CMMC Readiness Assessment

Preparing for a Secure Future

Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs) need to demonstrate to a C3PAO that their IT environment is secure. Ensure Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification success with sophisticated audit preparation from a reliable RPO.

CMMC Readiness Assessment Objectives

We understand that many smaller businesses struggle to navigate the complexities of NIST 800-171. Our CMMC readiness assessment provides sophisticated implementation services that align with the framework’s processes – ensuring the proper handling of DoD contract data (FCI, CUI, ITAR, etc.) for a secure future.

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Review

Our Registered Practitioners review your documentation and environment.

We perform a detailed analysis of your network and compare it against the security controls required by NIST 800-171.

  • Information system design and development
  • Previous audits and gap analysis
  • Security policies and procedures
  • System security requirements
  • Network security configuration
  • Risk management
  • Incident response

Identify Gaps

Our knowledgeable CMMC experts identify gaps in your environment.

We note the gaps discovered in your environment and processes to ensure they are remediated. These could be gaps in security controls, non-compliance with required practices, or other vulnerabilities that could potentially lead to security breaches.

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Preparation

We help you map out your evidence of your path toward compliance with the DoD.

We assist your organization in developing System Security Plans (SSPs) and Plan-of-Action & Milestones (POA&Ms).

  • Create a comprehensive SSP that outlines your organization’s security controls in place to protect sensitive information and systems, including system boundaries, architecture, security controls, policies, procedures, personnel responsibilities, etc.
  • Create a comprehensive POA&M that outlines the steps your organization will take to address and mitigate the security weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and deficiencies our RPs identify.

Remediation

Our RPs provide recommendations for remediation to ensure compliance.

We address any items requiring action to align your organization with the necessary standards. You will receive immediate feedback and guidance throughout the process to ensure you meet CMMC requirements.

  • Provide recommendations on how to prioritize the identified weaknesses based on their potential impact on security and compliance.
  • Reassess your organization to validate that the weaknesses and deficiencies have been successfully addressed.
  • Provide updates to your SSP and POA&M to reflect the changes made to improve your organization’s security posture.
  • Provide services designed to establish and continuously enhance CMMC compliance.
  • Provide expert architecture and technical project implementation support to facilitate quick and effective remediation activities.
  • Provide fractional vCISO support to maintain compliance with CMMC – since adherence is an ongoing obligation and not a singular task.
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Empower your company with CMMC knowledge. This guide covers the process, benefits, maturity levels, and how to prepare for your CMMC audit.

Use the pre-assessment compliance checklist to ensure your organization is ready to complete your C3PAO assessment.

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

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IT Gap Analysis FAQs

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) certification framework. It ensures that private sector defense contractors and subcontractors meet cybersecurity standards that protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

A CMMC assessment is conducted before an audit by a C3PAO because it serves as an estimation tool to identify where you are on the maturity scale of the framework. An evaluation is essential because your entire system must be up to date with the latest, most secure practices and controls that the CMMC audit verifies. Preparing with an assessment can help you pass the C3PAO audit successfully.

Level 1 assessments require that organizations use basic cyber hygiene practices to ensure the security of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The Level 1 criteria include implementing 15 security requirements related to: 

  • Identity management and authentication 
  • System and communication protection 
  • Access control
  • Incident response 
  • Media protection 

 

It also includes identifying cybersecurity roles and responsibilities, security awareness training, and incident reporting. Organizations must develop basic information assurance processes to control their data, measure performance, and address identified vulnerabilities. The requirements mandate that organizations employ encryption, cryptography, identity management, authentication standards, and media protection. 

Level 1 assessments help organizations protect FCI and CUI while protecting their confidentiality, integrity, and availability. 

Level 2 is a cyber security assessment designed to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in contractors’ information systems.

This level requires organizations to identify, control access to, and monitor the use of CUI. The assessment comprises 110 cybersecurity practices, split into 17 domains and 109 process activities. These activities are the specific requirements that organizations need to meet to pass the level 2 audit.

These include implementing processes for access control, system and communications protection, identifying and protecting CUI, managing information security risks following DoD standards, and many others.

The process for the assessment includes the following:

  • Determining the requirements of the level 2 audit.
  • Mapping the organization’s existing processes and activities to the security requirements.
  • Demonstrating to auditors that appropriate controls are in place to protect CUI. 

 

System Security Plan (SSP) is a document required for all DoD contractors who must meet the requirements of the CMMC 2.0. The SSP outlines the security measures, plans, and policies that the organization has put in place to protect CUI.

A Plan-of-Action & Milestones (PO&AM) is a document that outlines the steps needed to achieve a goal, detailing the tasks that need to be completed, the time frame for completing each task, and the resources and personnel required to complete it.

The PO&AM can help break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps and ensure that progress is being made toward the goal in an organized and efficient manner. It serves as a tool for evaluating progress, helping to identify potential pitfalls, and taking corrective action as needed. What are the challenges of a co-managed IT environment?

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Advanced CMMC Guide and Compliance Checklist

The Defense Supply Chain (DSC) faces a rising risk of cyber threats from state and non-state actors. In response, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment developed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This model provides a standardized set of cybersecurity protocols and a review process to ensure compliance.

Make the process easier with knowledge from a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) that has helped countless businesses remain secure and compliant.

Downloading this guide will give you access to: 

The purpose of CMMC

Benefits of CMMC compliance

An overview of the process

CMMC maturity levels

A pre-assessment compliance checklist

How to prepare for your CMMC audit

How Managed IT Services Help DoD Contractors

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