Ultimate Guide To CMMC: How To Access Millions In Government Contracts

Ultimate Guide To CMMC: How To Access Millions In Government Contracts
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Ultimate Guide To CMMC: How To Access Millions In Government Contracts

Over $600 BILLION of data in the United States is stolen every year by way of cyber espionage. 

Contractors and sub-contractors are leaking data like it’s their job. The federal government, via NIST and DFARS, created rules and guidelines to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) from falling into the wrong hands, but self-attestation just isn’t working. If you don’t believe me, just check out China’s “Counterfeit Air Force.”

With technology and hackers advancing at break-neck speeds, the US needs to plug the hole in the flow of stolen data and information, but how?

With the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

The CMMC is a new mandate that was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) on January 31, 2020. The DoD is retiring the failed self-attestation of NIST 800-171, NIST 800-52 and DFARS 252.204-7012 and unifying them all by way of CMMC.

This new guideline now requires a CMMC 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to audit your cybersecurity policies, procedures and practices. There are five Maturity Levels (MLs) a contractor can achieve, and they build on top of one another – You can’t reach ML5 without first attaining ML1. The number of security controls your company needs to implement in order to pass the audit depends on the certification level you want to achieve; the ML required will also be included in the contract...

And did you know that you won’t be able to GET a contract unless you actually pass the CMMC audit?

Change can be scary, but it can also be good. In this case, it is necessary for our national security. But knowing that doesn’t make the task any less daunting, especially considering the fact that we have seen a lot of false information floating around about CMMC. So, we have done the work for you by combing through thousands of pages of CMMC rules and regulations and distilling it down to just over 100 pages... We are providing you with the facts; no fluff or BS. Get the current, truthful information your company needs to understand the new CMMC requirements, so that you can safeguard and protect sensitive information and data.

This guide outlines all of the CMMC Controls, CMMC-C005/P1035 (Identify, categorize, and label CUI data), and CMMC-C005/P1036 (Define procedures for the handling of CUI Data). Craig Petronella is the CEO of Petronella Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, a well-known and trusted IT cybersecurity group that holds the top certifications from MIT, IBM and CISSP. Petronella specializes in helping federal contractors and other businesses with CMMC, DFARS, NIST SP 800-53 and NIST SP 800-171 security and compliance.