CMMC Auditors Virginia

With NIST rolling out CMMC regulations since September, CMMC auditors are now responsible for determining if your business in Virginia is capable of contracting with the DoD.

No matter how prepared you may think you are to receive your CMMC, you’re still going to need to update your cybersecurity practices and technologies to meet the new expected standards set forth by the DoD. Historically, contractors were able to self-assess their own readiness to handle CUI, providing a certain amount of leniency in how your company would be handling, distributing, and managing sensitive information in DIB databases.

With the option to self-assess no longer available, ensuring you’re prepared to meet the DoD’s standards necessitates leveraging the expertise of a company highly experienced in this field. Domain Technology Group has intimate knowledge working with Maturity Models and completing multiple assessments for the FFIEC with the NIST framework. If you’re planning on achieving compliance, using NIST Special Papers and frameworks as reference is the best method for fulfilling protection requirements.

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Using NIST Resources

The NIST is the go-to source for ensuring compliance with DoD standards, drawing on years of continuously updated resources to inform contractors about how to improve their processes, security, risk management, and policies to reflect capable cybersecurity measures. While they possess a wealth of information to choose from, the SP most relevant to preparing for your CMMC audit is NIST SP 800-53.

Recently, NIST released the 5th revision for the 800-53, updating the document with valuable information regarding the building and renovating of security, privacy, and chain risk management programs. Multiple new changes added since the last revision are specially designed to elevate a company’s system control, providing everything needed to ensure any contractor can effectively secure their network.

Any contractor doing business with the DoD is responsible for managing, securing, and protecting organizational assets from compromise via natural disaster, cyberattacks, data breaches, foreign intrusions, and so on. The predecessor to the CMMC, NIST 800-171, was the previous framework by which contractors assessed their DoD-recognized compliance. However, since CMMC has phased out the NIST 800-171, the SP 800-53 Rev 5 has provided pivotal insight into what core security and privacy controls need to be revamped in preparation for certification.

Differences Between CMMC and NIST 800-171

The NIST 800-171 was a thorough framework that provided adequate standards for proving contractors could interface with DIB systems responsibly and effectively. However, since the DoD is now taking a personal interest in the quality of their contractors, the CMMC was designed with far more stringent regulations and cybersecurity standards compared to its predecessor.

Some of the key differentiators between the purposes of these frameworks include:

  • More assessment domain categories
  • The addition of process maturity
  • A focus on cyber threat development
  • Certification by CMMC assessors
  • CMMC requirements for RFIs and RFPs
  • CMMC security levels

Just because your company was compliant with NIST 800-171 doesn’t mean that it’s compliant with CMMC, and vice versa. Thoroughly examining, self-assessing, analyzing, and implementing organic infrastructure cybersecurity changes to build and renovate your security measures in anticipation of the audit is the only way you’ll be confident in your ability to impress your assessor.

Given time, any and every Virginia contractor intent on working with the DoD will have to receive their CMMC. Putting off the CMMC auditor is only buying time; eventually you’ll have to prove your company’s reliability and cybersecurity integrity. Domain Technology Group has the expertise and resources to ensure you’ll be ready for them. If you’re interested in a partnership, visit our contact page so we can get started.