The year 2020 taught us a lot of valuable lessons, some of those lessons have sparked new certification requirements across all industries. In our Certs with Certainty webinar series; we will review new certifications, guidelines, assessment preparations, and best practices. The first session was focused on the basics of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Our speaker, Joe Guarini, has earned his CMMC Registered Practitioner (RP) role. As an RP, he is a qualified and knowledgeable source at Peters & Associates! Below is an overview of the what, who, and why of CMMC.
What is CMMCC?
Before diving into the nitty-gritty of CMMC, we need to define CMMC. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC, is designed to build off of existing Department of Defense (DoD) frameworks. Due to the rise in cyber attacks in recent years, industry leaders, like the DoD, have been pressured to develop more secure guidance for vendors. The additions to this framework help to better protect information that is shared between the DoD and manufacturers.
Who is affected?
The organizations that are required to earn their CMMC certification are manufacturers that work with the DoD or the DoD’s vendors. The manufacturers can range from large distributors to mom-and-pop shops. The size of the organization does not determine the need for CMMC, rather their involvement with the DoD. Whether you provide the DoD with silverware, major parts, or dyeing parts; you will need to be certified.
Why do I need to be certified?
If you are a manufacturer who works with the DoD, you will need to prove that you have achieved your CMMC certification. Within the CMMC certification, there are 5 different levels of certification. Each level builds off of the previous level. As you move up the scale, you will need to prove more detailed procedures for a strong cybersecurity posture.
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification can be overwhelming to take on by yourself, but we can help! By working with Joe on your CMMC preparation, you will receive access to special CMMC tools and one-on-one coaching from Joe himself. To learn more about CMMC, or getting started on the preparation process, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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