Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
The United States Department of Defense has mplemented the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework to normalize and standardize cybersecurity preparedness across the federal government’s defense industrial base (DIB). The primary goal of the certification is to improve the surety and security of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI) that is in the possession and use of their federal contractors.
In 2019, the DoD awarded a total of $382.6 billion in defense contracts across 300,000 contractors. Approximately 50% of that budget is allocated to small & medium sized contractors. With the global rise in cybercrimes and collective drain on the global GDP, it is imperative that the vast network of contractors follow a regimented security framework to protect the data and reduce the overall risk of the DIB.
By year 2026, all DoD vendors would require to be CMMC certified
The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, stated as of September 2020, DoD has begun requiring certain companies to certify with the RFP process that they at least meet certain basic level of cybersecurity standards and that CMMC will be a requirement of all new DoD requests for proposals beginning in 2026. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is a program to measure their defense contractors’ capabilities, readiness, and sophistication in the area of cybersecurity. The CMMC framework is a collection of processes, several frameworks and inputs other from existing cybersecurity standards such as NIST, FAR, and DFARS.
Accorian has a tried-and-true process for working through complex, long-term projects using a process similar to our multi-framework engagements. Organizing all assets, conducting a thorough assessment of current gaps, putting in place policies and procedures, and developing and executing a roadmap for remediation to ensure that you are fully compliant now, and can continue to build on that security infrastructure as you scale and the environment changes.