Why is it best to outsource CMMC compliance requirements to MSPs?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC, is the most current security standard specified by the Defense Department or DoD for any vendor selling to the DoD.

The DoD will utilize it as a qualifying requirement for Request for proposal and supplier evaluation. It establishes a variety of cybersecurity maturity levels that must be reached.

IT security for federal contractors for CMMC solution has long been a hot subject. Still, the Department of Defense’s latest move has emphasized the need for adherence to security standards even more.

When fully implemented, CMMC will require tight adherence from DoD suppliers, and vendors who fail to fulfill CMMC criteria may be barred from doing business with the government.

As per the DoD CMMC site, the first edition of the CMMC template was released in January 2020 and was revised in March.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Department of Defense and the CMMC Accreditation body. Work is continuing to develop the accreditation, licensing, and certification criteria for evaluators and organizations.

The Department of Defense had expected to release the CMMC criteria as part of Information Requests in June 2020.

That hasn’t happened yet due to the effect of the Covid-19 outbreak and other causes, and the final certified training standards are still awaiting.

A small group of temporary assessors is now undergoing training.

Here is a list of all the changes that have occurred in the CMMC since its release in 2020.

-7012 is intact; an Incident Response Plan, an SSP, and a POAM depending on NIST 800-171 procedures are still required.

-7019 is introduced; it will be necessary to self-score one SSP per the DoD Evaluation

-7019 is introduced; it will be necessary to self-score one SSP in accordance with the DoD Evaluation Procedure

-7020 is added; this enables qualified DoD consultants to score your SSP in accordance with the DoD Evaluation Procedure 

-7021 is added; this permits CMMC specifications to be included in prospective RFPs and RFIsThe regulatory process to update the DFARS

Over 300,000 DoD subcontractors will not have the human resources, facilities, or knowledge in-house to achieve their CMMC standards.

Thankfully, managed security service providers (MSSPs) are establishing specific programs to assist subcontractors in analyzing their present capabilities, implement repair plans as needed, and conduct regular cybersecurity tracking and reporting to fulfill CMMC compliance requirements.

Here are some reasons why DoD contractors should rely on Managed Security Services Providers for CMMC compliance.

Many DoD contractors may be unable to meet the standards of NIST SP 800-171 Rev. 2 or SP 800-172 due to a lack of expertise or manpower.

 Outsourcing their CMMC compliance initiatives endeavor to a competent Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) is an effective way for such firms to achieve the CMMC cybersecurity criteria.

MSSPs with expertise have the procedures and scripts to do a gap assessment and establish a comprehensive security strategy. They have the means and skills to carry out corrective actions if necessary. They also have the resources to track security effectiveness, troubleshoot problems, and provide thorough reports.