Why Encryption Is So Vital to the DoD CMMC Compliance Framework

Why Encryption Is So Vital to the DoD CMMC Compliance Framework

Encryption is one of the most important features of the DoD CMMC framework, as well as any healthy cybersecurity posture. Every organization should deploy encryption across all systems which store, process, or transmit potentially sensitive information. Not only is encryption of all controlled unclassified information (CUI) pertaining to the Department of defense mandatory – it will also protect ...

Security Awareness Training: A Must for DoD CMMC Compliance

Security Awareness Training: A Must for DoD CMMC Compliance

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a cohesive cybersecurity standard based on various security frameworks, including NIST SP 800-171 and the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). It features five cybersecurity maturity levels and 17 domains that outline specific requirements that Department of Defense (DoD) contractors must meet before they can work on ...

Is Your Company Ready To Pass a CMMC Compliance Audit?

Is Your Company Ready To Pass a CMMC Compliance Audit?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a unified cybersecurity standard for protecting controlled unclassified information (CUI) pertaining to the Department of Defense. The DoD has one of the world’s biggest supply chains, spanning over 300,000 organizations. Any organization that’s part of that supply chain in any capacity, or is considering signing off contracts with the DoD ...

5 Things DoD contractors need to do before the CMMC compliance deadline

5 Things DoD contractors need to do before the CMMC compliance deadline

The official CMMC requirements, released in January 2020, specifies that organizations in the defense supply chain will need a third-party security assessment before they are awarded a certification. The first round of assessors is now in the process of being trained, and it’s likely that the first CMMC audits will be carried out early next year or possibly earlier. Despite the ongoing pandemic, ...

7 Reasons Why You Need a CMMC Assessment and How Charles IT Can Help

7 Reasons Why You Need a CMMC Assessment and How Charles IT Can Help

The defense industrial base (DIB) is one the world’s biggest supply chains, comprising more than 300,000 organizations. This includes any business or institution which has contracts with the US DoD, a supplier portfolio that ranges from universities which carry out critical research to enterprises that product, deliver, and operate military systems.

CMMC News You Need to Know: Regulations Still on the Way

CMMC News You Need to Know: Regulations Still on the Way

The regulatory landscape is constantly changing to the extent many organizations are finding it hard to keep up. However, achieving and maintaining compliance is critical for holding on to lucrative contracts, as well as expanding into new markets. For organizations working with the Department of Defense, the uncertainties around achieving the desired compliance level of the cybersecurity ...

CMMC Certification Levels: What Is the Right Level for My Company?

CMMC Certification Levels: What Is the Right Level for My Company?

  With the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Version 1.0 finally released, contractors looking to work for the Department of Defense (DoD) are wondering what CMMC level they should apply for. While being closely similar to the Version 0.7 draft, the final version of the CMMC model includes descriptions of processes and practices in Appendix B and source mapping in Appendix E.

The CMMC Application Process: What You Need to Know

The CMMC Application Process: What You Need to Know

The US Department of Defense (DoD) works with over 300,000 contractors and subcontractors every day. These companies handle a huge amount of sensitive government information, such as federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI), making them prime targets for cybercriminals and hostile countries.

5 Tips For Implementing A System Security Plan For The DoD CMMC Framework

5 Tips For Implementing A System Security Plan For The DoD CMMC Framework

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a universal cybersecurity standard, which applies across the entire supply chain of the US Department of Defense. This includes over 300,000 companies. CMMC builds upon the established NIST SP 800-171 documentation to identify five levels of cybersecurity maturity. Most importantly, it requires that all DoD contractors obtain third-party ...

When should I become DoD CMMC-compliant?

When should I become DoD CMMC-compliant?

Last year, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new rule requiring defense contractors to become fully compliant with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) process starting in late 2020. The new security standard aims to further secure the supply chain, especially given the relatively slow adoption rate of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), ...