CMMC Compliance Services

CMMC Certification Preparation to Ensure You Will Keep & Grow You DoD Business

Safeguarding controlled government/military data from unauthorized disclosure/release is critical to our national security and economic freedom. Yet companies that process sensitive government data (whether directly or as a sub-contractor in the supply chain) have only been required to “self-attest” to their conformance with relevant DFARS/NIST SP 800-171 regulatory requirements… until now.

The self-attestation approach hasn’t worked very well, as evidenced by notable breaches of critical government information in both the public and private sector. This has driven the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies to mandate a higher level of attestation; the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).


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Keeping confidential government/military information secure from prying eyes is critical to our national sovereignty and economy. Yet companies that process sensitive government data (whether directly or as a sub-contractor in the supply chain) have only been required to “self-attest” to their conformance with relevant DFARS/NIST SP 800-171 guidance… until now.

Instead, CMMC requires each organization to undergo a third party audit to determine the maturity of their information security controls. Your maturity level (1→5) is used to determine which RFPs you are “qualified” to pursue.

The CMMC level required to win a project will be listed in Request for Proposals (RFP) sections L and M and used as a “go/no-go decision.” This means that instead of the ability to bid, win a contract, and then comply post-award with cybersecurity requirements, DoD contractors will have to be certified to that CMMC level required in advance, to be eligible to win the bid.

Perhaps even more important, many Primes are requiring their pursuit team members to be CMMC certified — even in cases where the contract does not yet require it.

One last note to consider, if your current contract has a DFAR252.204-7012 clause, whether you choose to pursue CMMC Level 3 or not, you still are contractually obligated to be provably NIST SP 800-171 compliant. The DCMA/DIBCAC have been more aggressive about enforcing this, even leveraging the False Claims Act to enact fines on DIB organizations who are not doing what they have said they have done.

Achieving and maintaining your CMMC certification is important, but so are a lot of things on your plate. Finding the time and expertise on your staff to make sure security gets the attention it needs is a challenge.


Why Choose Pivot Point Security for CMMC Compliance & Preparation Services

Helping organizations like your’s prove you’re secure and compliant (so you can grow your businesses) is what we have done for thousands of clients over the last 20+ years.

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When you work with Pivot Point Security for CMMC Compliance & Certification Preparation, you don’t need to re-invent the wheel…

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Think you are ready for your C3PAO Security Assessment now and want to have confidence you will pass your audit? A CMMC Readiness Assessment may be just what you need!


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The Stakes are High… Make Sure You Have the Chips to Stay in the Game

CMMC certification will be an absolute requirement to win DOD RFPs and/or have a contract awarded. For many SMBs impacted by the CMMC, DOD contracts make up a substantial percentage of their revenue—making CMMC certification a “go big or go home” proposition.

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CMMC Compliance & Certification Can Make You Stronger

We believe there is a Darwinian element to CMMC. Those organizations that can “adapt” to the new reality, will not only survive, but are likely to prosper, by taking business from those that can’t adapt. Be the pigeon, not the dodo.

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When does CMMC go into effect?

V1.0 of the CMMC was released on January 31st 2020. The audit program is being developed and should be in full effect by fall of 2020.  CMMC will appear in Requests for Information (RFI’s) and Requests for Proposal (RFP’s) as early as August 2020.

How many controls (practices) does CMMC require?

There are different controls totals for each level within CMMC:

  • CMMC Level 1: 17 Practices
  • CMMC Level 2: 72 Practices & 34 Processes
  • CMMC Level 3: 130 Practices & 51 Processes (This is the 1st level that fully achieved NIST SP 800-171 coverage)
  • CMMC Level 4: 156 Practices & 68 Processes
  • CMMC Level 5: 171 Practices & 85 Processes

What is the minimum CMMC level you need to reach NIST SP 800-171?

CMMC Level 3 is the first target level fully addressing NIST 800-171 and it covers 20 controls beyond NIST SP 800-171 (a total of 130).

If I’m not CMMC certified what does that mean?

In the near future, you will no longer be able to win proposals to provide services in the DoD supply chain.

If we have relatively immature security program, how long will it take to get CMMC certified?

A reasonable assumption for achieving Level 3 CMMC readiness is 6 – 10 months. It will ultimately depend on institutional knowledge and how long you can get your “new normal” baked into your company culture & day to day processes.

How much does CMMC certification cost?

As of July 2020, we expect that a CMMC Level 3 C3PAO Assessment will encompass ~30 man days of effort and will likely cost $60 – 90K. Establishing an information security program that is capable of being CMMC Level 3 certified can be a notable expense dependent upon the current maturity of your program.  If you already have a mature NIST 800-171 compliant environment in place, it may be $20K or less.  If you are starting from scratch, it could be $50 – 150K. Read on for a better explanation on CMMC certification cost.

What is the difference between CMMC and NIST 800-171?

Both CMMC Level 3 and NIST 800-171 are intended to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  CMMC adds an additional 20 information security controls to the 110 that are specified by NIST 800-171.  Further, CMMC is a certifiable standard that requires a third-party audit to confirm that you are compliant with the standard. All organizations that become CMMC certified (level 3 or higher) will still need to be DFARS 7012 and NIST 800-171 conforming, and the CMMC certification will also demonstrate that they have achieved NIST 800-171

With the DoD’s more “limited roll out” I heard about should we get CMMC certified this year?

Many of the companies in the Defense Industrial Base we are speaking with believe that it will be a competitive advantage to do so. Our understanding is that larger Prime’s will either require or favor those that are as they are building “pursuit teams”.

Should we start preparing for CMMC with a Gap Analysis/Assessment?

A gap assessment is a good approach if you know that you have a very mature information security program that includes the required CMMC artifacts (e.g., Risk Assessment, System Security Plan, etc.). If not, you are better off viewing this as an implementation, with establishing the scope of your CUI environment as the best first step.  See this blog for additional detail on approach.

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The Pivot Point Security team have done an excellent job outlining the steps to become CMMC Level #3 compliant

Thanks for the high praise! We like our process too :)

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