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Navigating CyberNIST compliance can be a daunting task, but you can rely on COMHOME Technology Solutions to fill the gaps in your company’s cybersecurity setup and get you prepared to become CMMC compliant to NIST standards.
COMHOME has been ahead of the curve in providing cybersecurity compliance with our comprehensive turnkey solutions. We work with all sizes of businesses and offices, creating tailored solutions in the most cost-effective way. We’ve fine-tuned several solutions that enable our clients to prepare to achieve compliance faster and at a lower cost compared to other solutions.
The process is simple: we offer a free consultation, then get you assessed and remediated for CMMC compliance.
- We know time is of the essence, so we provide our detailed assessments of your current network within a week of the consultation.
- The remediation process implements your custom assessment. Depending on the current state of your IT systems, this can be as simple as implementing multi-factor authentication and security awareness training or as complex as refreshing an entire aging infrastructure.
- We make sure you have all the documentation necessary for proper compliance and CMMC certification. If you can’t prove you’re doing it, you may as well not be.
- We also offer ongoing management and monitoring to help you keep your peace of mind and do what you do best.
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At COMHOME, we believe in the value of solid, reliable cybersecurity. When we work with our clients, we do more than prepare them for their CMMC audits — we get them set up to take on whatever the world throws their way. Get a free cybersecurity consultation when you contact the experts at COMHOME today.
| Why is Cybersecurity regulation necessary?
| What is CMMC?
| What is CMMC Compliance?
| Who does CMMC Apply To?
| What is NIST 800-171?
| Who does NIST 800-171 Apply To?
| How is CMMC related to NIST 800-171?
| How does my business prepare to become NIST compliant?
Why is Cybersecurity regulation necessary?
In the current digital age, cybersecurity isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. And for companies who are a part of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) working in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), it is a requirement to do business with any DoD contracting office.
With the passing of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), any company working with the DoD will be required to meet a certain standard of cybersecurity verification in order to win — or even bid on — contracts, whether as a prime or sub-contractor.
This regulation comes from the fact that over the past several years, billions of dollars have been lost in intellectual property theft from defense contractors working with or for DoD program and from outgrowing of the knowledge that without a solid cybersecurity foundation, all documents, assets, information and networks of contractors and the organizations that they work with are put at risk.
What is CMMC?
In 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) introduced a new program called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). CMMC serves as a framework for the enforcement of the department’s existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requirements. The current DFARS cybersecurity requirements were implemented in December 2017 to provide security protection for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) as provided by the NIST SP800-171 codification. CMMC was implemented in 2020, with the goal of improving CUI security by introducing a formal audit program for compliance.
What is CMMC Compliance?
Existing cybersecurity measures have failed the United States. In 2010, Executive Order 13556 created the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program in response to the nation states’ stealing critical information from federal contractors. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) serves as a verification tool to ensure appropriate cybersecurity practices are in place. The NIST 800-171 security standard relies on organizations to self-assess their security posture and then report their compliance. Obviously, self-assessments cannot be truly trusted; thus a new approach is needed.
In addition, compliance does not mean that you are secure and will never equal that. Compliance requires only achieving a level of implementation and making sure items are in place. To address these shortcomings, as well as protect the sensitive information, CUI and overall national security, the CMMC is a welcome and needed mechanism.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is migrating to the new CMMC framework so they can assess, regulate and enhance the cybersecurity stance of Defense Contractors. CMMC will serve as a verification tool to ensure appropriate cybersecurity practices are in place. The goal is to confirm that the most basic cyber security controls are enacted to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) used and maintained by any and all contractors supporting the DoD.
Who does CMMC Apply To?
A combination of NIST 800-171 and other cybersecurity requirements, CMMC is a sweeping cybersecurity certification that gauges and assesses how your company should be prepared for and respond to cyber threats. Whether you’re a company working with the DoD for the first time or aiming to continue your current contract, all companies and contractors are required to be CMMC compliant and certified here shortly. Contractors and subcontractors with the DoD are obligated to meet CMMC compliance standards if they wish to bid on contracts within the next few years.
What is NIST 800-171?
Simply put, NIST 800-171 is the standard for cybersecurity compliance. Enforcement of NIST 800-171 began in 2018, but there was a low rate of compliance. in subsequent years. To combat that, the DoD created CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) — a tiered approach that audits and outlines the steps and levels of obtaining base cybersecurity. Based heavily on NIST 800-171 and other cybersecurity standards, CMMC requires documentation of process and procedures as well as management and review of cyber events and verification by a third-party auditor to confirm compliance. If NIST 800-171 is the standard, CMMC is how you get there.
Who does NIST 800-171 Apply To?
NIST 800-171 applies to both primary and subcontractors managing CUI in any form, whether it’s housed in a third-party system or collected and maintained by a third-party organization. This can range from companies that supply IT services down to those who provide janitorial services for federal buildings. Essentially, if a company is part of the DoD and federal supply chain in any form or offers them any kind of service, NIST 800-171 applies.
Previously, only companies who directly held contracts with the DoD or federal agencies were required to meet cybersecurity compliance standards. However, as cyberattacks began targeting subcontractors for these organizations, the need for third-parties and their affiliates to meet the same standards became increasingly critical.
How is CMMC related to NIST 800-171?
CMMC takes requirements and practices from NIST 800-171 standards, builds upon them, and organizes them in a tiered structure, making the adoption of these regulations easier to understand.
How does my business prepare to become NIST compliant?
The best place to start is an assessment of where your business currently stands with NIST 800-171 regulations. Comparing the processes and practices outlined in the official NIST 800-171 publication against what your business currently does for cybersecurity can help give you a good sense of what else is needed or what needs to change in order to meet NIST compliance. Taking special attention to look at your documentation efforts, which controls are followed, and how your CUI is managed and accessed can help set you on the course to compliance.