Cyber Defense Labs has developed a proactive, tailored approach to assist government contractors in tackling Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements.
Today’s persistent and frequent cybersecurity threats and intrusions have resulted in new standards and regulations requiring companies to assess and proactively address cybersecurity risk in order to conduct business. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the theft of U.S. intellectual property due to cyber espionage and criminal activity has resulted in $600 Billion per year expelled by our adversaries, $4000 per taxpayer in the United States.
Beginning in 2020, all companies doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will need to achieve and demonstrate a defined cybersecurity maturity level and be certified as having appropriate cybersecurity controls, adequate processes and acceptable measures in place to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) in order to compete and be awarded contracts.
The Department of Defense’s enhanced cybersecurity requirements provide the foundation for a multidimensional, defense-in-depth protection strategy to ensure Department of Defense industry partners have:
1) Penetration resistant architecture,
2) Damage limiting operations, and
3) Systems designed for cyber resiliency and survivability.
What Defense Contractors Need to Know
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a new standard that will replace NIST 800-171 for all future Department of Defense acquisition requirements. CMMC builds upon the NIST 800-171 standard and other regulations to create five levels of certification that accurately reflects the type of cybersecurity controls needed for a company to qualify for a particular contract. The five levels of certification are detailed below:
Level 1: Basic Cyber Hygiene
Level 2: Intermediate Cyber Hygiene
Level 3: Good Cyber Hygiene
Level 4: Proactive
Level 5: Advanced/Progressive
CMMC Certification Process
Organizations seeking to conduct business with the U.S. Department of Defense will need to coordinate directly with an accredited and independent third-party commercial certification organization to request and schedule a CMMC assessment. Cyber Defense Labs supports our clients to ensure they are ready and fully prepared for to meet the certification requirements based on their specific business requirements and the contracting opportunities they are pursuing. Companies will specify the level of the certification requested based on their specific business requirements and DoD contracts sought. Contractors will be awarded certification at the appropriate CMMC level only if they are able to demonstrate the appropriate security controls and processes for the required capabilities and organizational maturity required at that specific level of certification.
How to Prepare
Cyber Defense Labs leverages decades of experience along with in-depth knowledge of the Department of Defense contracting process under the CMMC to deliver phased, tailored, and proactive solutions to keep our partners ahead of their competition and ahead of today’s cybersecurity requirements. We prepare organizations to proactively meet the required conditions and ready their organization for the CMMC maturity audit process.
The CMMC certification process will review and combine various cybersecurity standards and best practices and map these controls and processes across several maturity levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced. For a given CMMC level, the associated controls and processes, when implemented, will reduce risk against a specific set of cyber threats.
Cyber Defense Labs partners with our clients to reduce business risk by assessing the unique nature of their business environment, identifying and remediating vulnerabilities, and closing existing security gaps. The Cyber Defense Labs process proactively enhances information security and builds resilience in today’s constantly evolving threat environment. We support our client partners in the defense industrial base by enabling them to:
Cyber Defense Labs has developed a tailored, phased approach to assist government contractors in tackling CMMC requirements.
Copyright © 2020 Cyber Defense Labs - All Rights Reserved.