Whether a prime, subcontractor, or sub-tier supplier, every organization doing business with the DoD will need to be CMMC certified before being awarded a contract that has CMMC requirements.
What is CMMC?
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is intended to serve as a verification mechanism to ensure that Defense Industrial Base (DIB) companies implement appropriate cybersecurity practices and processes to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within their unclassified networks.
The CMMC leverages a combination of practices (what most CSPs will recognize as controls) and processes that gauge the maturity level of a given practice.
In order to keep up with the fast-moving cybersecurity requirements, it is important to take a proactive approach.
Our CMMC services can help your organization to:
- Be prepared for the requirements expected
- Understand what tier your business falls under
- Prepare your business for the official CMMC review
The CMMC is an important piece of legislation that is aiming to reduce the vulnerability of our country’s cloud infrastructure and ensure that organizations across the country understand what is expected of them.
What is a Maturity Model?
Maturity models are a collection of best practices, the degree of adherence to which progresses organizations along a scale from lower levels of adoption of “maturity” to higher levels of aptitude and certification. Certifying to a maturity model means that a company or organization has committed itself to improve its processes and practices within a model’s domains to a sustainable, measured level of high performance.
To Whom Does CMMC Apply?
The certification is applicable to both “prime” contractors who engage directly with DoD, and to subcontractors who contract with primes to provide fulfillment and execution of those contracts. Although some level of certification will be a requirement of every contract beginning in 2026, DoD has indicated that they intend to issue contract opportunities at all levels of the maturity model, meaning that there will be some number of requests issued that will require only a low level of certification, and some that will require higher levels of certification.
Why CMMC Is Important
It is estimated that cybercrime drains over $600 billion annually from the global GDP. Relying on the vast network of contractors to execute its mission means that the Department of Defense is entrusting each one of them with critical data that systematically increases the overall risk profile of the DIB.
The DoD has released CMMC in order to facilitate the adoption of best practices in cybersecurity with a “defense in depth” strategy across its entire global contractor base.
Make sure you are prepared for these new requirements and that you understand where your business lies within this framework. Contact us today by phone at 703.204.2958 or request a consultation online to get professional CMMC services to help and evaluate your current state against CMMC requirements.