CMMC Compliance Services

CMMC Compliance Services

MNS Group helps DoD contractors throughout the U.S. navigate the complexities of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  Through our many experiences, we’ve fine-tuned solutions that enable our clients to prepare and achieve compliance faster and at a lower cost compared to other solutions that have been popping up in the market recently. 

  • CMMC 2.0 Readiness Assessment 
  • Remediation Support
  • CMMC Consulting and Advisory Services 
  • Compliance Managed Services 

To speak with our team about your company’s needs or the needs of your suppliers, give us a call at (410) 838-1088 or request a CMMC Consultation online now. 

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WHAT IS CMMC?

Simply put, CMMC is a verification standard that gauges and verifies whether contractors and subcontractors have the cybersecurity infrastructure to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI). The CMMC framework is based on NIST 800-171 and other past regulations and comes as a response to the theft of many billions of dollars in intellectual property from contractors working for and with the DoD.

The DoD created a tiered approach through CMMC that audits and outlines the levels of obtaining base cybersecurity. This leveled approach allows different types of contractors to comply at the level appropriate to their business. CMMC requires that a third-party auditor confirm compliance through the verification of documentation of practices and procedures, management and review of cyber events, and that CUI is safeguarded and controlled- both digitally and physically. To win — or even BID — on a DoD contract, any company working as a prime or as a subcontractor is required to pass a CMMC audit. 

On November 4 , 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced Version 2.0 of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), as a replacement for Defense Federal Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7012.  As an interim rule effective November 30, 2020; DoD contractors must have a current NIST 800-171 DoD assessment on record.  This interim rule helps to close the gap between DFARS and CMMC requirements.  

CMMC will require a 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to independently audit your organization and certify your compliance at a Maturity level 2 if your contract requirements do not allow self attestation. 

All DoD contractors and subcontractors are required to attain at least Maturity Level 1 compliance if they handle Federal Contract Information (FCI).  Those processing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must achieve Maturity Level 2. 

CMMC will require a 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to independently audit your organization and certify your compliance at a Maturity level commensurate with the data you handle. 

All DoD contractors and subcontractors are required to attain at least Maturity Level 1 compliance if they handle Federal Contract Information (FCI).  Those processing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must achieve Maturity Level 3.

CMMC QUICK FACTS

  • It draws from state-of-the art standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DoD itself, and the international security community
  • It includes the entire DoD industrial base- approximately 300,000 contractors and subcontractors
  • It recognizes that a one size does fit all- different levels of security are necessary, depending on the cost and benefits and specific contracts and sensitivity of the data that will be involved.
  • It requires third-party assessments in lieu of self-certification, which closes a potential loophole in current cybersecurity requirements

CMMC LEVELS

The levels of CMMC compliance range from very basic cybersecurity to much more robust and proactive safeguards on a company’s network. In CMMC 1.0 there were 5 levels.

The new streamlined CMMC 2.0 has 3 increasingly progressive levels: 

Foundational / Level 1 (same as previous level 1) 

Advanced / Level 2 (previous level 3) 

Expert / Level 3 (previous level 5) 

  •     Level 1 Eliminates all maturity processes 
  •     Level 2 Eliminates all CMMC 1.0 unique security practices:
    • Advanced / Level 2 will mirror NIST SP 800-171 (110 security practices)       
    • Expert / Level 3 will be based on a subset of NIST SP 800-172 requirements  

MNS Group helps DoD contractors throughout the U.S. navigate the complexities of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  We have years of experience keeping government contractors, financial services, non-profits, and medical providers compliant. Our clients have met audits without stress, knowing that they are prepared. We have fine-tuned solutions that enable our clients to prepare and achieve compliance faster and at a lower cost compared to other solutions that have been popping up in the market recently.

CMMC Readiness Assessment- Assess and analyze the systems and processes in place and methodically compare them against the CMMC requirements. Delve deep into your security infrastructure to verify each control and subcontrol are met through expert interviews and documentation review and collection.

CMMC Remediation Support- Addresses policy and practice deficits, security risks, and mitigates areas needing correction uncovered in the CMMC Readiness Assessment. A Post-Remediation Assessment will document the corrections to allow stress-free progression to the CMMC Assessment by a CMMC C3PAO.

CMMC Consulting and Advisory Services– Gain insight to direct and plan the path to achieve CMMC compliance by preparing intelligently. Focus time, define scope, uncover security gaps, and align resources. Create a baseline SSP. Train  staff on CUI, Access tools and templates to aid CMMC preparation and create a security control implementation strategy.

Compliance Managed Services- Proactive technology and security support for organization that need to remain complaint and demonstrate ongoing maturity. Security Control implementation, continuous SEIM SOC monitoring,  utilize the  CMMC Compliance Portal for document management, access true helpdesk with cybersecurity training for staff, and  incident response planning.

To speak with our team about your company’s needs or the needs of your suppliers, give us a call at (410) 838-1088 or request a CMMC Consultation online now.

 

HOW CAN MY BUSINESS PREPARE TO BECOME CMMC COMPLIANT? 

Once you identify which level your business needs to comply with, you can begin the process of conducting an internal analysis of your cybersecurity infrastructure by checking it against the CMMC framework. Once you have identified these gaps, work with your IT team to fill the gaps to achieve compliance. A gap analysis or the resources to achieve compliance may be outside of the core skillset of many in-house IT staff. Keep in mind that preparing for a CMMC audit can also take considerable time when trying to achieve it on your own. Utilizing a third party to implement a compliance process is a cost and time effective option for many businesses who may not wish to drain their own resources. 

MNS Group has solutions and services that allow businesses to become — and stay — compliant. Working with our security and compliance experts allows you keep your efforts focused on running your business. We’d love to help your business become CMMC compliant. Give us a call today to see how we can help. 

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