How to Prepare to Meet New CMMC Regulations

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CMMC Getting Closer and Closer

The implementation of the CMMC has been delayed somewhat due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring lockdowns; however, the compliance deadline is fast approaching. Contractors and subcontractors who want to start or continue working with the DoD need to meet the appropriate standards to bid for desired contracts. By the end of the year, there should be provisional assessors, assessment guides, pilot programs, and the beginnings of an operating system to allow companies to obtain CMMC certification.
What does your firm need to do to prepare to pass a CMMC assessment? Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.

Check Your Hardware and Software

Companies that want to work with the Department of Defense won’t be able to use IT hardware or software made by Chinese companies for DoD projects. Bear in mind this doesn’t mean you can’t own hardware or software made by Huawei or ZTE; however, it does mean these programs and hardware can’t be used to store DoD information or for any DoD-related projects. You’ll also want to check your employees’ mobile devices if they use their devices for work purposes.

Begin Developing and Implementing Proper IT Policies and Procedures

Do you have IT rules and regulations governing IT cybersecurity, data storage, the use of personal devices for work purposes, etc.? If so, you’re off to a good start. However, you’ll need more than just rules and policies to meet CMMC requirements. You’ll need to show that your company adheres to these policies and procedures every single day.
Now maybe a good time to consider IT cybersecurity training for staff members. Training should cover selecting strong passwords, storing passwords, recognizing cyberattacks and addressing them appropriately, data management and storage, and protecting devices from loss or theft. IT managed service providers can provide the needed training and conduct regular employee testing to ensure all staff members are following your company guidelines.

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Keith Heilveil

In 1999 Advantage Industries was created to protect and promote our client’s success through the use of innovative technology. Our company is a full services technology firm that provides computer network support and solutions, managed services, cybersecurity, and custom application development for small and medium businesses in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.

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