Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0
CMMC 2.0 Consultants
The DoD supply chain is undergoing a massive transformation with the rollout of CMMC 2.0. Organizations within the supply chain, including prime contractors and subcontractors, need to ensure they are compliant with the new requirements to remain competitive.
We understand that every organization is unique and at a different point in the process. Whether you need help with an assessment, documentation, or just some consulting on requirements, TestPros is your solution every step of the way.
As a Certified Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO), TestPros is authorized to independently assess your organization for CMMC certification.
If you want to keep doing business in the defense industry, the time to act is now. Keep reading to learn more.
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What is a CMMC consultant?
A CMMC consultant is an individual expert in the CMMC program that guides organizations through the certification process and helps them protect their data and IT systems. They also assist with implementing new policies, procedures, and technologies required to achieve compliance.
What is CMMC compliance?
CMMC compliance is a cybersecurity requirement put in place by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that any organization looking to do business with the DoD is taking appropriate measures to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
The CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and includes three incremental levels that measure the maturity of the organization’s security practices. In order to qualify for DoD contracts, an organization must achieve at least a level 1 certification and higher levels may be required depending on the specific contract.
Does my company need to be CMMC certified?
It depends on your company’s specific services and activities, as well as any existing DOD contracts or work related to projects involving sensitive government data. Generally speaking, if your company handles or stores such data, you will likely need to be CMMC certified.
New Changes in 2.0
Key changes include:
- CMMC 2.0 consists of three levels, instead of five
- Reduced requirements for Level 2 to now align with NIST SP 800-171
Plan of Actions & Milestones (POAMS) allowed in limited use
Goals from CMMC 2.0:
- Protect sensitive data, including Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and US Federal Contract Information (FCI)
- Address changing threats by progressively improving the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) cybersecurity.
- Increase responsibility while lowering obstacles to complying with DoD supply chain requirements
What are the requirements?
In the latest framework, your level is determined by the type of information your organization handles. According to the DoD, all companies in Level 1 can register self-assessments and affirmations in the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS). Those that fall under Level 2 likely require a third-party audit, while Level 3 organizations require a government-official (DoD) assessment.
Level 1 - Foundational
This certification level is for vendors managing less critical information (FCI only). An annual self-assessment is required in Level 1, which consists of 17 security controls based on FAR 52.204-21. Keep in mind, at this level you can be audited at anytime. Seeking outside help is a wise decision.
Level 2 - Advanced
Level 2 includes businesses that manage controlled unclassified information (CUI). This advanced level covers 110 security controls specified in the NIST SP 800-171 standard.
Organizations that manage information considered critical to national security are required to undergo a third-party assessment. Once awarded, certification lasts for three years. However, those who submit self-assessments are required to do so annually.
Level 3 - Expert
This level, which builds on Level 2 and is regarded as an expert level for the highest priority DoD suppliers, adding a portion, if not all of NIST SP 800-172 controls. For businesses at this level, the federal government (DoD) will carry out audits.
3 Steps to Certification
Interpreting compliance standards can be challenging. We will guide you through the procedure so that you may meet CMMC compliance criteria. You will know exactly where you stand and what gaps must be filled to pass your third-party audit.
Planning for Remediation and Preparing for Audits
This stage outlines how you will install the missing security measures after having the findings of your gap analysis in hand. The procedures will incorporate both technical and non-technical controls. This includes the necessary documentation required. Then we will conduct a pre-assessment to ensure you’re prepared for the final certification audit by a C3PAO (TestPros).
Ongoing Management of Cyber Security
As soon as you achieve CMMC compliance, you must manage your installed controls. Many businesses outsource security even if they have an internal IT staff. It’s the most effective way to bring in all the knowledge, skills, and technologies required for advanced security.
- A thorough readiness assessment report with concise and understandable suggestions
- A top-down assessment and gap analysis of your firm’s cybersecurity posture
- Identification of the CMMC scope to assist your registered provider organization with CMMC rules
Who can do a CMMC audit?
A CMMC audit can only be conducted by a qualified third-party assessment organization (C3PAO) that is accredited by the DoD. C3PAOs are responsible for verifying and assessing a company’s compliance with the CMMC standards and requirements.
TestPros has been registered as a C3PAO by the CMMC-AB and is authorized to audit organizations for CMMC compliance.
TestPros Expert CMMC Planning & Consulting Services
Compliance takes time and money. Some companies might fear how much it will cost to develop an effective compliance program. We can lift this weight off your shoulders.
TestPros offers a “real-world” concrete benefit. We bring your organization into documented CMMC compliance. And also protect your business operations from the hostile cyber environment faced by international businesses.
Be prepared, and don’t be caught off guard. To discuss your requirements, book a discovery call with one of our CMMC experts today!
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Most frequent questions and answers
Obtaining Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) can be a complicated and lengthy process depending on the size of your organization, the number of systems you have in place, and the level of security maturity you are aiming to achieve.
It is not unusual for the process to take several months, but there are no guarantees on exact timeframes as each organization’s situation can be different. In general, it is recommended you plan on completing the entire certification process within 3-6 months to ensure adequate preparation time.
The cost to achieve certification also depends on the complexity of your organization and the level of certification desired. Generally speaking, organizations should expect to pay for external assessment fees as well as preparation and implementation costs. The exact costs vary depending on your organization’s security measures.
Additionally, organizations should factor in the cost of any necessary training or consulting services that may be needed to ensure they have a comprehensive understanding of their security posture and the steps required for successful certification – so make sure to include those expenses too!
NIST is a federal organization that develops standards for other government agencies, such as the DoD. In response to their need for a robust security system, the DoD created CMMC – a security certification program with precise criteria that must be met.
So, NIST offers broad cybersecurity counsel while CMMC provides more specific instructions necessary for successful completion.