The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a framework designed to assess and enhance the cyber hygiene of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).  Following feedback received when CMMC 1.0 was released, the Department of Defense (DoD) reviewed and restructured the requirements and announced CMMC 2.0, an updated version of the framework. Although CMMC 2.0 has not yet been officially released, it is anticipated to be introduced in the near future, making it essential for organizations to start preparing now and harden their security practices. Below we will discuss how to start preparing for CMMC 2.0 and ensure your organization is protected against cybersecurity threats. 

Where Does CMMC 2.0 Stand? 

CMMC 2.0 is still in the rulemaking process, which has left many organizations wondering what the next steps will entail. Rather than sit and wait, there are actions you should take today to improve security within your environment and better position your organization for CMMC 2.0.  

Don’t Delay: Start Preparing Today and Get Your Organization Ready for CMMC 2.0   

Developing and executing a compliance plan takes time, so it is important to be proactive and get started now to help meet future requirements. DoD contractors are already required to comply with NIST SP 800-171, and CMMC 2.0 will build upon NIST SP 800-171 by adding additional controls and processes. Make sure your NIST SP 800-171 controls are in place today to protect your controlled unclassified information (CUI). By implementing the appropriate cybersecurity measures within your organization now, you will help ensure you are ready for CMMC 2.0 requirements. Taking these steps will only benefit your organization and help protect your information from future cyberthreats.  

Organize Your Documentation 

Strong documentation is crucial for CMMC 2.0 requirements. To achieve compliance, you must have thorough and consistent documentation of your cybersecurity practices in the form of written policies, plans and protocols. Documentation needs to provide evidence that demonstrates you have implemented the proper security measures within your organization. Take the necessary actions today to ensure you have concise documentation of your cybersecurity practices that are consistently updated. Incorporating documentation as an integral part of your organization will benefit you in the future and help meet CMMC 2.0 criteria.  

Strengthen Your Security Posture  

While CMMC 2.0 is not yet in place, it is critical to implement cybersecurity best practices and procedures to harden your security posture and ensure your business is properly protected. By strengthening your processes and improving your security hygiene, you will be in a better position to achieve compliance. Security tools such as multi-factor authentication (MFA), endpoint detection & response (EDR), data recovery & backups, spam filter/ advanced threat protection and end user security training are essential in protecting your environment and preparing you for CMMC 2.0.  

How CompuData’s CMMC Services Can Help  

Work with a third-party partner who can provide you with the knowledge, expertise, and tools necessary to achieve CMMC 2.0 compliance. Your partner should have a deep understanding of CMMC framework and help you navigate the requirements to ensure you are taking the right steps towards compliance.  

CompuData is a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Registered Provider Organization (RPO), accredited by the CMMC -AB marketplace, helping DoD suppliers and government contractors obtain adequate security protection and meet required guidelines. CompuData’s CMMC services can help your organization identify any gaps or areas of improvement that need to be addressed to prepare you for a formal assessment. Our team of experts can help define your organization’s CMMC level, implement and monitor cybersecurity requirements, and help formalize processes and procedures to ensure you are adequately prepared. Learn what you need to be doing today to build cyber maturity and protect your organization. 

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Author: Drew Rosado

Drew Rosado is CBIZ CompuData’s Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO). Drew brings ten years of IT experience and extensive knowledge in the startup, development, and growth of various non-profits and small businesses. His background as a Technology Director/CIO gives Drew a unique perspective to provide IT strategy and planning to help companies excel. At CBIZ CompuData, Drew works closely with clients to support their growth initiatives by matching their business goals with a holistic technology solution.