The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or the CMMC, is a verification program that ensures defense contractors for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) are capable and ready in the area of cybersecurity. CMMC requirements ensure your cybersecurity controls and processes can adequately protect the sensitive information you have access to.
At HCRS, one service we offer is preparing and guiding DoD suppliers seeking to get certified and stay compliant with the CMMC. We have been working with a variety of governmental bodies for over 20 years, and we have the experience to help businesses small and large navigate working with the government.
If your business needs help getting ready for the CMMC certification, don’t get confused by industry lingo, IT talk or multiple maturity levels. HCRS will give it to you straight — from one small business contractor to another.
What Is the CMMC Certification?
Companies that want to work with the U.S. DoD will need to meet the CMMC requirements to bid on contracts. The first version of the much-anticipated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification was released in January 2020. This unified standard ensures all contractors are up to the task of executing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB).
In years past, companies working for the DoD were responsible for their own security technology, as well as sensitive DoD information that happened to be stored or transmitted on their systems. However, this system sometimes resulted in serious compromises and information leaks. The CMMC requires third-party assessment of contractors to ensure:
- Compliance with mandatory practices and procedures.
- Adequate cybersecurity capabilities.
- The ability to adapt to new and evolving cyber threats.
The CMMC Framework
The CMMC has five established certification levels. Each level builds upon the one before to reflect the maturity and reliability of a company’s cybersecurity infrastructure. These technical requirements ensure a company can safeguard sensitive DoD information stored or transmitted on the contractors’ system. For your company to be considered compliant, you must meet each level’s requirements and implement specific cybersecurity-based practices.
- Level 1: Basic cyber hygiene practices, such as regularly changing passwords and using antivirus software to safeguard Federal Contract Information (FCI), or information not intended for public release.
- Level 2: Intermediate cyber hygiene practices and implemented security requirements to protect any Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) or unclassified information that requires safeguarding.
- Level 3: Good cyber hygiene practices and implemented security requirements to safeguard CUI.
- Level 4: Established enhanced practices to detect and respond to the changing tactics and techniques of advanced persistent threats (APTs).
- Level 5: Optimized processes, enhanced practices and sophisticated capabilities to detect and respond to APTs.
Who Must Comply With the CMMC?
The CMMC certification will eventually be required by any DoD contractors or companies doing business with the U.S. government in any capacity. This includes:
- All suppliers.
- Small businesses.
- Commercial item contractors.
- Foreign suppliers.
Get CMMC Ready Today
HCRS is not an auditing company, and we do not grant certification. Rather, our goal is to guide your company through the CMMC certification process. We have been working and cooperating with government agencies for over 20 years, and we are a Registered Provider Organization (RPO). You will get the experience and information you need without confusing lingo or IT terms to get in the way — preparing your company for the CMMC in a way that’s not confusing or intimidating.
Let us help guide you through the CMMC framework and get your company ready for the certification process. Contact us today to learn more.