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WHAT IS CMMC?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC, is an initiative from the United States government to standardize cybersecurity practices and better protect information going between the Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, and GSA and third-party organizations they work with on a contract basis.
According to estimates from the DoD, nearly $60 billion worth of data is lost every year to adversaries.
As of June 2020, businesses currently working with the DoD, NASA, and GSA must be CMMC compliant to continue working with and bidding on contracts for these government agencies. There are five levels of CMMC, and which one a business needs is dependent on the kind of information they will receive from the government to complete the work.
NuWave Technology Partners has put a major focus on CMMC compliancy and providing services to companies to help reach CMMC compliancy. These companies will have to prove in an assessment from a third-party assessor that they have all of the policies and procedures in place to protect Controlled Unclassified Information. NuWave’s team can guide companies to be where they need to be to pass the assessment.
IS CMMC DIFFERENT THAN NIST 800-171?
CMMC is different from the previous NIST 800-171 framework, but only because it is more comprehensive. Practices outlined in the NIST 800-171 are included in CMMC, along with security practices from:
This means your business likely has some of these security measures in place. To continue working with these entities, you will probably need to bulk up your cybersecurity at least a little. But increasing your company’s data and information security also helps you protect your own information from getting into the wrong hands.
HOW CAN I BECOME CMMC COMPLIANT?
Not every contractor needs to meet the highest level of CMMC to be compliant for the work they do. The five levels of CMMC lay out the protection needed to keep certain types of government information safe.
Level 1: Basic Cyber Hygiene
Level 2: Intermediate Cyber Hygiene
Level 3: Good Cyber Hygiene
Level 4: Proactive Cybersecurity
Level 5: Progressive Cybersecurity
Not every contractor needs maximum security. NuWave can take a look at your existing security measures and help you strategize and implement a solution to meet the standard you need to keep bidding for and working on government projects.
IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING CMMC
Your I.T. department or your managed service provider (MSP) are the experts of cybersecurity for your business. But management across your company needs to understand the value of good cybersecurity practices, including what happens if there’s a breach and who’s responsible for any external communication. At NuWave, we make sure there’s understanding throughout your organization and clarity of responsibilities when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting your data.
HOW NUWAVE CAN HELP
NuWave is a Registered Provider Organization with a team of experienced CMMC experts. We will help identify and address what policies and procedures your organization will need to have in place in order to reach compliancy at the necessary level. This gets your company where it needs to be in order to pass an assessment from a 3rd party assessor to become CMMC compliant.