Protect Your Federal Business Relationships Fulfilling New CMMC Requirements Takes More Than a Compliance Audit—Much More Overview Protecting National Security CMMC Questions Implementation Challenges Optiv Solutions Contact Us New Compliance Standards Could Impact Your Bottom Line Security compliance is key to winning business with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). But managing that compliance is fast becoming more complicated and expensive, especially with new changes that could have major impacts on your business. The DoD announced a new security standard for contractors intended to address growing cybersecurity concerns. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) will require all contractors to conduct audits and earn certification to bid on new work with the DoD. CMMC is not merely a technology audit. It can mean changes across your organization —affecting people, processes, and technologies — depending on what level of certification your company requires. Without CMMC, you will not be able to view, bid on, or execute contracts for which you aren’t certified. But with Optiv’s CMMC Readiness Support, you can be sure you’re ready once CMMC is fully implemented all along the way — from an aligned federal business strategy to updated review-ready artifacts for certification. Cybersecurity Shortcomings can Damage Federal Operations and Compromise National Security “U.S. businesses are experiencing a dramatic escalation of threats in cyberspace — from nation states, criminal organizations, extremists, company insiders, and hactivists — and the threats have been growing in sophistication, as well. Moreover, all of this has come at a time of transformation in how businesses operate as a result of the measures taken to reduce the spread of the global pandemic. The combination of increased threats and new vulnerabilities has made cybersecurity ever more difficult. Nowhere is the substantial increase in the quantity and quality of threats in cyberspace more important than in the companies that are part of the supply chain of the Defense Industrial Base; indeed, cybersecurity shortcomings in those companies can result in serious damage to federal operations and compromise our national security. American firms must upgrade their cyber defenses, and Optiv is determined to provide American companies with the most effective and most efficient comprehensive, integrated, managed cybersecurity solution possible.” Image General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.) Partner, KKR; Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Optiv Board of Directors CMMC Questions What is the CMMC? More Than a Compliance Audit The CMMC is a new way of doing business with the federal government. Once fully implemented, no existing or potential defense contractor will be allowed to view or bid on new contracts without certification at one of five maturity levels. The new certification is designed to verify that any Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Contractor can adequately protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). DIB contractors must prove compliance through a CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) or risk losing any future business with the DOD. What are Maturity Levels? Not just a checklist, but an on-site evidentiary assessment With the CMMC, DIB contractors must meet one of five maturity levels of data security maturity to earn bidding opportunities for future work with the DOD. Each of the levels consists of processes ranging from ‘Performed’ to ‘Optimizing,’ and practices ranging from ‘Basic Cyber Hygiene’ to ‘Advanced/Progressive.’ To achieve these levels, contractors must certify with independent, third-party auditors. And depending on your federal business strategy, broader revenue goals, current security capabilities, an organizationally aligned strategy, operating plan and program design may also be needed. Why Act Now? Prevent non-compliance repercussions Full implementation of the CMMC isn’t expected to happen until September 2025. Because there is no clear guide as to which types of contracts will require CMMC compliance when by what time, some may elect to delay until the last minute. But that could lead to missed revenue, contract termination, increased costs, or even fines because of poor or hasty business and security decisions. Successful DIB contractors are taking the time now to prepare, giving themselves the competitive edge with early certification, positioning themselves for future business with the federal government. Implementation Challenges Image Insufficient Resources Compliance can be time-intensive and technology capabilities can be cumbersome. Many small or medium companies do not have a dedicated resource to perform cybersecurity testing such as vulnerability scanning, network scanning, pen testing, etc. Image Lack of Formalization Over 60% of the requirements to comply with CMMC Level 2 or above are based on formalization and documentation (e.g. policies, procedures and resourcing plans). Even if a company has the technology required, the documentation is often lacking. Image Inadequate Training and Awareness Leadership is not always aware of regulatory requirements and as a result does not understand the compliance requirements. It is very important that a top-down security strategy is implemented in order to provide adequate protection. Just look around - how many people hold the office door open for others? How often do people report suspicious activities? Optiv Solutions Many organizations see the CMMC as just another compliance check-the-box requirement — not realizing the impact CMMC can have on their entire company if implemented without considering their broader business. At Optiv, we think about the CMMC differently. With Optiv, you can rely on our expert assistance throughout the entire journey. Get advice on a strategic approach tailored to your organization’s federal business strategy Receive provisional CMMC reviews, including a compliance package and evidentiary artifact preparation Develop actionable roadmaps with remediation recommendations to help meet your CMMC goals. Deploy end-to-end security solutions, technology, architecture and implementation offerings to achieve full compliance Image Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Readiness Support Read More Image Protecting DoD’s Supply Chain: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Read More Speak to an Expert Our Strategy & Transformation Team understands that successful CMMC compliance requires more than a simple assessment. No matter your business’ size, our tailored CMMC solutions will help keep it running, growing, and compliance-ready now and into the future. Contact us today.