The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is a new, unified standard that ensures cybersecurity implementation for the defense industrial base (DIB). The DoD’s supply chain of more than 300,000 companies means that many companies must comply with the new standard.
Before the CMMC standard, DoD contractors were solely responsible for implementing, monitoring, and carrying out their technology’s security certification. Our experts ensure the integrity of sensitive information they transmitted or stored. Much of what is in the CMMC is in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The DFARS regulations have been effective since 2016, aimed at securing Controlled
A readiness check helps a contractor establish how prepared they are for a compliance audit by isolating immediate concern areas. We recommend that companies base the review on NIST 800-171 because it is the minimum requirement for CMMC Level 3. After completing a gap analysis, its results will help the contractor to establish its CMMC compliance level.
The analysis should cover:
Many contractors aim to gain Level 4 or 5 CMMC compliance, and a big part of that is the ability to report on how well they identify and respond to cyber threats. We recommend that contractors leverage the Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS). SOCaaS is a managed service that offers contractors a suite containing security incident reporting, threat intelligence, and continuous data analysis. The managed Security Operations Center (SOC) has a managed cloud application Security Information and Event Management, an indicator of compromise alerts, countermeasures recommendations, and SIEM tuning.
With SOCaaS, an organization can quickly achieve a high level of CMMC compliance, making it vital for any company that needs to work on DoD contracts.
A System Security Plan (SSP) is necessary to document all the security protocols that a contractor has in place for storage and transmission of CUI, and is a prerequisite for CMMC compliance. If a business does not have an SSP in place, they should get one and seek expert help if they are unsure where to start.
There is new information that continually emerges concerning CMMC compliance and its associated timeline. A contractor needs to stay up-to-date with all the latest news immediately it is available. To keep tabs on the newest info, contractors should follow the data published by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment.
Many small and mid-sized organizations wonder how they could pay for the necessary cybersecurity upgrades necessary for CMMC compliance. Depending on the level of cybersecurity maturity they need, they could need to make a significant investment to ensure that they gain and maintain CMMC compliance. The DoD contractor’s readiness to meet compliance requirements will establish if they win or lose DoD projects moving forward. Advantage IT helps businesses put security protocols in place and offer third-party assessments to ensure companies remain compliant. Talk to Advantage IT if you are a defense contractor that requires CMMC compliance assistance.