Your path to CMMC certification can be daunting, especially for companies who do not have sophisticated CIO/CISO internal organizations. WhiteHawk, as a Cyber Risk prioritization and mitigation online platform, is welcoming the transition to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) because it is the great equalizer. CMMC is enabling all companies and enterprises to have a path to cyber resilience that is tiered to their body of work and level of cyber sophistication.
Any organization that plans to conduct business with the DoD will be required to undergo an audit by an authorized CMMC C3PAO auditor before bidding, winning, and participating on a contract or subcontracting to a prime. All DOD contractors or suppliers will need to achieve at a minimum CMMC Level 1, if they want to continue to do business with the DoD.
A non-profit, independent organization called the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) will accredit CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) and individual auditors. The CMMC-AB will establish a CMMC marketplace with a list of approved C3PAOs from which DIB companies will choose an approved auditing organization.
CMMC has five different certification levels, that reflect the maturity and reliability of a government contractor’s cybersecurity infrastructure to protect both sensitive and proprietary government information. The five levels build upon each other’s technical and policy requirements, including the requirements from the previous level.