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Getting Ready for CMMC

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) recognized that security was foundational to acquisition and should not be traded along with cost, schedule, and performance. The Department committed to working with the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector to enhance the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within the supply chain.

The result was the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

  • The CMMC will review and combine various cybersecurity standards and best practices and map these controls and processes across several maturity levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced. For a given CMMC level, the associated controls and processes, when implemented, will reduce risk against a specific set of cyber threats.
  • The CMMC effort builds upon existing regulation (DFARS 252.204-7012) that is based on trust by adding a verification component with respect to cybersecurity requirements.
  • The goal is for CMMC to be cost-effective and affordable for small businesses to implement at the lower CMMC levels.
  • The intent is for certified independent 3rd party organizations to conduct audits and inform risk.

Ardalyst's Phased Approach to Maturity

Ardalyst wants to get you on the fast track to CMMC certification with a comprehensive solution that can easily mature as compliance requirements continue to evolve and at a cost you can manage.

We help you build a defendable and compliant platform that enables you to focus on what matters most – your business.

Trying to tackle all the requirements yourself with your in-house team can take valuable time away from your business operations and often comes with a hefty price tag. Internal initiatives for NIST 800-171 compliance typically take 12-18 months. Ardalyst works with you to align your business and cybersecurity strategy and get your organization compliant within 6-9 months.

We shape your cyber defense program into a cost-effective and long-term business solution that evolves with you.

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 Model 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 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 (CUI) will need at least Level 3. The DoD expects that organizations that currently meet 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 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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