Originally published on September 1, 2022
Are you a contractor that does business with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and part of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB)? If so, you'll need to comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program if you wish to remain in good standing with the DoD.
The CMMC framework consists of several levels designed to ensure that contractors have instituted sufficient cybersecurity measures when conducting business with the DoD. The certification process also indicates whether the contractor can maintain its security and make adjustments as needed for efficiency and optimization.
The three levels of CMMC and the related requirements are:
This level requires an annual cybersecurity self-assessment and affirmation conducted by DIB company leaders. The focus is on safeguarding Federal Contract Information (FCI).
This level is similar to Level 3 under the previous CMMC 1.0 and is designed for companies working with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
This level focuses on reducing the risks posed by Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).
Affected companies must meet the requirements for the implementation of CMMC for several reasons. If your contracting business currently receives government funding, noncompliance can put you at risk of losing it. If you're found guilty of a cybersecurity breach that comprises CUI or other sensitive data, you may be prohibited from bidding on DoD contracts in the future.
Adhering to the updated CMMC 2.0 guidelines also offers several benefits:
Centre Technologies is a local IT company that is a CMMC-AB Registered Provider Organization (RPO) and offers a suite of advanced CMMC services that can help your contracting business achieve and maintain compliance:
Are you planning your CMMC compliance strategy or seeking help meeting the updated 2.0 compliance requirements? The CMMC compliance services from Centre Technologies can ensure your contracting business meets the appropriate guidelines.
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