Denver, Colorado Springs, and other Colorado 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 Colorado 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).
Denver CMMC Services
Many Denver 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)
About Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is also home to several military installations, including the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, and Peterson Air Force Base. The city has a strong military presence and a deep respect for those who serve in the armed forces.
In addition to its natural attractions and military presence, Colorado Springs has a diverse economy with strong industries in healthcare, technology, and tourism. The city is a popular destination for conventions and trade shows, with several large convention centers and hotels in the downtown area.
We also provide CMMC services to DoD contractors in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Virginia.