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 Gap Analysis
  • Compliance Roadmap
  • Remediation
  • Continuous Monitoring & Maintenance

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.

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 builds 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 March 18, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) released Version 1.02 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 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 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

Why Choose MNS Group for CMMC Compliance & Preparation Services?

Helping businesses achieve their compliance goals is what we’ve done for over 20-years.  As a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO) we are certified to guide your organization to compliance so you can protect and grow your business.  Don’t trust your compliance to just any company, these seals matter!!

CMMC Levels

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

Maturity Level 1

  • Basic Cyber Hygiene
    • Entails 17 basic cyber hygiene practices
    • Includes basic cybersecurity practices usch as changing passwords regularly and using antivirus software to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI)

Maturity Level 2

  • Intermediate Cyber Hygiene
    • Increased requirements to include two processes that address documentation of policies and procedures for all CMMC domains, as well as adding 55 intermediate cyber hygiene practices.
    • The majority of these requirements are from the NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2. 

Maturity Level 3

  • Good Cyber Hygiene
    • Level 3 requires that policies and procedures are not only documented, but they they are also managed and supported by appropriate projects and resource plans. 
    • There are 110 practices from NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2 standards, and an additional 20 CMMC specific practices that promote goody cyber hygiene. 

Maturity Level 4

  • Proactive
    • Level 4 requires contractors to continue to progress in their process maturity and review and measure their security practices for effectiveness.

    • Security practices focus on proactive measures to repel Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).

Maturity Level 5

  • Advanced/Progressive
    • Level 5 ensures contractors standardize and optimize their cybersecurity processes and practices across the organization as needed.
    • There are an additional 15 practices that further address the identification and removal of APTs.

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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