CMMC Auditor Philadelphia, PA

Every organization that is currently contracted with the Department of Defense (DoD) or hopes to auction a contract will need to receive a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. In the near future, a CMMC auditor is going to come knocking at your door in Philadelphia, PA.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has begun rolling out the new verification mechanism, requiring all current and potential partners with the United States Government to hold themselves to new, higher standards regarding the distribution and management of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). What this means for you, in regards to attaining this certification, is a new perspective on what needs to change about your company to reach compliance.

Historically, the predecessor to the CMMC was NIST 800-171, with the critical difference being the leniency in assessment. Before the CMMC regulations, companies could self-assess to determine readiness. Now? The DoD will decide if you’re ready. Domain Technology Group knows better than anyone that getting CMMC accreditation is no walk in the park, but we’re there to help you through it.

CMMC Auditor Philadelphia, PA

What Standards You Need to Meet

Readying your company for an audit essentially requires an internal audit ahead of time. Taking stock of your infrastructure, assets, and security measures prior to receiving the official auditor provides analytical insights into what needs to change in anticipation of a coming certification. Achieving compliance regarding best practices and processes your cybersecurity system, however, is a tough bar to reach without guidance and reference.

Enter NIST SP 800-53, a catalogue that details various security and privacy controls needed to be compliant with DoD standards. While previous versions of this document would not have guaranteed compliance for DoD-recognized contractors, the recent Rev 5 update provided new insight into the changes needed to effectively secure any organization in any sector. Significant changes to NIST SP 800-53 since its last iteration include:

  • Making controls outcome-based
  • Consolidating the control catalog
  • Integrating supply chain risk management.
  • Separating the control selection process from the controls
  • Transferring control baselines and tailoring guidance to a separate publication
  • Improving descriptions of content relationships
  • Adding new state-of-the-practice controls

Improving cybersecurity maturity takes time, constant improvement, and organic growth to reach the levels the DoD expects. NIST 800-53 Rev 5 lists what you can do to proactively work toward CMMC accreditation, but the road there takes genuine work and honest evaluation of your company’s best practices, processes, solutions, and protective measures for CUI.

One thing is almost certainly guaranteed: no matter how much you think you’re ready, there’s always something that needs to change.

Facilitating Cybersecurity System Change

Cybersecurity is a centerpiece for Domain Technology Group, and establishing the foundational requirements for achieving CMMC accreditation is a challenge our company is remarkably prepared for. With intimate experience implementing other Maturity Models for organizations like the Federal Financial Institute Examination Counsel (FFIEC), we are uniquely qualified to help change, evolve, and update your cybersecurity system to meet DoD requirements.

The CMMC is a game changer, and while losing the comfort of self-assessment to determine reliability and security for the DoD will be missed, being held to higher standards reflects better on your company as a whole. By the time the CMMC auditor assesses your company in Philadelphia, PA, you should be more than qualified to receive your certification with Domain Technology Group supporting you. If you’re interested in a partnership, visit our contact page so we can get started.