Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – CMMC Compliance

Chicago, Naperville, and other Illinois 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 an Illinois 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 with Level 5, Optimizing, which requires standardized processes to address Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).

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Chicago CMMC Services

Many Chicago 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 SP 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 Illinois including in Chicago and Naperville. 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 Illinois DoD Contractors

Illinois’s Department of Defense (DOD) contractors are vital contributors to national security and technological advancement. The state hosts a dynamic and diverse community of defense contractors, specializing in various fields such as aerospace, technology, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.

These contractors collaborate closely with DOD agencies and military installations like Scott Air Force Base and Rock Island Arsenal. They are at the forefront of developing cutting-edge defense technologies, systems, and solutions, contributing significantly to the nation’s defense capabilities.

Illinois’s DOD contractors also have a significant economic impact on the state by creating jobs and fostering innovation. Their commitment to excellence and their partnership with the military ensure that the United States remains a leader in military technology and readiness. Illinois’s defense contractors play a pivotal role in supporting national defense efforts while driving economic growth and technological advancement within the state.

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