Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Gulfport and Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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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Mississippi CMMC Services

Many Mississippi 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 Mississippi. 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 Mississippi DOD Contractors

Mississippi’s defense contractor industry, while not as large as those in states like Virginia or California, still plays a pivotal role in the U.S. defense ecosystem and contributes significantly to the state’s economy. Specializing in shipbuilding, aerospace, and unmanned aerial systems, Mississippi hosts key players such as Huntington Ingalls Industries, which operates one of the largest shipyards in the country, specializing in the construction of naval vessels. The state’s strategic location along the Gulf Coast facilitates access to maritime routes, making it ideal for shipbuilding and logistics operations supporting the Department of Defense (DoD). Additionally, Mississippi’s defense contractors manufacture and refurbish military aircraft and vehicles, showcasing the state’s capabilities in aerospace and defense manufacturing. The presence of military installations, such as Naval Air Station Meridian and Keesler Air Force Base, further bolsters the state’s defense contractor industry by providing additional opportunities for local businesses to engage in defense-related activities. This symbiotic relationship between military installations and local contractors enhances Mississippi’s contributions to national security while promoting economic development and job creation within the state. Despite its smaller size, the defense contractor industry in Mississippi is marked by a focus on quality and specialization, making it an essential component of the broader U.S. defense industrial base.

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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