Starting in 2017, the Department of Defense (DoD) required all of its subcontractors to complete a Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M) and System Security Plan (SSP) to assess their cybersecurity policies in accordance with the department’s NIST 800-171 standard. The standard has 110 controls that are audited by a third party to analyze a subcontractor’s cybersecurity stance.
By ensuring that defense subcontractors have the requisite levels of cybersecurity processes and practices in place, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which is an update of the standard, protects the controlled unclassified information (CUI), which is held or transmitted by the subcontractor’s systems.
From January 2020, the CMMC is an essential requirement for any organization that works as a contractor or subcontractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the DoD, contractors need to comply with NIST 800-171 and have to be audited by a third party per DFARS Clause 252.204-7012.
If your company is a prime or subcontractor in the defense sector, you must seek CMMC compliance to obtain DoD contracts. For this reason, ensuring that you meet the requirements needed for accreditation should be a top priority for your business. However, you need to plan how to acquire the necessary knowledge and allocate the resources you need for approval.
Advantage Industries will help your business meet existing CMMC certification requirements in the short term and draw up a plan to future-proof your company from long term changes in CMMC compliance requirements.
Because our experts understand the certification process’s tight timelines and challenges, Advantage Industries has pre-assessment procedures to help you understand the new requirements and prepare for third-party assessment of your cybersecurity. Our pre-assessment practice will walk you through all the control measures, so you can understand what certification assessors look for. They include:
No matter what your compliance requirement level, Advantage Industries CMMC Washington DC team will work with you to implement a cost-effective and repeatable cybersecurity strategy that will serve you for years. Our unique methodology helps decrease the complexity that many businesses associate with cybersecurity compliance. Do not lose out on lucrative DoD contracts. Talk to us today to ensure that you use your resources in the most effective way to attain CMMC compliance.