Navigating CMMC Compliance: Key Strategies for Defense Contractors

April 29, 2024

3 min read

As the defense industry gears up for the full implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), companies like Novatech are at the forefront, ensuring their clients are not just prepared, but ahead of the curve.

With over 25 years of experience in managed IT services and cybersecurity, Novatech is uniquely positioned to guide defense contractors through the complexities of CMMC compliance.


Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the levels of CMMC and determining which one applies to your organization.
  • The importance of third-party assessments in achieving compliance.
  • Practical steps to start your journey toward CMMC certification.


What is CMMC?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a tiered framework to ensure that defense contractors have the necessary controls to safeguard sensitive data, including Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

CMMC consolidates several existing cybersecurity standards into one unified standard for cybersecurity.


Who Needs CMMC Certification?

Any organization within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) that processes, stores, or transmits FCI or CUI must obtain CMMC certification at a level appropriate to the sensitivity of the information they handle. This includes prime contractors and their subcontractors.


Understanding CMMC Levels

CMMC is structured across three levels, each with a set of practices and processes:

  • Level 1: Focuses on basic cyber hygiene practices to protect FCI.
  • Level 2: Involves a set of security controls mirroring NIST SP 800-171 for organizations handling CUI.
  • Level 3: Designed for those dealing with CUI and facing Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), requiring more stringent controls.


Preparing for CMMC Compliance

  • Assess Your Current Cybersecurity Posture: Begin by understanding which CMMC level applies to your organization. Assess your current systems and processes against the specific practices and processes required for your target CMMC level.
  • Identify Gaps: Compare your current cybersecurity practices with the CMMC requirements for your level. Identify any gaps in compliance and create a plan to address these deficiencies.
  • Implement Necessary Changes: Work on closing identified gaps by implementing required security controls and processes. This may involve technological upgrades, policy changes, and staff training.
  • Schedule a Third-Party Assessment: Once you believe you are compliant with your required CMMC level, schedule an assessment with a CMMC Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). They will evaluate your compliance and issue certification if you meet the criteria.


Cost of CMMC Compliance

The cost of achieving CMMC certification varies significantly based on your organization’s current cybersecurity maturity, the complexity of your information systems, and the level of CMMC certification you are pursuing.

It is crucial to budget both for the direct costs of compliance, such as assessments and potential technology upgrades, and for the indirect costs, such as staff training and process modifications.


Why Start Now?

The timeline for CMMC implementation is moving swiftly, and organizations that delay may find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Starting your compliance journey now ensures you have the time to carefully address any gaps and avoid the rush as deadlines approach.


How Novatech Can Help

At Novatech, we understand the nuances of CMMC and have the expertise to guide you through every step of the compliance process. From initial assessment to final certification, our team is here to ensure your success in meeting CMMC requirements.

Our managed IT services, including cybersecurity solutions, are designed to not only help you achieve compliance but also to enhance your overall security posture.


Reach Out for Expertise

Don’t navigate the complexities of CMMC alone. Contact Novatech today to learn how our managed IT and cybersecurity services can prepare you for CMMC compliance and beyond. Our team is ready to provide the expertise and support you need to secure your operations and protect sensitive information.

Written By: Editorial Team

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