Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification- CMMC Compliance

Baltimore and other Maryland Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and subcontractors will soon be required to comply with the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard. The new standard is designed to help counteract the significant increase in the compromises of sensitive defense information which is shared across the defense industrial base.

In the past, DoD contractors have been responsible for maintaining certain cybersecurity practices, but under the emerging CMMC requirements contractors must undergo third-party compliance assessments and implement additional security protections. Once implemented contractors and subcontractors will need to be compliant to be awarded contract work.

5 CMMC Maturity Levels (ML)

Phased in over a five-year period, CMMC includes 5 maturity levels based on a Maryland DoD contractor’s access to Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  CMMC ML 1, known as basic cyber hygiene, requires the use of techniques such as antivirus and passwords to control access to FCI. The requirements become more complex reaching Level 5, Optimizing, which requires standardized processes to address Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).

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Maryland CMMC Services

Many Maryland DoD contractors will need assistance performing initial assessments to uncover issues, establish corrective actions, and chart a path toward CMMC readiness.

The CMMC is complex. ML 3 contains 381 discrete cybersecurity requirements spread among 130 practices, and 310 policy/procedure requirements spread among 51 process maturity requirements. The requirements are complex, and our team has almost 20 years of experience providing cybersecurity compliance services across many complex frameworks such as NIST SP 800-171, NIST SP 800-53, HIPAA, and others. As a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO), our team can help DoD prime and subcontractors with the following:

  • Readiness Assessments and Gap Analyses Against the CMMC Framework
  • Assistance with Remediating Gaps Identified during Readiness Assessment
  • Assistance with NIST SIP 800-171 Self-Assessment that is recorded in Supplier Performance Risk System
  • Creating System Security Plans (SSP)
  • Creating Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&M)


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Keiter provides CMMC readiness assessments and remediation services to DoD contractors in Baltimore and across Maryland. If you are interested in learning how we can assist your organization, complete the form below and a team member will follow up promptly.

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About Maryland DOD Contractors

Maryland’s Department of Defense (DOD) contractors form a crucial component of the state’s defense ecosystem. These contractors play a pivotal role in supporting and augmenting the capabilities of various military installations and agencies in the region. Maryland boasts a vibrant defense contracting industry, with numerous companies specializing in aerospace, technology, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.

These contractors work closely with DOD agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Cyber Command, and others to provide cutting-edge solutions, technologies, and services. Their expertise spans a wide range of fields, from developing state-of-the-art cybersecurity systems to manufacturing advanced military equipment.

The collaboration between Maryland’s DOD contractors and the military enhances national security, fosters innovation, and drives economic growth in the state. It’s a partnership that not only benefits the defense community but also contributes significantly to Maryland’s economy and technological advancements. The state’s DOD contractors continue to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the nation’s defense needs, ensuring that the United States remains at the forefront of military technology and capability.

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