CMMC 2.0 Compliance: Preparing for Certification

With cybercrime projected to cause global losses of up to $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, industries like federal contracting and national defense face unprecedented risks. To fortify the security of its supply chain, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) introduced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Now, with the introduction of CMMC 2.0, this framework has undergone enhancements to adapt to evolving threats and ensure the resilience of defense contractors.

What Is CMMC 2.0?

CMMC 2.0 represents the next iteration of the CMMC cybersecurity model, streamlining requirements to three increasingly progressive levels, as opposed to the five levels in CMMC 1.0. This simplification aims to make compliance more accessible while maintaining robust security standards. Notably, CMMC 2.0 aligns the requirements at each level with well-known and widely accepted NIST cybersecurity standards, ensuring a cohesive and comprehensive approach to cybersecurity across the defense supply chain.

How Does My Organization Get CMMC 2.0 Certified?

Under CMMC 2.0, the certification process remains crucial for DoD contractors, marking a significant shift in cybersecurity requirements. Central to this evolution is the role of Certified Third-Party Assessor Organizations (C3PAOs), tasked with evaluating contractors’ adherence to stringent security standards. These assessments aim to guarantee the secure handling of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI). Contractors must attain one of three maturity levels, each corresponding to a specific level of cybersecurity readiness, and renew their certification every three years to maintain compliance with CMMC 2.0 regulations.

Who Needs to Be Certified?

The scope of CMMC assessments extends across the U.S. Defense Industry Base (DIB), impacting over 350,000 organizations, including a substantial portion of small businesses. With approximately 74 percent of DoD contractors falling into this category, the imperative for compliance is clear.

Get Help With CMMC

Preparing for CMMC 2.0 requires a proactive approach. As businesses embark on their compliance journey, it’s essential to bolster their cybersecurity defenses. Our services are tailored to guide organizations through the complexities of CMMC 2.0 compliance, ensuring readiness for the rigorous C3PAO assessments. Here’s how we can assist:

Advisory Services

Receive expert guidance on navigating the intricacies of CMMC 2.0 requirements and developing a comprehensive compliance strategy.

Gap Assessment, Analysis, and Remediation

Identify and address gaps in security controls, documentation, and processes to align with CMMC 2.0 standards.

Tool Consolidation and Threat Minimization

Streamline security operations and reduce the threat landscape through effective tool consolidation, minimizing costs while maximizing security posture.

Training

Equip your workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and maintain robust cybersecurity practices in line with CMMC 2.0.

Managed Cybersecurity Services

Partner with the AISN team for ongoing support and monitoring, ensuring continuous compliance with evolving CMMC 2.0 requirements.

Begin Your CMMC Compliance Journey Today!

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Prepare your business for CMMC 2.0 certification now to stay ahead of the curve and secure DoD contracts. Our team is ready to help you navigate the complexities of CMMC 2.0 and position your organization for success in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Begin your journey toward compliance and cybersecurity resilience with a free consultation. Get a quote from us now.


Cole McAndrew is AIS Network’s Information Security Officer.