CMMC Compliance Services
We understand that the overwhelming majority of businesses contracting with the US Government are committed to seeing our great nation thrive for generations to come. The hard truth is that enemies of the United States target small businesses, particularly government contractors, aiming to steal, damage, or corrupt sensitive data. However, protecting data, creating policies, and implementing technical systems can be complex, time-consuming, and expensive for small businesses. These challenges can be frustrating and demoralizing when all you want to do is focus on your core operations.
MNS Group helps DoD contractors navigate the complexities of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Our approach to implementing CMMC compliance is informed by our deep cybersecurity experience and our understanding of how businesses function. This comprehensive approach is NOT pencil-whipping boxes, but building a resilient infrastructure where DIB businesses thrive, and where CUI and FCI are protected. We collaborate with our clients to build solutions that are tailored to meet business goals and compliance requirements to keep our nation protected together.
Our unwavering commitment to compliance and CMMC allows you to make a real impact in defending our nation and securing your business.
We are here to help. By partnering with MNS Group, you can effectively thwart cyber threats and shield your business from malicious actors. Our expertise and dedication to compliance empower you to focus on your job, knowing that sensitive information is well protected.
Where ever you are in your compliance journey, we can help.
WHAT IS CMMC?
CMMC is a cybersecurity standards verification program based on NIST SP 800-171. US Department of Defense (DoD) Contractors are required to implement the 110 practices to prove that they have the cybersecurity and operational infrastructure to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI). The certification comes as a response to the theft of many billions of dollars in intellectual property from contractors working for and with the DoD due to insufficient cybersecurity.
The DoD created a tiered approach through CMMC that outlines the levels of base cybersecurity requirements.
Level 1- Foundational
Applies to all DoD contractors and subcontractors handling Federal Contract Information (FCI) based on the existing 17 controls in FAR 52.204-21
Certification type: The contractor will be required to conduct a self-assessment annually, with an affirmation from a senior company official that the organization is meeting the requirements (see False Claims Act).
Level 2- Advanced
Applies to all DoD contractors and subcontractors handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), CTI, or ITAR data and is based on 110 controls in NIST 800-171.
Certification type: For most organizations, a third-party assessment by an authorized CMMC C3PAO
Level 3- Expert
DoD contractors that handle CUI on DoD high-priority programs will include some of NIST 800-171 and is still being developed.
Certification type: Government tri-annual assessments
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. A vetted, proven third party, like MNS Group, is well-resourced to identify gaps, saving you time if you attempted to do so on your own as it may be outside of the core skill set of in-house staff. Utilizing a third party to implement a compliance process is a cost and time-effective option for many businesses that 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 to keep your efforts focused on running your business. We’d love to help your business become CMMC compliant. Contact us today to see how we can help.
Need help implementing NIST SP 800-171?
We set a clear path to achieving an 110 SPRS score with your team.
We meticulously analyze your business operations, information flows, and systems. Together, we devise a plan tailored to your business and compliance requirements.
Our proactive approach keeps you ahead in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape and prepares you to win and renew contracts.
- Gap Analysis
- CMMC Implementation
Focus time, define scope, uncover security gaps, and align resources intelligently. Train staff on best cybersecurity practices and understand the handling of CUI. Your team will have access to tools and templates to aid in CMMC assessment preparation and create a security control implementation strategy.
Don’t let our nation’s adversaries exploit your business. Secure your future and contribute to our nation’s safety by contacting MNS Group today.
Compliance is not a singular moment, but rather a continuous state that requires attention over time. MNS Group assists organizations to maintain what they have worked to implement.
- Compliance Managed Services
- Managed Security Services
With Compliance Managed Services you will have in the moment and proactive technology and security support for your organization. Security Control implementation, continuous SEIM SOC monitoring, accessing true helpdesk with cybersecurity and professional training for staff, and incident response planning. Utilize the CMMC Compliance Portal for document management and stay ready when it is time to re-assess for CMMC.
Ready? It’s GO time.
While CMMC Assessments can be performed only after the CMMC rule is finalized, expected in mid-2024, there are opportunities for organizations that are compliant with NIST SP 800-171 to be assessed as part of a Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment. By undergoing the assessment, you demonstrate your commitment to protecting sensitive information, reinforcing your credibility as a reliable government contractor.
As an authorized CMMC 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO), MNS Group is approved to submit Defense Industrial Base companies for a Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment (JSVA) by the Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA) Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC).
What is the DOD-sanctioned Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program?
Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessments are offered under the authority of the DoD’s Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC). >DIBCAC, along with an authorized C3PAO, assesses DoD contractor systems to ensure they have implemented the security controls of NIST SP 800-171 as required by DFARS 7019 & 7020.
DIBCAC and MNS Group assessors will perform a DFARS 252.204-7020 High Confidence Assessment (as defined in DFARS 252.204-7020). At the conclusion of the JSVA, your organization will be recognized as having successfully completed the DIBCAC High Confidence Assessment. Once the formal rule is finalized, the company’s DIBCAC Assessment will transfer to a CMMC Maturity Level 2 Certificate. The Certificate will be valid for three years from that date. The DIBCAC JSVA Program will also cease to exist at that time.
Who is eligible for a JSVA?
Defense Industrial Base companies and defense contractors who have implemented the security controls of NIST SP 800-171.
Why pursue a JSVA?
A competitive advantage. A company able to provide proof of compliance with NIST SP 800-171 can market its status as a trustworthy partner to its DoD and Prime customers.
Availability to compete. There are a limited number of authorized C3PAOs to offer assessments. When the rule is finalized, DIB companies will need validation to meet all CMMC requirements by completing assessments offered from authorized C3PAOs. The high demand for assessment services will far outpace the supply of C3PAOs who offer assessments. A company with a JSVA completed has fewer competitors for contracts, while those companies who waited are not eligible to bid until they receive a CMMC Assessment, and rush to get assessed.
Numbers in your favor. Contracting Officers factor in Supplier Performance Risk Scores (SPRS) when evaluating quotations or offers. If your SPRS score is high, you have an advantage over companies with low SPRS scores and have only started compliance implementation.
Improved security. NIST SP 800-171 security requirements are designed to protect sensitive information. A JSVA will identify any weaknesses in systems or processes, giving you the chance to remediate and reduce the risk of cyberattacks and incidents.
Time and $ savings: When the rule is finalized, companies are required to re-certify every 3 years. By completing a JSVA now, time is extended between certification activities, allowing companies to distribute their financial and time investment over a longer period, minimizing disruption and expense. A successful JSVA will convert to a CMMC Maturity Level 2 certification, effective the date the final rule drops. Companies that certify now will have the advantage of more time to re-certify and budget toward the next assessment. It makes financial sense to act now.
How much does a JSVA cost?
Prices vary based on size and complexity. Contact MNS Group for more information.
What steps do I need to take to obtain a JSVA?
- Contact MNS Group, an authorized C3PAO.
- MNS Group will initiate a preliminary review for readiness.
- MNS Group will request that Cyber AB coordinate and schedule a JSVA with DIBCAC.
- DIBCAC prioritizes and schedules the assessment and coordinates efforts with MNS Group
While some contractors take a wait-and-see attitude, by embarking on your compliance journey now, you will have a competitive advantage. Prime contractors are increasingly showing a preference for working with subcontractors who have taken action toward CMMC compliance. Take advantage of your opportunity to secure your business and win contracts.
MNS Group helps DoD contractors 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 assessments without stress, knowing that they are prepared.
Seize this opportunity to defend your business and serve our country, and people. Contact us today! (410) 838-1088 or request a CMMC Consultation online now.