What Is CMMC?
CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is a system of compliance levels that helps the government, specifically the Department of Defense, determine whether an organization has the security necessary to work with controlled or otherwise vulnerable data. Companies that are interested in working with the DoD or already are, will need to be CMMC rated and follow specific CMMC regulations. Generally, this is done by building and following a CMMC framework and using CMMC best practices.
Let’s take a detailed look at CMMC compliance, who needs it, and where your organization might fall.
What Is The Significance of CMMC?
The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) is the target of more frequent and complex cyberattacks. Any cyber attack leading to the loss of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) from the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) poses a significant risk to national security. CMMC is designed to enforce the protection of sensitive unclassified information that is shared by the Department with its contractors and subcontractors. The program provides the Department increased assurance that contractors and subcontractors are meeting the cybersecurity requirements that apply to acquisition programs and systems that process controlled unclassified information.
Who Needs CMMC Compliance?
CMMC certification is required by organizations operating with DoD information. CMMC is required of any individual in the DOD supply chain, including contractors who interact exclusively with the Department of Defense and any and all subcontractors. According to the DOD, the CMMC requirements will affect over 300,000 organizations.
If the organization is operating with non-classified DoD information, it may only need a Level 3 clearance or below. If the organization is operating with high-value information, it will likely need a clearance of Level 4 or higher. However, classifications are set by the project.
How Do You Become CMMC Compliant?
Companies are not allowed to self-certify for the CMMC. Rather, government contractors and those who work with government entities will need to go through a third-party certification process. This third party will audit their current security measures and methods and identify what level of maturity and preparedness they meet.
Because CMMC certification cannot be self-certified and requires a third-party analysis, most companies will undergo a thorough audit before they attempt to certify. A managed services provider can help a company go through the CMMC framework, determine whether there are improvements that could realistically be made and organize the certification process itself. Once the certification process has been completed, a managed services provider can also create a game plan for improving the level of certification – if needed.
As requirements have recently been changed, CMMC certification is one of the most popular types of security certification for a company to pursue. With CMMC certification, the company will be able to pursue government contracts and deal with privileged information.
How Excedeo Can Help You With CMMC Compliance
Are you interested in finding out whether your business meets CMMC compliance? Do you need some help with CMMC regulations or conducting a CMMC audit? Contact Excedeo today to find out how we can help with your CMMC compliance.
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