Why is CMMC Certification Important?

Now that the Department of Defense (DoD) has updated the requirements for aerospace & defense (A&D) contractors. Your company may be wondering how they can begin the transition to the new standards to achieve compliance, year over year. Cre8tive Technology & Design offers guidance and services aiming to help you achieve compliance, via self-sufficient enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. Let’s take a look at what you will need to be compliant and why you need to meet those standards.

What is CMMC Certification?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications (CMMCs) ensure a standard for cybersecurity implementation throughout the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and safeguard Federal Contract Information (FCI), or Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), within their unclassified networks.

CUIs are any information the government possesses that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls. The CUI Registry clarifies what categories of information the executive branch protects, including critical infrastructure, defense, immigration, intelligence, international agreements, NATO, nuclear, etc.

The CMMC framework consists of a scalable certification system that verifies a company’s implementation of processes and practices in accordance with a cybersecurity maturity level. There are five levels of cybersecurity maturity associated with the CMMC. The five maturity levels comprise of basic cyber hygiene, intermediate cyber hygiene, good cyber hygiene, proactive cyber hygiene, and the fifth involves advanced security measures. Establishing a higher level of maturity opens a company up to bidding on a wider range of contracts with a wider array of security requirements.

Why You Need CMMC Certification

Prior to CMMC’s inception, contractors were allowed to self-attest that they were meeting the DoD’s standards, along with a Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM) to overcome any security shortfalls. With CMMC, this is no longer the case. Contractors must be verified through an audit by an authorized CMMC Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) before being permitted to engage in any contracts with the DoD.

The DoD recognizes the monetary strain that requiring every defense contractor to have at least a basic level of security may create. To compensate, they have dictated that contractors are allowed to demand higher prices for their more secure services.

Ultimately, every company should evaluate what level of compliance suits their current security level and fiscal capability.

How to Get CMMC Certification?

First, your company needs to choose a C3PAO from the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) marketplace website.

The CMMC-AB is in charge of accrediting C3PAOs and ensuring they act in accordance with the DoD requirements. By selecting a C3PAO from their site you can verify the organization is qualified to assess your compliance.

Once a C3PAO has been contacted, you will work together to plan the CMMC assessment and that all the required cybersecurity maturity measures are implemented beforehand. After the assessment has been completed, the C3PAO will create an assessment report and issue the CMMC certificate for the specified maturity level that will be submitted to your company, and the DoD.

Prior to any of those steps, though, you need to establish the needed security measures. That is where Cre8tive comes in. Cre8tive can guide you through the process of deciding what level of maturity will benefit your company the most, and put those measures into effect.

How Cre8tive Can Help

We can provide you with cybersecurity services and solutions that are cost effective and efficient, including:

  • NIST SP800-171/DFARS Compliance Based Services
  • Assessment remediation and management that prepares companies for DOD Service/DSS/DCMA inspections
  • System Security Engineering Services & System Administration
  • Cyber Forensics Support and Cybersecurity for A&D Manufacturing, Build to Print, etc.
  • Helpdesk
  • Managed Hosting Services (Private, Government, and Public Hosting)
  • Managed Epicor Solutions

By reaching out to them through their contact page, you can begin the process of bringing your company up to standard.

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