The Importance of CMMC Compliance
A new cybersecurity certification requirement has recently taken effect that will impact the many different types of businesses that work on Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. This certification is called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification or CMMC.
What is CMMC?
In a comprehensive effort to improve the overall security and resiliency of companies working under U.S. military contracts, the DoD launched version 1.0 of the CMMC in January 2020. The CMMC was formulated using well-regarded security frameworks and standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Resilience Management Model (RMM) version 1.2. Through its comprehensive design, the CMMC represents a unified cybersecurity standard that all current and potential companies working with the DoD will have to meet. Its main goal is to ensure that there are appropriate levels of cybersecurity controls and processes in place to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) on DoD contractor networks.
The Five Maturity Levels of CMMC Certification
The CMMC has organized cybersecurity practices and processes into five cumulative maturity levels that range from a minimum basic cyber hygiene at Level 1 to advanced security operations at Level 5. These five levels represent the state of an organization’s cybersecurity infrastructure and controls and their capabilities for protecting intellectual property and sensitive government information. DoD contracts involving more sensitive information and potential security vulnerabilities will require that their contractors possess a higher level of CMMC certification.
Successful Completion of CMMC Audit Required to Work on DoD Contracts
One important CMMC compliance requirement is that companies will need to pass an official CMMC Audit by a certified third-party assessor organization known as a C3PAO. Network Depot can help you meet this challenge.
Network Depot is a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) certified by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) that will help your company as follows:
- Prepare your company for the CMMC audit process by comprehensively assessing your current network security state.
- Recommend and implement remediation steps to pass an audit for your CMMC Maturity Level. Our primary goal is for your company to get CMMC-certified on the first attempt.
- Monitor and maintain your company’s security processes to stay compliant after CMMC Certification.
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