CMMC Compliance – The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Standard
We have years of experience helping Federal contractors throughout all industries obtain their compliance with necessary cybersecurity controls, such as those specified in the Cybersecurity Model Maturity Certification (CMMC) model. As a DoD contractor, we have the experience to help your organization meet your compliance requirements as well as prepare your organization for a certification process, or even advise on how to reduce the impact of the requirements.
What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?
CMMC 2.0 is a requirement the DOD created to implement a tiered approach for contractor compliance in cybersecurity. It stems from the NIST SP 800-171 (“NIST-171”) standard, but instead uses three different levels of metrics. DOD contractors have been required to meet NIST-171 since Jan 1, 2018, but many chose to implement only a few controls via the allowed use, and sometimes abuse, of a Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M) which allows organizations to state they are ‘working on it’ and will close their gaps ‘in the future.’
The CMMC standard starts with a similar set of security controls, as defined in this CMMC model document. However, due to the low rate of 100% NIST-171 controls implementations, the CMMC standard will require the majority of contractors receiving, creating, and handling CUI to pass a third-party assessment from a C3PAO (CMMC Third Party Assessor Organization) prior to receiving new contract awards with the CMMC requirement. Contractors that only handle, create, or process Federal Contractor Information (FCI), along with a subset of contractors dealing with CUI that is not considered of National Security importance, can self-assess to their Maturity Level 1 or Maturity Level 2 compliance.
Additionally, CMMC does add a few controls beyond the NIST-171 standard, and most of those are based on existing NIST 800-53 controls.
Why should my Organization care about the CMMC?
CMMC is a mandatory requirement. You will not be awarded a DOD contract with this requirement without achieving the correct certification level. It is anticipated that by Oct 1, 2025, ALL DOD Contracts will require a contractor to be certified at CMMC Level 1-3, depending on the contract requirement. Again, without this certification, contractors will NOT be allowed to be awarded new contracts. Additionally, with the changes implemented in CMMC 2.0 and the upcoming rule changes to DFARS, it is possible that even existing contracts will have the CMMC requirement flowed down to them, thus jeopardizing existing contracts at that time.
What are the challenges of obtaining CMMC accreditation?
The challenge for most organizations required to comply with these requirements is mostly the risk associated with incorrectly interpreting or implementing practices, which cause the contractor to fail their assessment. There is an increasingly difficult level of practices and processes in each higher tier of the CMMC:
- CMMC Level 1: 17 Practices
- CMMC Level 2: 110 Practices (includes Level 1 practices)
- CMMC Level 3: 110+ Practices (includes Levels 1-2 practices)
How can Sentar Help?
As a certified C3PAO, our experts have helped dozens of federal contractors meet their compliance requirements. Every Sentar GRC client that has been assessed for their compliance has passed without exception. If you want to be certain your organization is compliant, contact us today. In most cases, we can analyze and provide a complete understanding of your compliance maturity posture, as well as support your remediation efforts along the way.
Currently, the best a contractor can do to prepare for an upcoming CMMC assessment is two-fold:
- Implement AND document 100% of the NIST-171 controls. We can quickly and cost-efficiently perform this service for you, including all documentation during our NIST-171 Compliance Solution.
- Have us conduct a CMMC Pre-Assessment Gap Assessment Solution and purchase our CMMC Documentation set, which includes free customization support for six months.
The cost of your CMMC assessment will be reduced with proper, easy-to-review documentation. During any assessment, time = costs.
CMMC Overview and Assessment Solutions
CMMC Gap Assessment Solution
Sentar is actively performing CMMC Gap Assessments. Our team can conduct a CMMC Gap Assessment now to help your organization understand what effort remains in implementing the new or modified Cybersecurity controls as required in Levels 1 – 3 to prepare for implementation prior to your official accreditation assessment.
CMMC Consulting Solutions
Our cybersecurity consultants can help you determine the best solutions for the least impact to your processes, personnel, and budgets that you can use to address your CMMC gaps. Additionally, we can help perform the implementation of those solutions, modifications to existing security infrastructure, and more. If you need help meeting CMMC compliance requirements, contact us by clicking here.
As in any assessment, if it isn’t documented, it doesn’t exist. The same is true about the CMMC. Sentar’s CMMC Documentation sets far exceed mere templates. Experienced Sentar subject matter experts have developed completely defined documentation with appropriate settings for small, medium, and complex environments that is easily further customized by your organization. When you purchase our documentation set, your IT staff can quickly get to work implementing and modifying settings to match the documentation. Or, if they would prefer a slightly different configuration or setting, they can send our team the desired change and we’ll confirm if that change meets the requirements. Your organization has six months of free customization support, which ensures you end up with customized processes and procedures that fit your organization without the tens of thousands of dollars required by other organizations to custom them.
C3PAO Assessment Solutions
The Cyber-AB has established the CMMC Marketplace to provide a list of authorized CMMC Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs), with Sentar listed as the 17th Authorized C3PAO. Our Certified CMMC Professionals can provide formal assessments for Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs).
- The DoD has provided incentives to organizations who wish to participate in an early voluntary assessment program to become CMMC Certified.
- Voluntary Certified CMMC Assessments are starting in as soon as August 2022 and are limited in availability. Talk to Sentar if you are interested in getting in the queue.
- Required CMMC Certification Assessments are likely to be required on New and Re-competed Proposals as soon as May 2023. Wondering if your company is compliant? Give us a call.