CMMC compliance will eventually be required for all DoD contracts and we recommend that organizations start early and find their ‘cyber helpers’ to assist in their information security transformation. There are five progressing levels within the CMMC, from Basic to Advanced. Stepping up to even the first maturity level can be a heavy lift for any organization that does not have an existing quality improvement framework in place. There will be infrastructure investment and information security training needed, especially for organizations that are not familiar with other information security standards, such as ISO 27001 or NIST 800-171.
Based off of our own lessons learned with security self-attestation and ISO 27001 registration, we know that cybersecurity hygiene is not just a timebound corporate initiative. Instead, it is a transformation of the way an organization proactively protects information assets. CMMC is not just a compliance checklist, it is a tool that enables information security to be a part of the way you do business.