go to Business Insider

Posted Saturday, April 18, 2020

Flight and medical crews from Phoenix Air Group took part in what U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo called “one of the most complex medical evacuations in history.”

Last month, a cadre of highly skilled pilots, medical staff members and trip planners with the Cartersville-based aviation company successfully completed an 8,000-mile air ambulance mission to bring a critically ill American, stricken with the COVID-19 virus, out of Bhutan and into an intensive care unit in Baltimore.

Dent Thompson, senior vice president and chief operations officer with Phoenix Air, said Pompeo told reporters at a March 31 press briefing about activities that the U.S. State Department had undertaken that month.

“Top of his agenda was the State Department’s efforts to bring Americans home from around the world in the face of the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

For the article, click on the button below.

Go to The Daily Tribune