CMMC For Defense Contractors – Assess Your Risk
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard has been introduced as of 2020 for organizations to continue to bid on US DoD contracts – this is estimated to be over 300,000 companies in the supply chain.
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced that contractors who provide products and services within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) will be required to comply to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The CMMC is designed to improve protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI) within the supply chain. By some estimates, more than 70% of DoD dataresides on the networks of contractors.
The CMMC model requires contractors to have sophisticated protocols for access control, data security, incident response and system & information integrity.
CMMC was devised to help:
- Eliminate cyber vulnerabilities within the supply chain by verifying DoD contractors have appropriate cybersecurity controls in place via mandatory certification.
- Protect CUI residing in the networks of DoD vendors.
5 CMMC Levels: Processes and Practices
The CMMC acknowledges that not all information shares the same levels of sensitivity, and not all contact participants have the same clearance levels. Because of this, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification measures processes and practices across five maturity levels.
Obtaining CMMC Certification
All contractors that do business with the DoD will need to meet at least Level 1 CMMCrequirements. The exact level at which you need to be certified to be awarded a contract will be specified in the RFP.
Although contractors do not have to be CMMC certified at the time of the RFP, they will need to be at the time the contract is awarded. That means they will have a window to start and complete certification, but how long that window is will vary from contract to contract. However, to avoid unforeseen delays and the risk of losing a contract, it’s best to not wait until the last minute.
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