Reducing the Cost of CMMC

With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the lives of millions of people around the world, it should not be a surprise to hear that small businesses are still hurting. Cybersecurity is still essential to maintaining the industrial supply chain, but many small businesses cannot allocate the money to protect themselves.

Financial Limitations of Small Businesses

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses were unable to allocate enough of their budget towards cybersecurity. A tiny percentage of companies have a full-time IT or cybersecurity professional on staff. As a result, they are at risk of cyberattacks. Roughly 80 percent of companies with senior cybersecurity employees believed they did not have adequate protection against cyberattacks in 2020. The number of cyber breaches in 2020 reached a record high – a total that was more than the previous 15 years combined. The average data breach cost companies $4 million in 2020.

The financial impact from the pandemic could last years. As a result, the improvement of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Program is of the utmost importance. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing financial troubles for small businesses in the United States, and most companies will not be able to improve their cybersecurity in 2021.

Reducing the Costs of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Program

Nearly 75 percent of the supply chain consists of small businesses. Unfortunately, many of these businesses are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult for them to finance their cybersecurity. That is why Jesse Salazar (the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy) prioritized managing cybersecurity costs above all else. The number of small businesses in the DIB has shrunk by more than 40 percent over the last ten years, and the pandemic has not helped. According to a survey by Defense One, one in seven companies believe they will never return to pre-pandemic business levels. As a result, the Department will try to balance the need for accountability, keeping in mind that many companies have financial limitations.

With Salazar overseeing the improvements of the CMMC, there is hope that things will get easier for small businesses in the coming years. His statement appears to have outlined that the pandemic has changed the cyber landscape and that things need to change. Though, implementation could take some time.

Your Guide to CMMC L1 Physical Controls

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.

Learn about what’s expected from you for CMMC certification

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.