Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – CMMC Compliance

Charleston, Sumter, and South Carolina Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and subcontractors will soon be required to comply with the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 standard. The new standard is designed to help counteract the significant increase in the compromises of sensitive defense information 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 must comply 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 South Carolina 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 a Level 5, Optimizing, which requires standardized processes to address Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).

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Charleston CMMC Services

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

The CMMC is complex. ML 3 contains 381 discrete cybersecurity requirements spread among 130 practices, and 310 policy/procedure requirements spread among 51process 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 across South Carolina including Charleston and Sumter.  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 Charleston’s DoD Contractors

Charleston’s Department of Defense (DOD) contractors are integral to the city’s role in national defense and maritime operations. Charleston is home to key military installations like Joint Base Charleston and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, making it a critical hub for defense-related activities.

DOD contractors in Charleston specialize in a wide range of fields, including shipbuilding, technology development, logistics, and cybersecurity. They work closely with military agencies to provide essential products and services that support the nation’s defense capabilities.

The presence of DOD contractors in Charleston not only strengthens national security but also boosts the local economy by creating jobs and fostering innovation. These contractors contribute significantly to the readiness and effectiveness of the United States’ military and defense infrastructure, ensuring that Charleston remains a key player in the nation’s defense efforts.

National Reach

We also provide CMMC services to Department of Defense Contractors in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine,  Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas,  Vermont, the state of Washington, and Washington DC.

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