To protect our nation from perilous cyber-attacks the Department of Defense (DoD) and other stakeholders created a cyber compliance model called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This certification process includes a total of five levels that increase in complexity and total in 171 security requirements to reach the maximum level of compliance. For most, it is only necessary to meet Level 1 certification through a trusted C3PAO, a Third-Party Assessor Organization. Each 3CPAO is authorized to assess and certify your organization by the CMMC Accreditation Body.
Understanding the Changing Landscape in Cybersecurity Compliance
Until recently, many government contractors working in the defense industrial base (DIB) were able to self-assess and verify the measures they were taking to be cyber compliant. Historically they had three levels of cybersecurity requisites to meet, and for the most part, were accepted off good merit. According to CMMC, DIB companies should continue to self-assess their cyber efforts, but they will also be required to report to Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) for an official assessment and certification. Each carefully selected C3PAO has been vetted by a third-party organization, the CMMC-AB. This CMMC Accreditation Body will provide a neutral ground to help operationalize the CMMC through training, information resources, and accrediting all C3PAOs.