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IVTAS is a leading CMMC consultant with a long-standing experience helping DoD contractors and government suppliers achieve and maintain the latest Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework. DoD contractors shouldn’t let their cybersecurity affect the future of their business but rely on IVTAS to deliver the best CMMC compliance services for their unique needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let our senior CMMC consultant lead you through the process of becoming CMMC-compliant.
Any organization working closely with the Department of Defense (DoD) must meet CMMC requirements in order to maintain their contracts and avoid penalties. With the help of the experienced CMMC company, you can have peace of mind knowing that your system and IT infrastructure are protected using the best cybersecurity practices. Thus, you’re much closer to achieving compliance.
IVTAS has many years of experience helping DoD contractors and government suppliers establish a flawless IT infrastructure and adopt the most efficient cybersecurity practices. Our goal is to help you pave the path toward CMMC compliance by understanding the importance of secure office networks and safe data management.
Nationwide CMMC Compliance Support for DoD Sector
Becoming CMMC-compliant is more than just understanding the framework’s requirements. It is a complex process that requires you to implement the best cybersecurity practices to reinforce your IT ecosystem and learn how to store, process, and transmit sensitive data safely.
We understand that this process may be overwhelming for organizations that already have a lot on their plates. For that reason, cybersecurity experts from IVTAS create an efficient and easy-to-understand plan to guide you through the essence of becoming CMMC-compliant while adopting the most secure practices to take your cybersecurity to new heights.
You and your organization can count on us to provide the following CMMC services:
- FREE CMMC assessment
- A complete evaluation report
- A thorough security plan for becoming CMMC-compliant
- Presenting the roadmap for achieving CMMC compliance
- Implementing the best practices to strengthen your cybersecurity
- Viable strategies to ensure your organization maintains compliance
- Foolproof endpoint protection
- Creating a security incident response plan
- Intrusion detection and response
- Multi-factor authentication for improved security
BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH US
Why Choose IVTAS CMMC Services?
We understand that every organization is different and has specific goals. Therefore, IVTAS provides customized CMMC consulting services to align with your unique mission and help you dive into a bright future.
Regardless of the project, you do for the government or the DoD, IVTAS ensures you operate in a 100% safe and protected IT environment. Do you need more reasons to choose us?
- Initial CMMC audit for FREE
- Proactive network monitoring
- On-time reporting
- Efficient risk mitigation
- Most advanced cybersecurity practices
- Evaluation of your current compliance levels to see whether you’re fully compliant with the newest changes in the CMMC framework
- Affordable prices
- 24/7 available on-site, email, and chat CMMC IT support
Achieve Compliance on All 5 CMMC Levels
There are 5 levels of the CMMC framework, and each of them refers to a certain amount of sensitive data protection a company must meet. The compliance level an organization must achieve to collaborate with the DoD depends on the sensitivity of the information it deals with. In order to advance to a higher degree, an organization must meet the requirements of all the preceding lower CMMC compliance levels.
CMMC Level 1
The first CMMC level is also known as Basic Cyber Hygiene. It includes fundamental cybersecurity practices and refers to organizations that adopt universally accepted security measures. Seventeen security procedures are included in this level, and a company must fully incorporate all of them.
CMMC Level 2
Intermediate Cyber Hygiene is the second CMMC level. It requires DoD companies to implement standard operating procedures, policies, and strategic plans to enforce their cybersecurity practices. It includes 55 security methods more than the first level. Companies at this stage must document all the processes and access CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) via a multi-factor authentication process only.
CMMC Level 3
The third CMMC degree is also known as Good Cyber Hygiene. It states that the organizations that process or access CUI must employ controls in line with the NIST SP 800-171 Rev1 framework. Good Cyber Hygiene has 58 more practices than the second level, and all of them aim to increase the defense of the company’s assets and CUI.
CMMC Level 4
The CMMC compliance level 4 is known as Proactive Cyber Hygiene. Contractors at this level should be able to employ sophisticated cybersecurity measures, review, and improve all the most important processes within the company. An organization is also expected to align its protection to the evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP).
CMMC Level 5
Advanced or Progressive Cyber Hygiene is another term for level 5 of the CMMC compliance. This is the highest level at which companies need to optimize their cybersecurity practices, use them against APTs (advanced persistent threats) and safeguard the process implementation within the organization.
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What is CMMC Compliance?
The goal of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance is to establish rigid standards for DoD contractors and all small and midsized businesses seeking collaboration with the Department of Defense. These standards suggest implementing advanced measures to protect sensitive information from sophisticated cyber threats.
CMMC aims to safeguard the two principal information from unauthorized access or illegal disclosure:
- CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information): CUI is any information created and owned by the government. According to the acting laws and regulations, CUI must be properly secured as its potential loss could pose severe risks to national security.
- FCI (Federal Contract Information): FCI is any information provided by the government. It is created under a contract to develop a product or a service to the government, and it’s not intended for public release.
Who Needs CMMC Compliance?
DoD consultants, government security contractors, and all organizations seeking collaboration with the Department of Defense must have CMMC certification in place to continue delivering their products or services to the DoD. It also refers to all domestic and foreign suppliers and small and midsize businesses.
CMMC compliance applies to DoD prime contractors and subcontractors to verify that all the contracts are realized legally and according to regulations.
How Does CMMC Compliance Apply to Contractors?
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification could bring drastic changes to the way DoD contractors conduct their business. These changes may occur on 3 levels:
1. Cybersecurity Becomes a Necessity
All the businesses working closely with the DoD will be required to implement advanced cybersecurity measures and meet certain standards that weren’t mandatory before.
While CMMC does impact the way small businesses conduct their daily work-related tasks, it also helps them in the following terms:
- Prevents several agencies from conducting security evaluations on one entity simultaneously;
- By undergoing independent assessment, every DoD consultant’s and contractor’s cybersecurity will be reviewed in the same, unbiased manner;
- Thanks to unbiased third-party cybersecurity evaluations, organizations won’t be able to present their cybersecurity in a deceptive manner. It significantly reduces the risk of misleading claims.
3. Third-Party Cybersecurity Assessment
From now, third-party agencies will evaluate the DoD contractor’s cybersecurity and CMMC compliance. A government contracting consultant will be able to perform comprehensive analyses and all the necessary assessment methods to ensure the contractor operates their tasks in a 100% safe IT environment.
2. Potential Exclusions
Companies that want to work with the DoD and don’t meet any of the CMMC compliance levels are at risk of being disqualified from the selection process.
CMMC Compliance Checklist: How to Achieve CMMC Compliance?
Companies handling sensitive information, whether CUI or FCI, can achieve CMMC compliance through their in-house resources or by hiring a reliable cybersecurity company. By creating a safe IT environment, DoD contractors can achieve compliance more quickly and get the necessary certificate for their further projects.
You can achieve CMMC certification through 4 essential steps:
- Implement an SSP (System Security Plan) and POA&M (Plan of Action and Milestones);
- Upgrade your existing IT ecosystem according to NIST 800-171 r2 framework;
- Migrate your data to the cloud of your choice (Office 365 GCC High or similar)
- Plan your budget for compliance, support, system upgrades, and Management Information System (MIS).
Understanding CMMC Timeline
The most important dates and events in the history of CMMC compliance are:
- 2019: The CMMC draft and timeline were announced.
- 2020: In January 2020, the CMMC concept was finalized. However, it was delayed in June for the first time and again in September. In November 2020, CMMC finally became effective, and the first 3 levels were defined.
- 2021 – 2025: New requests for proposal (RFPs) require CMMC certification over a five-year phase-in.
Benefits of CMMC Compliance
Besides allowing you to participate in defense contracts, CMMC compliance provides the following advantages:
- Reduces risks of cyber threats affecting national security
- Fewer data breaches
- Mitigates risks of incidents that could cost over $3.5 million
- Eliminates the risks of inside threats
- Establishes compliance with HIPAA, NIST, FISMA, SOX, and ISO.
IVTAS: #1 CMMC Compliance Services for DoD Contractors
If you’re a DoD contractor that’s looking forward to a long-term collaboration with the Department of Defense, you can rely on IVTAS to perform a comprehensive CMMC assessment and implement the best cybersecurity practices in line with your business requirements. Please call (858) 769-5393 to discuss your options for starting a new chapter in your business.