What is NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

What is NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

The NIST cybersecurity framework is a globally recognized standard that offers guidance on how organizations can mitigate information security risks. It is updated regularly to reflect the most pertinent challenges facing today’s business leaders and cybersecurity teams. It is widely viewed as the gold standard for best practices in the sector, and it is the basis for a range of government- and ...

Do You Know Which of the CMMC Levels You Should Choose?

Do You Know Which of the CMMC Levels You Should Choose?

Prior to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, defense contractors were responsible for implementing, maintaining, and assessing their own cybersecurity practices in accordance with the NIST Special Publication 800-171. CMMC aims to improve upon those measures and unify them in a single framework that applies to all defense contractors and subcontractors. It also introduces a number of ...

CMMC Compliance Checklist: 4 Things Not To Overlook

CMMC Compliance Checklist: 4 Things Not To Overlook

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) replaces the current DFARS 252.204-7012 clause that defense contractors currently have to when entering into a contract with the Department of Defense. Based on the NIST SP 800-171 framework, albeit with the addition of various other processes and practices, CMMC compliance spans five levels, with the third one being the minimum requirement ...

How Can Gaps in Your IT Security Affect CMMC Compliance?

How Can Gaps in Your IT Security Affect CMMC Compliance?

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.

How Can a Gap Assessment Prepare You for CMMC Compliance?

How Can a Gap Assessment Prepare You for CMMC Compliance?

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.

How Does the CMMC Accreditation Body Qualify Assessors?

How Does the CMMC Accreditation Body Qualify Assessors?

Although there have been several delays since the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification was first announced, 101 experienced professionals have now been chosen to become future CMMC auditors. Most have now completed their training, thus providing valuable insights that will influence the training of registered provider organizations (RPOs).

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a CMMC Auditor

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a CMMC Auditor

The cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) is a unified framework that is intended to regulate and enforce information security standards across the entire defense supply chain. Unlike with the previous DFARS clause, which is based on the NIST 800-171 framework, self-assessments are no longer enough. Instead, you must engage with a CMMC auditor who has been approved by the CMMC ...

The Basics of Designing A System Security Plan

The Basics of Designing A System Security Plan

The DFARS 252.204-7012 clause requires that all contractors and subcontractors of the US Department of Defense maintain an up-to-date system security plan (SSP). You will likely be asked to provide this plan before you can sign any contract with the DoD as evidence showing that your organization has achieved an adequate level of security. Your SSP should align with the requirements of the NIST ...

What Are the Consequences of Noncompliance?

What Are the Consequences of Noncompliance?

Navigating DFARS 252.204.7012 compliance requirements can be challenging. It requires tightening DFARS-specific security controls, an area in which the expertise of compliance experts who can help fill the gaps in your IT system will prove invaluable. More importantly, they can help ensure you abide by your contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect covered defense information (CDI) ...

What Exactly is Considered CUI?

What Exactly is Considered CUI?

Signing off contracts with the US Department of Defense, either in the capacity of a contractor or subcontractor, can be highly lucrative. After all, the DoD is an enormous market consisting of around 200,000 organizations that make up the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).