Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Birmingham and Alabama 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 five years, CMMC includes 5 maturity levels based on a Birmingham 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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Birmingham (AL) CMMC Services

Many Birmingham 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 the 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 Alabama 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 Birmingham’s DOD Contractors

Alabama’s defense contractor industry is a vital pillar of its economy and plays a crucial role in the United States’ defense and aerospace sectors. The state is home to a diverse array of defense contractors, ranging from large corporations to small businesses, specializing in areas such as missile defense, aerospace engineering, cybersecurity, and information technology. A significant player is Boeing, with Alabama hosting key operations that contribute to the nation’s space and defense endeavors. In 2021, the state saw defense contracts amounting to $12.2 billion, with Boeing securing contracts worth $2.1 billion, highlighting the scale and impact of the industry within the state. Huntsville, known as “Rocket City,” epitomizes the state’s defense and aerospace hub, hosting the Redstone Arsenal, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and a multitude of defense contractors. This concentration of defense activity has fostered a rich ecosystem of innovation and technological advancement, making Alabama a critical player in national security and defense readiness. The state’s defense contractors not only support the U.S. military’s capabilities but also contribute significantly to Alabama’s economic development and job creation, underlining the symbiotic relationship between national defense priorities and local economic health.

 

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