CMMC Certification Is Coming. Are You Ready?
Cybercrime could cost the world up to $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. Already, we know that will reach across most sectors, including federal contracting and national defense.
To verify the cybersecurity of its supply chain, in 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) launched the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. It’s currently being rolled out and will be fully implemented by 2025. CMMC will ultimately be a DoD contractual requirement and a condition for award.
What Is CMMC?
On November 30, 2020, the DoD started rolling out a requirement that its contractors (primary or subcontractor) be certified by an independent Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO). Certification provides the DoD with the assurance that a contractor can be trusted to store Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI).
The certification encompasses five maturity levels ranging from “basic” to “advanced.” CMMC compliance must be reassessed every three years.
Who Needs to Be Certified?
CMMC impacts more than 350,000 U.S. organizations in the Defense Industry Base (DIB). Approximately 74 percent of DoD contractors are small businesses.
Get Help With CMMC
How can impacted businesses like yours get started on their CMMS compliance journey? First, it’s time to shore up your defenses. Let us help you get ready for the certification process. We can work with your business to assess your risk and put into place a solid cybersecurity program that will meet your needs and help you achieve compliance when it’s time for your C3PAO assessment. We can provide:
- Advisory services
- Gap assessment, analysis and remediation
- Tool consolidation, minimization of threat landscape and reduction of the total cost of security operation
- Managed cybersecurity services
What are you waiting for? Start planning now to set your business on the right track — toward compliance.
CMMC certification is coming sooner than you realize and will become a prerequisite for a DoD contract award. CMMC requires an evaluation of the contractor’s technical security controls, documentation, policies and processes to ensure security and resiliency. Can you be sure that your business is ready for that kind of scrutiny on all of those levels? I didn’t think so. Let’s start a conversation now before it’s too late.