Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Assessment Preparation
CMMC readiness requires security controls to be implemented across all areas of your organization. ProCircular’s registered practitioners can help you prepare for CMMC accreditation. Our experts give you real-talk and actionable direction to meet your compliance goals. Working with ProCircular gives you access to our deep bench of cybersecurity professionals, including offensive and defensive cybersecurity engineers and incident response specialists.
What is CMMC?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the regulatory standard that ensures United States’ Department of Defense (DoD) contractors have adequate information security controls implemented. When DoD partners with outside contractors, sensitive defense data gets stored on those vendors’ computers and servers.
Government networks tend to be heavily defended, but their vendors might be less secure, and cybercriminals are aware of that. Contractors are softer targets with access to government networks or sensitive government data. Every year, the DoD loses an estimated $60 billion worth of data to our adversaries. CMMC requires all DoD contractors to complete a third-party assessment of their CMMC compliance. CMMC assesses an organization’s cybersecurity practices as well as their maturity processes.
What is CMMC compliance?
The CMMC uses five certification levels to reflect an organization’s ability to handle sensitive information securely. These levels span from basic cyber hygiene to standardized and optimized processes throughout the organization. While CMMC will become the minimum requirement for all DoD contractors, it does not indicate a complete cybersecurity program. The CMMC’s structure encourages contractors to reveal gaps, continually develop their internal cybersecurity culture, and prepare to face evolving threats.
Who needs CMMC certification?
As of right now, only a handful of large companies are required to be compliant with cybersecurity maturity model certification. The DoD shared the first version of CMMC in January of 2020, and they are rolling it out to their contractors in a phased approach. Over the next five years, CMMC compliance mandates will trickle down and eventually be required for any use of federal contract information (FCI) or controlled unclassified information (CUI). Once implemented, all requests for information (RFIs) or requests for proposals (RFPs) will require compliance with CMMC at the time of award.
What do I get?
ProCircular’s CMMC Cybersecurity Solution
ProCircular’s registered practitioners will perform a gap analysis and work with you to navigate CMMC compliance across your organization. We learn about your organization’s compliance requirement, types of data used, and other factors that might impact your certification preparation. Next, they will meet with key members of your organization to verify the existence and quality of your security controls and maturity processes.
Once we have a full picture of your CMMC compliance, your consultant will compile a full report of compliance gaps and recommendations for remediation. Although organizations may be a few years away from mandatory compliance, preparation with an outside consultant can begin immediately. ProCircular will help you recognize your compliance gaps and find ways to close them. Our consultants start with a CMMC gap analysis, then conduct workshops to walk you through closing the gaps and provide guidance toward achieving CMMC accreditation.
What are CMMC requirements?
CMMC’s progressive model breaks down advancing levels of cybersecurity processes and procedures to show the existence and enforcement of controls within the environment. Unlike DFARS, which used 110 controls to determine all-or-nothing compliance, CMMC requires one of five maturity levels based on the types of data the organization uses and the most critical risks.
The following graphic shows the 17 domains that are evaluated to meet level three CMMC compliance:
How can I prepare for CMMC?
A key aspect of the CMMC standard is that it requires a demonstrated history of maintaining security controls. This means that organizations needing to be certified in 2022 or 2023 must begin implementing and documenting controls right now. The goal of CMMC assessment is to show that you have a long-standing policy and procedure and that you actually follow those expectations.
For example, you may think that you have a change management policy. As you prepare for CMMC, you will need to provide two sources of evidence that the control has been followed, such as notes from regular change management meetings. CMMC compliance indicates that information security is embedded into your company culture.
ProCircular’s registered practitioners can help you prepare for CMMC assessment and accreditation. Our experts give you real-talk and actionable direction to meet your compliance goals. CMMC readiness requires security controls to be implemented across all areas of your compliance goals. Working with ProCircular gives you access to our deep bench of cybersecurity professionals, including offensive and defensive cybersecurity engineers and incident response specialists.
Work With ProCircular to Prepare for CMMC Compliance
ProCircular’s registered practitioners are equipped to find the gaps in your CMMC compliance and give you the recommendations and advice to close them. CMMC readiness takes months to years of preparation.