What is CMMC?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a security standard that the Department of Defense contractors cannot afford to overlook. Put in place to ensure DoD contractors have appropriate security measures in place for their information systems, CMMC builds upon many familiar security compliance standards from NIST and DFARS.
Based on the amount of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), applications of CMMC standards and requirements for compliance will vary from organization to organization across a five-tiered spectrum ranging from “basic cyber hygiene” to “advanced cyber hygiene” that keeps that information adequately protected from cyber threats.
This security standard, however, does not allow contractors to self-certify and certification will instead rely on third-party assessments. For DoD contractors, this creates the need to invest in an ongoing effort and focus on implementing and maintaining internal procedures to ensure 100% compliance at their required level.
Failure to do so will render them unable to bid on defense projects with higher-level specifications, potentially costing them lucrative government contracts and diminishing their reputation as a dependable contractor.