Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Honolulu and Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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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Hawaii CMMC Services

Many Hawaii 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 Hawaii. 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 Hawaii DOD Contractors

Hawaii’s defense contractor industry plays a unique and strategically crucial role in the United States’ defense posture, particularly due to the state’s pivotal location in the Pacific. The industry supports a wide range of military operations, from cybersecurity and information technology to logistics, construction, and maintenance of military facilities, reflecting the diverse needs of the numerous military installations spread across the islands, including Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force Base, and Schofield Barracks. Hawaii’s defense contractors are integral to the U.S. military’s readiness and operational capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, providing essential services that facilitate the projection of American power and ensure the security of maritime routes. In 2021, Hawaii saw significant defense spending directed towards local contractors, with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. receiving a notable contract for $212.7 million, underscoring the importance of construction and infrastructure development in supporting the military’s presence. Beyond the immediate contributions to national security, the defense contractor industry in Hawaii also plays a significant economic role, creating jobs, fostering local businesses, and contributing to the islands’ economic diversity. The symbiotic relationship between the military and local contractors not only enhances the state’s strategic importance but also bolsters its economic resilience, making the defense contractor industry a key pillar of Hawaii’s economy and a critical component of the United States’ defense strategy in the Pacific.

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