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The rollout of CMMC requirements isn’t slowing down. To remain competitive, government contractors must begin looking at their cybersecurity infrastructure now to assess how they can become compliant.

What is CMMC?

The Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment has released a unified cybersecurity framework for DoD acquisitions, the Cybersecurity Maturity Management Certification (CMMC). This framework builds upon existing direction set in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171 (NIST 800-171), “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations” and the Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulation Supplement (DFARS), by adding additional focus on processes and policy.

The DoD released CMMC v1.0 in January 2020. The certification adds a third-party party verification system, eliminating the ability for organizations to self-certify compliance. DoD also recognizes that there is a cost associated with maintaining proper cybersecurity and as part of CMMC will allow contractors to include their cybersecurity expenses as an allowable cost in their contracts.

CMMC has five levels, that range from Level 1: Basic Cyber Hygiene to Level 5: Advanced. The level achieved by the contractor will determine contract eligibility. Most small companies that only handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) will only need Level 1 certification, but any company that handles Controlled Unclassified Information will need at least Level 3. DoD expects that organizations that currently meet the DFARS requirements will be able to qualify for Level 3 with relative ease. However, based on government research, most organizations that self-certify overestimate their compliance and have work to do now to be ready for third-party verification.

CMMC measures an organization’s cybersecurity maturity according to five levels, each aligned with a set of processes and practices organized into a set of 17 capability domains. (Image courtesy of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisitions & Sustainment))

CMMC levels align with the following focus:

  • Level 1: Basic safeguarding of Federal Contracting Information (FCI)
  • Level 2: Transition step to protect CUI
  • Level 3: Protecting CUI
  • Level 4-5: Protecting CUI and reducing risk of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)

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The rollout of CMMC requirements isn’t slowing down. To remain competitive, government contractors must begin looking at their cybersecurity infrastructure now to assess how they can become compliant.

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Ardalyst CMMC Services

Executive Education & Readiness
We’ll help you mature your cybersecurity leadership by explaining the decisions you need to make, the processes you need to manage, and the metrics you need to monitor to achieve compliance and lead your organization through a cyber incident. You can go beyond delegation to your CISO or IT team and make the right calls.

Advanced Platforms
We’ll make sure you are secured and defended using best-in-class software from Microsoft, FireEye and others; backed by the world-famous Mandiant response team.

Policies, Processes and Plans
We’ll help you fight by leveraging pre-developed policies, processes and plans that prepare your organization to tackle both CMMC audits and nation-state cyber threats.

Ardalyst Managed Services
We’ll enable you to extend your ability to govern, harden, and defend your environment through our team of experienced cyber operators and business application experts.

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