CMMC Consulting & Compliance Services
TestPros provides expert CMMC Consulting Services tailored to your specific organization to get you to CMMC compliance affordably and efficiently.
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 an official C3PAO, TestPros is certified 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 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.
What's New In CMMC 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 for CMMC 2.0?
In the latest framework, your level is determined by the type of information your organization handles. All companies in Level 1 can carry out a self-assessment. Level 2 likely requires a third-party audit, while Level 3 requires a government-official (DoD) assessment.
Level 1 - Foundational
This certification level is for vendors managing less critical information (FCI only). A self evaluation is allowed 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 have managed unclassified information (CUI). Outside auditors carry out a higher degree of certification against the 110 controls specified in the NIST SP 800-171 standard. If you manage information critical to national security, you are required to undergo a third-party assessment by a C3PAO. Otherwise, an annual self assessment is required.
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 CMMC compliance
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a third-party assessment?
While a third-party audit is always recommended, it’s required for organizations that handle certain CUI, particularly for prioritized acquisitions and high-priority programs.
Only qualified third-party assessors can determine whether a business exhibits readiness for DoD audits and satisfies the various security standards in the CMMC levels.
The CMMC-AB registers TestPros as a CMMC Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO), authorized to audit defense contractors for CMMC compliance.
How long does certification take?
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.
All organizations must go through a rigorous assessment in order to demonstrate compliance with the CMMC requirements. Depending on the level you are fall under, this includes a self assessment or an external assessment (by trained and certified assessors), and validation of the results. Once all requirements have been met and documented, a certification will be awarded which is valid for up to three years.
How much does it cost?
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!
TestPros Expert CMMC Planning & Business 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, get in touch with our CMMC Consulting firm.