What Is CMMC?

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Does CMMC apply to me?

“All companies conducting business with the DOD must be certified.”
– Quote from OUSD(A&S)

Starting in January 2021, all new Department of Defense contracts will require contractors – including subcontractors – to have a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). All companies, no matter how small or what service they provide, will have to be assessed and certified before they can be eligible for a proposal according to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)). 

The Reason for CMMC

Security is no longer optional and no longer confined to IT – every business is affected.

  • Average cost of a data breach was $3.92 million in 2019 
  • Malicious cyber activity cost the US Economy over $600 Billion in 2019 
  • Small Businesses severely underestimate the damage a cyber-attack can impose
  • Costs of a breach can include damages, data retrieval, system repairs/upgrades, lost business, public relations/damage control, potential lawsuits, lost customers/trust
  • 43% of businesses say they have no confidence in their cyber resilience
  • Small Businesses Association (SBA) estimates 43% of cyber incidents are targeted at Small Businesses
  • Cost of a data breach has risen 12% over the past 5 years; cost of incidents can continue for several years after the initial breach

Why many Small Businesses put no effort into cybersecurity – and why they should.

  • “I don’t have any important data.” — At a minimum, companies have employee data (PII) or proprietary data.
  • “A hacker wouldn’t target me.” — While the risk from a hacker may be low, it’s not zero – especially if you’re doing business with the government. Natural disasters, disgruntled employees, and human error can also affect any company.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model aims to significantly enhance the cybersecurity and resiliency of its contractor network, creating a single cybersecurity standard for companies to meet. It ensures an appropriate level of cyber hygiene, resilience from threat actors, and resistance to information ex-filtration for a given contract.

The 5 CMMC Levels

Cybersecurity is holistic. It involves much more than just securing servers and data. It also includes risk management, incident response, physical security, employee awareness training, and more.

The DoD’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model builds upon existing NIST 800-171 and DFARS 252.204-7012 regulations and adds a certification component. It combines several cyber security standards and best practices to create a family of controls based on a required level of cybersecurity maturity.

The CMMC defines five cybersecurity hygiene levels.

How Do I Become Certified

  • Your company will determine the level of CMMC required for your contracts
  • Your company will request and schedule your own assessment
  • A certified independent third party will conduct audits of your CMMC level
  • Your company will be awarded a level of certification by demonstrating the appropriate cybersecurity maturity to the assessors
  • There will be no self-certification
  • There will be no Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M)
  • The CMMC Cost will scale with the level of certification required
  • The cost of certification will be considered an allowable, reimbursable cost as part of the contract and will not be prohibitive
  • The goal is for CMMC to be cost effective and affordable for Small Businesses

What PCI Provides

PCI brings several years of cybersecurity expertise, including experience helping small businesses become NIST 800-171 compliant. The PCI experts are up-to-date on the latest CMMC news and have been involved in shaping the CMMC model and accreditation process.

Many consulting companies charge over $100k and take over three months to get you ready for an assessment! But most Small Businesses don’t have that kind of money – or the time. And they don’t have the expertise or manpower to do it themselves.

PCI is different. We’ll get you ready for a CMMC assessor at any CMMC level required!

We provide certification consulting for an affordable cost in a short amount of time. We provide customized assistance based on your individual company needs. Services include:

Next Steps

Every company is different. Your cybersecurity should match your business.

PCI provides customized CMMC support. We can help you prepare for your assessment and certification whether you’re familiar with CMMC or not.

Email us for more information or to talk about your company’s specific needs.

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