By now, most business leaders understand the importance of achieving adequate IT security standards, especially if they have contracts with the US Department of Defense. The CMMC program aims to standardize these requirements across the entire Defense Industrial Base, effectively replacing the DFARS 252.204-7012 clause.
It may be tempting to put off your journey towards CMMC compliance, given that the regulation is not due to be fully implemented until October 1, 2025, but this would be a mistake. Earning a CMMC certification is no trivial task, especially if you are aiming for higher compliance levels. Starting now will give you plenty of time to get your information security strategy and systems up to scratch.
Today’s businesses handle enormous amounts of customer data, much of which is subject to government-mandated compliance regulations. For example, protected health information is subject to HIPAA compliance, while controlled unclassified information pertaining to the US Department of Defense must be protected according to CMMC and DFARS compliance.
Admittedly, not all managed service providers (MSPs) are created equal. As is the case in any industry, there are both good and bad options. Making the right choices depends on extensive research, as well as shaking the belief that, if you want a job done properly, you have to do it yourself.
Change is the only constant in the world of cybersecurity, where new threats come and go as cybercriminals exploit new opportunities.