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Securing Your Defense Contracts with Comprehensive CMMC Compliance

Simplified 4-phase Compliance Solutions Tailored for Defense Contractors

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Navigating the complexities of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) can be a daunting task. At Shellproof Security, we simplify this journey for you, guiding contractors through every essential step towards achieving and maintaining compliance.

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Steps Contractors Need to Take for CMMC

Understanding CMMC

Familiarize yourself with the CMMC levels and requirements. Determine the level of certification that your organization needs based on the kind of work you do with the Department of Defense (DoD).

Partner with a CMMC Expert

Seek guidance from cybersecurity experts like Shellproof Security who specialize in CMMC compliance. Expert guidance can demystify the process and set you on the right path.

Conduct a Self-Assessment

Evaluate your current cybersecurity posture. Identify where you already comply and where improvements are needed.

Implement Necessary Controls

Based on the assessment, implement the required cybersecurity controls and practices to meet your desired CMMC level.

Prepare for the CMMC Audit

Ensure that your organization is ready for the CMMC audit. Organize necessary documentation and ensure that all practices are consistently implemented.

Continuous Compliance

Stay updated with evolving CMMC requirements and continuously improve your cybersecurity practices to maintain compliance.

Simplified 4-phase Compliance Solution

CMMC Diagram

Breakdown of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Levels

Level 1:

  • Objective: To protect Federal Contract Information (FCI).
  • 17 Practices: Involves implementing basic cybersecurity practices. It's focused on the protection of information that is not intended for public release.
  • Assessment: Self-assessment is generally sufficient at this level.

Level 2:

  • Objective: To protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
  • 110 Practices: Requires the implementation of a specific set of practices from the NIST SP 800-171, along with establishing and documenting processes to guide cybersecurity practices.
  • Assessment: Requires a third-party assessment for contractors handling CUI, ensuring a higher level of scrutiny and validation of compliance.

Level 3:

  • Objective: Protecting against advanced persistent threats (APTs) and safeguarding CUI.
  • 110+ Practices: Encompasses advanced and progressive cybersecurity practices. These are designed to protect organizations against sophisticated threats.
  • Assessment: Requires government-led assessments. This level is intended for organizations that are considered critical to national security.


Common CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) Questions

What is CMMC?

The CMMC maturity model is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity measures across the defense industrial base. It includes three levels of cybersecurity maturity, and each level has specific practices and processes that must be implemented to achieve compliance.

How can I prepare for a CMMC audit?

Shellproof Security offers CMMC audit preparation services that provide guidance on the documentation required for audit purposes and help to ensure that all necessary security measures are in place.

What is the timeline for achieving CMMC compliance?

The timeline for achieving CMMC compliance depends on the level of maturity required for your organization. ShellProof can help you evaluate your current cybersecurity posture and develop a roadmap for achieving compliance.

What happens if you find vulnerabilities during Penetration Testing?

If we find vulnerabilities during Penetration Testing, we provide you with a comprehensive report detailing our findings and recommendations. We work with you to address identified vulnerabilities and potential security threats to improve your organization's security posture.

Is CMMC the same as NIST 800-171?

No, NIST 800-171 provides guidelines for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in non-federal systems, relying on self-assessment. CMMC is a certification process that incorporates these standards but requires third-party assessment and includes varying levels of cybersecurity maturity. CMMC not only emphasizes the implementation of cybersecurity practices, but also the institutionalization of processes for managing and improving these practices.

Who needs to comply with CMMC?

All companies that contract directly with the DoD are required to comply with CMMC. This includes prime contractors and their subcontractors at all tiers.

What happens if I don't achieve CMMC compliance?

If you don't achieve CMMC compliance, you may not be eligible to bid on certain government contracts or work with certain government agencies. It can also lead to reputational damage and financial losses due to data breaches or cyber-attacks. If you have any other questions or would like to learn more about our CMMC services, please contact us. Our team of cybersecurity experts is ready to assist you in achieving CMMC compliance and securing your sensitive government data.

What is the cost of achieving CMMC compliance?

The cost of achieving CMMC compliance varies depending on the level of maturity required for your organization and the complexity of your existing security measures. Our cybersecurity company can provide you with a customized quote based on your specific business requirements.

How do you ensure confidentiality during Penetration Testing?

We carry out our testing with the utmost discretion and professionalism. Our team of experts signs non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to ensure the confidentiality of your organization's sensitive information.

How can I learn more about your CMMC services?

If you would like to learn more about our CMMC services or schedule a consultation, please contact us. Our team of cybersecurity experts is ready to assist you in achieving CMMC compliance and securing your sensitive government data.

CMMC Certified Professionals

While some companies value having CMMC registered practitioners on staff. We took our training a step further and are trained to provide CMMC readiness services as well as be involved in CMMC assessment teams. CMMC Professionals are a step up from the Registered Practitioners and help contractors in the Defense Industrial Base on their path to certification against the CMMC standard.

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