What is CMMC Compliance?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a vital program initiated by the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) from increasing cyber threats. CMMC consists of three levels: Foundational, Advanced and Expert, with the primary focus being to enhance the security of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI) shared within the DIB.
CMMC builds upon existing trust-based regulations (DFARS 252.204-7012) by incorporating a verification component for cybersecurity requirements. It was developed by the DoD's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment in collaboration with various stakeholders, research centers, and industry experts.
Who is Subject to CMMC Compliance?
All DoD prime- and sub-contractors bidding on contracts with the CMMC DFARS clause must obtain CMMC compliance before contract award. The required certification level (Foundational-LEVEL 1, Advanced-LEVEL 2, Expert-LEVEL 3) is specified in the DoD contract. Additionally, DIB members, including small businesses, are encouraged to understand CMMC's technical requirements for long-term cybersecurity readiness.
CMMC's design ensures that even small businesses can implement cost-effective controls at lower certification levels, fostering a more secure DIB ecosystem. Get Started on CMMC Compliance Now!
Understanding CMMC L1 & L2
CMMC Level 1, focused on "Basic Cyber Hygiene," is about safeguarding Federal Contract Information (FCI). It’s the foundational step in demonstrating your commitment to cybersecurity, encompassing 17 practices that form the bedrock of information protection.
Level 2 serves as a bridge between basic and advanced cyber hygiene, a transitional stage introducing "Intermediate Cyber Hygiene" standards. Achieving this level indicates your readiness to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) with 72 practices across 17 domains, setting you apart in the marketplace.
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The Roadmap to Achieving CMMC Compliance
To embark on the journey to CMMC Compliance, organizations need to:
Understand the Requirements:
Familiarize yourself with the specific CMMC requirements for your contract.
Assess Your Current State:
Evaluate your organization's cybersecurity posture and identify gaps.
Implement Necessary Controls:
Implement the required security controls and practices.
Prepare for Assessment:
Prepare documentation and practices for assessment by a 3rd party assessor (3PAO).
Undergo an assessment by a 3PAO to achieve CMMC Compliance.
Enabling Your CMMC Compliance
As you navigate the path to CMMC Compliance, IronOrbit is here to assist you:
Alignment to NIST 800 Standards (LEVEL 1)
Let IronOrbit guide you in the pursuit of NIST 800-171/172. We've done it to our INFINITY Workspaces.
(LEVEL 2) Readiness
We will prepare you to be assessed at LEVEL 2 (Advanced) once our recommendations are ratified.
For clients requiring the highest level of security, IronOrbit will assist with your NIST 800-172 compliance.
Our certified cloud simplifies the sub-contractor portion of your CMMC assessment.
vCISO Professional Services
We provide comprehensive ongoing vCISO services, including assistance with security and regulatory requirements to keep you compliant.
CMMC Compliance Maturity Levels
LEVEL 1 - Foundational
Basic cyber hygiene practices to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI).
LEVEL 2 - Advanced
Institutionalized management plans to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) by meeting NIST 800-171 r2 security requirements and processes.
LEVEL 3 - Expert
Standardized and optimized processes, enhanced practices to detect and respond to advanced persistent threats (APTs).
Your Path to CMMC Certification
IronOrbit Can Get You CMMC Certified
As you navigate the path to CMMC certification, IronOrbit is here to assist you:
Our seasoned cybersecurity professionals possess deep knowledge of the DIB landscape and regulatory standards.
We employ strategic, field-tested approaches for swift, efficient, and thorough compliance.
We believe robust cybersecurity should be accessible to all, especially small and mid-sized businesses playing a crucial role in the DIB.
Our support teams are always on standby to address your concerns and navigate through any arising cybersecurity challenges.
“Ransomware attacks are a tremendous concern. For us, as government contractors, we need to be very protective and careful with the information that we have. IronOrbit provides the security we need and gives us that level of comfort.”
Jennifer Howe - VP, SMMA
"The government has been getting increasingly strict with its demands for security compliance. Because of IronOrbit's security team, we are now more competitive and ahead of the game."
Henry Bedollar - Contracts Administrator, BAS/MacroZ Technology
“Cybersecurity is critical and essential to keep systems and processes running, food safe, and the supply chain intact. For a long time, security has been a concern that has weighed heavily on me. It’s always the simplest attack that can have the most serious consequences. IronOrbit has the expertise we need. They have a comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity. I rest easier at night knowing IronOrbit protects our data and infrastructure.”
John Solovy - President, Golden West Food Group
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