TCT’s Guide to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

The Department of Defense has government contractors scrambling to become compliant with its new standard, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The change has a lot of contractors rushing to understand the ins and outs of CMMC and to get certified. 

Looking for answers? You’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you the basics of CMMC and help you figure out how to make your certification journey as simple as possible.

What Is CMMC?

CMMC is a security framework established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that its suppliers handle sensitive information and systems securely. Based on NIST 800-171, the CMMC framework consists of three maturity levels of certification. The level you need to meet will depend on the nature of your work with the DoD. Every contractor that works with the DoD (and many subcontractors) must be compliant with CMMC.

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What Are CMMC Compliance Requirements?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification isn’t like many other compliance standards, and there have been several significant changes to CMMC since it was first introduced. If you’re confused or anxious about wrapping your head around all of the CMMC compliance requirements, you aren’t alone. We’ve written helpful articles to help you make sense of the structure and controls of CMMC.

CMMC Compliance Tools

If all you have is a hammer, you’re going to have a miserable time installing your new dishwasher. Likewise, if all you have is a spreadsheet, you’re going to have a miserable time managing your CMMC engagement. Most companies rely on spreadsheets to track their compliance programs, but a spreadsheet isn’t designed for the complexity that awaits you. Make sure you have the tools you need to successfully move through this critical engagement. The following articles will help you identify the right tools for the job.

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CMMC Compliance Readiness

It’s a lot to figure out CMMC on your own, and many organizations are feeling lost at sea as they try to navigate these uncharted waters. If you’re a government contractor, you need to get moving on CMMC compliance, now — but that’s easier said than done.

CMMC compliance doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience, if you arm yourself with plenty of knowledge and depend upon experts who can guide you through the process. Take a look at these articles to equip your organization for CMMC compliance readiness.

Assessment and Certification for CMMC

How does a CMMC assessment compare with other compliance assessments that you may have been through? Or, if this is your first assessment of any kind, what should you expect? It’s critical to have all your ducks in a row for CMMC — the more organized you are, the less painful your experience will be. Start with these best practices for a successful CMMC assessment.

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