CMMC Compliance

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is a cybersecurity program developed by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). It is a standard and an industry best practice that organizations dealing with the Department of Defense (DoD) are required to comply with. The framework is designed to measure the defense contractor’s capability, and readiness, in mitigating cybersecurity threats prevailing in the industry. The CMMC Compliance framework is a collection of processes and security implementations of various cybersecurity standards such as NIST, FAR, and DFARS. Achieving CMMC Certification of Compliance simply suggests the level of maturity an organization’s current cybersecurity initiative stands at in the industry. The primary objective of attaining the certification is to improve the security of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI) that is in the possession and use of their federal contractors.

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    Our Approach to CMMC Compliance

    Initial study
    Initial study

    Conduct an initial study of the business to understand the business processes, the environment and accordingly consolidate the scope.

    Scope Definition
    Scope Definition

    Our team spends significant time with your team to determine IT systems and controls that need to be secured and audited.

    Gap Analysis
    Gap Analysis

    Assess your organization's current compliance status against the CMMC standard to identify areas that need to be addressed.

    Data & Asset Classification
    Data & Asset Classification

    Identify your sensitive data and assets, and classify them to create an asset inventory.

    Risk Assessment
    Risk Assessment

    Our team conducts a comprehensive Risk Assessment to identify weak areas that could be exploited and lead to an incident of breach.

    Risk Treatment
    Risk Treatment

    Our team helps you build strategies and appropriate Risk Treatment measures to help bridge gaps and strengthen security systems. We also assist you in developing and implementing a data breach management response that can blend with your existing Incident Response Plan.

    Product/Application Assessment
    Product/Application Assessment

    Our team assesses the system and process against the standard requirements to ensure CMMC compliance.

    User Training
    User Training

    Our team of experts will conduct User Training programs for all personnel covered in scope on their specific CMMC Compliance responsibilities. Training materials for future use shall be provided.

    Documentation Support
    Documentation Support

    Develop effective documentation for your organization as per the CMMC requirements.

    Policy Rollout Support
    Policy Rollout Support

    We will help you build and rollout effective policies and procedures for your organization, pertaining to CMMC Compliance.

    Compliance Audit
    Compliance Audit

    After a reasonable gestation period, a separate team of experts conducts a Pre-assessment of your setup and ensures all measures are implemented.

    Certification Support
    Certification Support

    Our team will provide you with complete support and assistance in helping you achieve certification from external auditors.

    Continual support
    Continual support

    If required we can extend our continual support by offering you Managed Compliance Services to help your organization stay certified.

    CMMC Compliance

    Why work with VISTA InfoSec?

    Vendor Neutral - We believe in being your true consulting / audit partners by not indulging in sales of hardware/software that results in bias suggestions.
    Strictly No Outsourcing - We value your trust in us so we do not outsource your critical assignments to a third party.
    Industry Expertise - We will share industry-specific insight and provide relevant recommendations for achieving your goals of risk assessment.
    Years of Experience - Your organization will benefit from our decade-long years of Industry experience and knowledge.
    Cross-Industry and platform Expertise - We provide various risk assessment services including penetration tests and vulnerability assessments, underlying infrastructure assessments, etc. based on your requirement.
    Detailed project plans and testing methodology - Our experts will provide your team with a detailed project plan and testing methodology that will prevent downtime.
    Reports detailing the analysis finding - We will provide you with documents detailing the finding with evidence, risk analysis, and provide relevant recommendations for the same.
    Transparency in the process - We are known for our efficiency and transparency in our work culture and work process.
    End-to-end support - Our team will hand-hold you at every stage/process of the vendor third-party risk management and guide you in critical decision making.
    Actionable recommendations - Our team provides remediation to mitigate the risks and help you make an informed decision for your business.
    Robust security & risk management solution - Provide a comprehensive solution designed to your business requirements.
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    Frequently Asked Questions on CMMC Compliance

    Yes. November 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced “CMMC 2.0,” an updated program of Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The below-given table broadly outlines the key changes introduced in the latest version of CMMC 2.0 by the DoD.

    TitlesCMMC1.0CMMC2.0
    Levels 1. CMMC 1.0 included 5 progressive levels from Basic to Advanced.

    2. CMMC Levels 2 and 4 intended as transition stages between Levels 1, 3, and 5.
    CMMC 2.0 includes 3 progressive levels:

    • Foundational Level 1 (same as the CMMC 1.0 level 1)

    • Advanced Level 2 (same as CMMC 1.0 level 3)

    • Expert Level 3 (same as CMMMC 1.0 level 5)
    Requirements at each level of CMMC 1. Requirements include cybersecurity standards and maturity processes at each level.

    2. Cybersecurity standards consist of certain requirements from NIST SP 800-171 as well as CMMC-unique standards.
    1. Eliminates all maturity processes

    2. Eliminates all CMMC unique security practices:

    • Advanced Level 2 will mirror NIST SP 800-171 (110 security practices)

    • Expert Level 3 will be based on a subset of NIST SP 800-172 requirements
    Additional Changes in CMMC 1. Allows annual self-assessments with an annual affirmation by DIB company leadership for CMMC Level 2.

    2. Bifurcate CMMC Level 3 requirements to identify prioritized acquisitions that require independent assessment, non-prioritized acquisitions that require annual self-assessment, annual company affirmation.

    From the certification perspective NIST 800-171 Compliance does not offer any certification. For NIST 800-171 Compliance, organizations are simply expected to conduct self-assessments to ensure they meet cybersecurity criteria. So coming to the question that whether CMMC 2.0 requires NIST 800-171 Compliance certification is not applicable. However, CMMC 2.0 is aligned with NIST 800-171 and encompasses all of its requirements including standards for access control, personnel security, risk assessment, security assessments, and more. CMMC 2.0 further includes three new cyber security domains to its standards. So, if you were NIST 800-171 Compliant it would have definitely given your CMMC Compliance project a good head start and made the process simple and quick. But you can directly start with CMMC Version2.0 without having achieved NIST 800-171 compliance.

    CMMC 1.0 had 5 levels for the certification process but in the updated new version of CMMC 2.0 there are just 3 levels which includes
    • Foundational Level 1 (same as the CMMC 1.0 level 1)
    • Advanced Level 2 (same as CMMC 1.0 level 3)
    • Expert Level 3 (same as CMMMC 1.0 level 5)

    Once CMMC 2.0 is enforced, self-assessments, associated with Level 1 and a subset of Level 2 programs, will be required on an annual basis. While Third-party and government-led assessments, associated with some Level 2 and all Level 3 programs, need to be conducted every 3 years.

    Once CMMC 2.0 is enforced, DoD will only accept CMMC assessments by an authorized and accredited C3PAO or certified CMMC Assessor, and C3PAOs shall use only certified CMMC assessors for performing CMMC assessments.

    If a DIB company does not process, store, or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) on its unclassified network, but the process, store or handle Federal Contract Information (FCI), then it must perform a CMMC Level 1 self-assessment and submit the results with an annual affirmation by a senior company official.

    The CMMC assessment costs depend on several factors including the CMMC level, and the complexity of the DIB Company’s unclassified network for the certification. But the cost, in general, would start at $25000.

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