CMMC Consulting Services in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas
In response to significant compromises of sensitive information, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) created the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to standardize the implementation of cybersecurity across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). These new standards affect over 300,000 companies in the U.S. DoD supply chain.
The new CMMC framework includes a certification requirement for all businesses dealing with a project for the DIB and Defense Supply Chain (DSC). This certification will help independently verify the proper implementation of processes and practices directly associated with achieving the needed cybersecurity maturity level.
If your business needs to pass a CMMC certification, you can rely on the trusted CMMC professionals at Blue Jean Networks to help. Our team offers CMMC consulting services that go over your current status and whether or not you will pass the official certification audit by a C3PAO. Once our CMMC Pre-Assessment is complete, we can help you implement the correct strategies to achieve the certification level you need. Here is more information on our CMMC consulting services.
Understanding the CMMC Compliance Levels
Under the new CMMC 2.0 Compliance Guidelines, there will be three CMMC compliance levels. They are as follows:
CMMC Level 1: Foundational (Applies to FCI Only)
Companies that need to certify for this level must be able to perform “basic cybersecurity practices” such as using antivirus software and ensuring employees change their passwords regularly. This should be done to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI).
Assessment Requirements for CMMC Level 1:
- Annual self assessment:
- Mandatory System Security Plan (SSP) in place
- Score submission to SPRS
- Can be audited at anytime
- Company official liable under the false claims act
CMMC Level 2: Advanced (Applies to FCI and CUI)
Companies that need to certify at this level must keep documentation of intermediate cybersecurity practices to protect any Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) through the implementation of some of the United States Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Special Publication 800-171 Revision 2 security requirements.
For this level, a company must have an institutionalized management plan in effect that shows good cybersecurity practices to safeguard CUI.
Assessment Requirements for CMMC Level 2:
All companies handling CUI (where that is processing, storing, or transmitting) are required to pass a CMMC audit by a registered C3PAO.
CMMC Level 3: Expert
A company needing this level of certification must implement a process to review and measure the effectiveness of the aforementioned practices. They must also establish enhanced practices to detect and respond to changing tactics and techniques for advanced persistent threats (APT).
Assessment Requirements for CMMC Level 3:
- Assessments for CMMC level 3 must be conducted by the DoD itself.
What Is the Timeline For CMMC Certification?
CMMC certification-required contracts have been rolling out since early 2021, but the DoD halted these after releasing the latest rules for CMMC 2.0. The most recent timeline for the CMMC 2.0 contracts indicates May 2023, but this is subject to change.
If My Business Has Until May 2023, Why Should I Worry About This Now?
One of the real issues when it comes to making sure your business has the right certifications is not whether you can implement the right changes for your needed level, but the availability of the C3PAOs as everyone scrambles to get certified. It is best to set your business up for success by getting certified sooner rather than later so you are ready for the new contracts when they are released.
Another reason to act sooner rather than later is to ensure that your business gives itself enough time to implement changes that are needed to get the certification level required for your contract. Most changes take an average of 6-12 months to fully implement and reflect in your business’s practices.
How Can Blue Jean Networks Help With My CMMC Certification Process?
The team at Blue Jean Networks went through the training to become certified as a CMMC Registered Practitioner Organization™ (CMMC-RPO). This means that we can provide unparalleled consulting services to help your business with CMMC gap analysis, implementation support, and readiness support.
- CMMC Gap Analysis: See where your organization is currently at and what can be improved to ensure you get to your needed CMMC Level
- CMMC Implementation: Based on the results of the CMMC Gap Analysis, we will help you implement changes to ensure that all suitable controls and missing requirements are in place. This includes helping your business develop and write the documentation that is required to pass your certification assessment.
- CMMC Readiness Support: Our team doesn’t just stop there. We help you prepare for the true certification audit by helping your business gather and organize evidence for a smooth assessment by the C3PAO.
Ensure Your Business Is Ready for CMMC Certification
Blue Jean Networks is dedicated to helping your business get the CMMC certification you need. We work with you every step of the way and will not rest until your business is ready to pass its CMMC Certification Audit. Contact our team today for more information on CMMC or to schedule a consultation with our certified CMMC practitioners.