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A Quick Guide to the 5 CMMC Levels

A Quick Guide to the 5 CMMC Levels

In our previous blog, we discussed that one of the key differences between Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the latter’s five maturity levels. 

5 Steps to Prepare for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

5 Steps to Prepare for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

Before you start: Understand the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework   CMMC basics What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

How  to Achieve CMMC Compliance

How  to Achieve CMMC Compliance

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) possesses what is probably the largest supply chain in the world. The DoD works with thousands of contractors and sub-contractors that can pose an enormous cyber risk to national defense. In fact, cybersecurity lapses among DoD contractors allow hostile nations and cybercriminals to steal and expose sensitive information not meant for public eyes.

The Levels of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained

The Levels of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained

If you’re a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor or a subcontractor dealing with somebody who sells to the DoD, you might have already heard about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). If not, then you should know that beginning in late 2020, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), which regulates how DoD contractors should handle certain types of ...

An Introduction to the CMMC Certification

An Introduction to the CMMC Certification

The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector provides products and services that are essential to the military operations of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As such, the sector keeps intellectual property and sensitive information — officially categorized as federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI) — that are highly sought after by ...

CMMC Requirements: What Manufacturers Need to Know

CMMC Requirements: What Manufacturers Need to Know

Contracting with the Department of Defense is a great opportunity to grow your manufacturing business. However, before landing your first contract with the DoD, you’ll need to meet a slew of regulatory compliance requirements. For manufacturing firms new to the game and with no expertise in this area of business, these requirements pose a real challenge. While manufacturing firms who have ...

DFARS & NIST 800-171 - A Compliance Overview

DFARS & NIST 800-171 - A Compliance Overview

You might have landed on this page because you have or are bidding for a contract with the Department of Defense. You’re not alone! Many manufacturers and suppliers are aiming to win contracts with the DoD--one of the largest buyers in the world--as this all but guarantees a steady and reliable revenue stream. But becoming a part of a national supply chain that involves the DoD is not the most ...

DFARS Cybersecurity: Requirements and Compliance

DFARS Cybersecurity: Requirements and Compliance

Businesses that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) understand that there are precise controls for systems that utilize classified data. What might not be as well known are the specs for DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) and the compliance that applies to unclassified information. 

What Is DFARS and What Does it Mean to Be Compliant?

What Is DFARS and What Does it Mean to Be Compliant?

All companies are subject to an extensive set of regulations that relate to important aspects of their business. Noncompliance carries severe punishment or even the risk of discontinued business operations. 

DFARS Regulations and Their Impact On Your Business

DFARS Regulations and Their Impact On Your Business

Cyberattacks against the US military aren’t uncommon, but cyberattacks against military contractors worry defense officials the most. While defense contractors may be party to closely-guarded military secrets—such as designs for advanced weaponry, vehicles, and equipment—they may not be able to marshal the same level of  cyber defense.