Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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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Washington DC CMMC Services

Many Washington DC 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 Washington DC. 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 Washington DC’s DOD Contractors

The defense contractor industry in Washington state is a significant component of both the local and national economy, underscored by its substantial contributions to the U.S. defense sector. Washington, known for its technological innovation and manufacturing capabilities, hosts a variety of defense contractors that specialize in aerospace, maritime systems, cybersecurity, and advanced technology development. This industry is bolstered by the presence of major companies like Boeing Defense, Space & Security, a leading global aerospace company, which plays a pivotal role in the region’s defense sector through the production of military aircraft, satellite systems, and advanced information and communication systems. Additionally, the state benefits from a network of smaller contractors and suppliers that contribute to the defense ecosystem, providing a range of services from engineering solutions to logistical support. These contractors collectively support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in maintaining national security, underlining Washington’s strategic importance to military readiness and technological advancement. The synergy between the state’s robust technological sector and its defense contractors fosters innovation and ensures that the U.S. armed forces have access to state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities.

 

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