CMMC Compliance Consulting
At Stasmayer, we understand the complexities surrounding CMMC compliance. Although CMMC regulations have existed for some time now, they have recently been updated to become a fairly exhaustive, extensive, and complex process for compliance. The good news is you don’t have to meet these regulations alone! With nearly 20 years of IT consulting experience under our belt, our team of technology professionals will provide you with the guidance and expertise you need to guide you to CMMC compliance.
What is CMMC?
CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and it is a certification process that seeks to improve the overall security posture of Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and in the future possibly all non-DoD government contractors as well. It provides regulatory requirements which must be met in order to be eligible for certain DoD contracts.
At its core, the CMMC is intended to evaluate how ‘mature’ the current cybersecurity structure of an organization is. This includes whether or not the organization is taking sufficient steps to protect digital data, systems, and assets from potential cyber threats. It also includes whether an organization is taking proactive steps to monitor its own cybersecurity, or if they are simply being reactive in the face of trouble.
What are the CMMC Certification Levels?
CMMC 2.0 certification is divided into three total levels with Level 1 being the most basic and Level 3 deemed the expert level.
Level 1 (Foundational)
Designed for organizations that handle publicly releasable (CUI) information and includes basic cyber security hygiene.
Level 2 (Advanced)
Designed for organizations that handle CUI as well as more sensitive data. This level includes the same requirements of Level 1, plus additional security controls for protecting this more sensitive data.
Level 3 (Expert)
Designed for organizations at an expert level of cybersecurity maturity, which requires a “robust set” of processes to protect CUI and other highly sensitive information. The controls in Level 3 go beyond those required in Levels 1 & 2 and include advanced security techniques such as risk management, incident response plans, and secure supply chain management practices.
In addition to the three levels, CMMC certification also defines “Maturity Levels” to measure the effectiveness of each certified organization’s cybersecurity posture. Maturity Levels range from one (lowest) to five (highest), and will be used by DoD contractors to demonstrate their security readiness when seeking new contracts or renewing existing ones.
Challenges to Reach CMMC Compliance
Despite being extremely important, the road to CMMC certification and compliance is not an easy one to navigate. Some of the bumps and obstacles you can expect may include:
CMMC certification requires a thorough examination of an organization’s existing security infrastructure and processes. This means having personnel who can dive deep into the technical details of CMMC compliance and ensure that all requirements are met.
CMMC compliance is no small task – it requires a significant amount of resources, both in terms of personnel and financial investments. Depending on the size and scale of your organization, you may be hard-pressed to find the necessary resources to complete CMMC certification
CMMC compliance must be completed within a certain time frame in order to remain eligible for DoD contracts. Failure to meet this deadline could result in costly penalties or lost opportunities.