Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

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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.

Ardalyst DIB Defender

A set of comprehensive, cost-effective solutions to achieving CMMC



Ensure your organization is doing the right things to develop and maintain up-to-date policies and procedures that help you maintain compliance with changing regulations.



Implement capabilities that reduce your vulnerabilities and make it difficult for the adversary to access and compromise your environment.


Leverage tools that increase your knowledge of threats and help your organization rapidly identify and respond to them.



Use system administration and helpdesk capabilities in a security-aware and compliant manner.


Migrate and develop applications on a modernized, protected environment that secures and streamlines your operations.


Migrate and develop applications on a modernized, protected environment that secures and streamlines your operations.

Free Live Webinar: Insights into CMMC

October 20th, 2 p.m.

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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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 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.

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)

From the Ardalyst Blog

Read the latest news regarding CMMC

CMMC – Pushing Forward and Poised to be “Very Exciting”

Several developments in the last couple of weeks have stood out as harbingers of the future – a future that involves the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

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The CMMC wave is coming ashore. Are you ready?

As reported in National Defense Magazine last week, the Defense Department anticipates that by next year 7,500 companies in its industrial base will hold certifications indicating they meet the new cybersecurity requirements laid out in the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

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C3PAO Registration Offers Industry the Option to Assist in CMMC Implementation

The CMMC Accreditation Body has opened new pages on their website to give information about registering as a C3PAO (Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization) and as an Assessor.

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Explore more blog posts about CMMC.

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