How can Managed IT Services Providers Help Ensure CMMC Compliance?
The internet has no doubt played a catalytic role in accelerating technological development. But no one can deny that access to the internet has also facilitated delinquent people with means to commit cybercrimes and data thefts. Every organization dealing with sensitive information should have a robust cybersecurity framework. With the increase in cybercrime rate, the U.S Department of Defense has made it mandatory for DoD contractors and subcontractors to comply with CMMC, NIST 800 171, and other Cybersecurity standards.
This blog has covered essential aspects of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and how Managed IT services providers can help organizations secure CMMC.
What Is the CMMC?
In 2020, after years of deliberate planning and assessment, the Department of Defense released Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification or CMMC. The CMMC is composed of several cybersecurity models and controls already present in DFARS, FISMA, NIST 800 171. In the CMMC, all the compliance processes have been merged into a single certification process for the DoD contractors and subcontractors.
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification’s prime objective is to certify DoD contractors who have implemented a cybersecurity framework in their organization and taken all necessary measures to protect sensitive information. Every contractor and subcontractor bidding for government contracts will soon have to get CMMC certified from CP3AOs or autonomous Third-Party Assessment Organizations.
The contractors will be evaluated on five CMMC levels:
Level 1: Basic Cyber Hygiene
Level 2: Intermediate Cyber Hygiene
Level 3: Good Cyber Hygiene
Level 4: Proactive
Level 5: Advanced/Progressive
The five CMMC levels build upon each other. Meaning, to get to Level 2, the organization must achieve Level 1 compliance, and so forth. This approach is adopted because more small-sized subcontractors with limited resources are at higher risk of cybersecurity dangers than prime contractors.
The Department of Defense has estimated that by the year 2025, at least 479 contractors would include Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification clauses in their agreements. The number of certified contractors is calculated to go up by 48,000 contractors. Contractors and subcontractors working directly and indirectly with the Department of Defense must take appropriate actions to secure all five certificates. However, the process can prove confusing and complex for many small-size subcontractors. This is where firms offering managed IT services for government contractors help.
How Can Managed IT Services Help?
Large companies and organizations have enough resources and workforce to implement necessary measures to be CMMC compliant. It’s the small-sized contractors and subcontractors who experience difficultly in complying with cybersecurity standards. By hiring a managed IT services provider, such contractors can reap the benefits of expert cybersecurity solutions.
Most MSP are aware of the CMMC compliance requirements. They also understand that small-scaled government contractors lack the resources to fulfill compliance requirements. MSPs are experts at conducting thorough readiness assessments and identifying the gaps in the contractor’s current cybersecurity measures. They can guide the contractor on what all amendments would be required to secure the CMMC compliance.