CMMC Cybersecurity Audits

For those of you not already in the know, contractors currently working with the Department of Defense (DoD) are going to have a few new standards to meet. To ensure proper care, security, and protection for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), the DoD has implemented a new verification system for any contractors involved with sensitive proceedings. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) acknowledges that any given contractor meets the requirements to adequately configure cybersecurity controls and processes for any CUI contained within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) systems and networks, usually deduced through CMMC cybersecurity audits.

With the longform terms and descriptions primarily covered, the gist of what this entails is as follows: The DoD wants to make sure that any contractors dealing with sensitive but unclassified information possess the ability and integrity to responsibly handle any CUI they’re involved with. This may include health documents, information relating to legal proceedings, or personal information pertaining to individuals and organizations. This information might not be top secret, but it must be managed effectively for national security.

CMMC guidelines are essentially asking if your company is reliable enough to work with the DoD. Domain Technology Group has always placed an emphasis on cybersecurity, and given our history working with NIST frameworks with separate Maturity Models, we can help ensure your business is up to snuff. If you want to work with the United States Government, you need to be sure you can pass an audit.

CMMC Cybersecurity Audits

Preparing for a CMMC Cybersecurity Audit

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. But again, the question comes up: What steps should you take to pass the audit?

As with most sensitive projects, outlining your approach to reorganizing your cybersecurity systems for CMMC and NIST compliance should be taken one step at a time. Some of these steps should include:

  • Perform a risk assessment
  • Write a systems security plan
  • Prepare for incident management
  • Determine which security level is best suited for your company
  • Understand your CUI environment
  • Assess and quantify expenses to remediate your cybersecurity measures
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement
  • Build a compliance roadmap

Given Domain Technology Group’s experience with past Maturity Models for the Federal Financial Institute Examination Counsel (FFIEC), we have the professional expertise needed to walk your organization through a comprehensive analysis, assessment, and remediation protocols for aligning your cybersecurity structures with CMMC compliance.

Have an Expert in Your Corner

The DoD’s standards are not easily met, nor should they be expected to be. The type of data stored in the DIB could have a monumental impact on the nation’s security if compromised through cyber attacks, data breaches, human errors, structural failures, or other unforeseen catastrophe. Receiving a CMMC not only provides accessibility to new contracts, it’s a testament to the integrity and quality of your company’s security.

CMMC cybersecurity audits may sound scary, but they’re a necessary part of assessing your commitment to protecting and managing CUI in your care. Domain Technology Group can provide the keen advantage needed to effectively prepare for it in advance. If you’re interested in a partnership, visit our contact page so we can get started.