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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Assessment Preparation

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (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 by providing the cybersecurity education you need. Our CMMC compliance support 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 Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Compliance?

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 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 the award.

Which Companies Need CMMC Certification and Cybersecurity Education?

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 Minnesota and Iowa Companies Get With ProCircular’s CMMC Accreditation Preparation?

When you choose ProCircular for your CMMC accreditation preparation needs, you’ll partner with one of the most experienced leaders that provides cybersecurity education to companies across the Midwest. Our team offers a cost-effective approach to understanding and documenting the requirements you need for accreditation. Several primary components of our readiness preparation include:

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A comprehensive evaluation:

A gap analysis and evaluation of your organization’s CMMC compliance.

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Detailed insight:

A full report of compliance gaps and recommendations for remediation.

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CMMC accreditation preparation:

Workshops to walk you through closing the gaps and provide guidance toward achieving CMMC accreditation.

ProCircular’s CMMC Cybersecurity Accreditation Preparation 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 current position, your CMMC compliance 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 the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (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 Accreditation?

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. 

Our Experts Can Help You With CMMC Accreditation Preparation in Minnesota and Iowa

ProCircular’s registered practitioners are equipped to find the gaps in your Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance and give you recommendations and advice to close them. As CMMC readiness can take months and even years of preparation, contact our team at ProCircular for guidance by giving us a call at 844-95-SECUR or email us at sales@procircular.com.