Cyber Security Maturity Model (CMMC)The Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a framework for assessing the maturity of an organization’s cybersecurity practices. It was developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help contractors protect sensitive information. The CMMC has five levels, with Level 1 being the lowest level of maturity and Level 5 being the highest. Each level has a set of requirements that organizations must meet in order to achieve that level. The CMMC is a voluntary program, but many DoD contractors are required to comply with it in order to continue doing business with the DoD.

At Daston, our team of Government Contracting experts coupled with our GovCon Essentials solution can assist you in navigating CMMC.We are a trusted partner for Government Contractors, providing over a decade of experience in ERP solutions, including NetSuite’s GovCon Essentials and DCAA-on-Demand SuiteApp technology, to streamline operations and ensure regulatory compliance. Our certified NetSuite Software Development (BFN) Partner status and subject matter experts (SMEs) in FAR, CAS, and DCAA requirements position us to guide clients through the entire process with precision.

The Cyber Security Maturity Model is a certification process the DoD released to ensure DoD contractors obtain maturity levels that are secure enough to protect the company’s infrastructure. Cybersecurity has always been enforced by the DoD and is a top priority, but the ability for contractors to prove their security strength to the DoD previously was impossible. Cybersecurity is crucial to protect classified information for the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD designed the CMMC program to ensure subcontractors and contractors meet top security requirements and are able to send sensitive information. It’s designed to assess, enhance, and protect any important and sensitive Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) being shared by the department. There are some highlights about CMMC that need to be noted.

  • Maintaining CMMC regulations is crucial for any government contracting and subcontracting company. 
  • Contractors who do not obtain CMMC compliance will not be able to work with the DoD. 
  • It is predicted that 300,000 companies will fall under the requirement to obtain CMMC compliance.
  • Contractors can obtain certification through a third party source

At Daston, our Program is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Sustainment. The existing DFARS 7012, NIST SP 800-171, and NIST SP 800-53 are built upon to create a holistic regulation. Certification is the key and a formal certification process needs to be followed. This ensures that security standards are met, that accreditation is correctly granted and the DoD is able to swiftly verify that security standards are being met. These certifications can be granted through an independent, accredited third-party source. There are maturity levels for CMMC ranging from basic to advanced. The levels range from 1-5. Level 1 is the most basic while level 5 is the most advanced. With the increase in levels there is also an increase in complexity. The level of maturity required for companies varies based on the type of sensitive information being sent and the size of the business. 

Daston plans to use the knowledge, resources, and approach proven to work with passing DCAA audits for the CMMC requirements and certification to help your government contracting companies obtain CMMC compliance. Our approach is to “Say What We Do, Do What We Say and Prove It.” Our cybersecurity plan is in place to ensure that your company meets all the requirements to obtain CMMC. The proof is in what we do! We will continue to monitor any changes in requirements by GovCon to ensure compliance is being met. Download our white paper to review our complete CMMC whitepaper and schedule a demo today with one of our Netsuite experts to learn more.