CMMC's Three Levels of Assessment listed as Foundational, Advanced, and Expert.

Preparing for a CMMC Assessment

Undergoing a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) assessment is a mandatory component for organizations and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors who are to work with the Department of Defense (DoD). Not only is CMMC a prerequisite before being awarded a DoD contract, becoming CMMC certified provides the DoD verification that your company has implemented appropriate cybersecurity practices and processes to safeguard Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  

The CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is a set of security standards and requirements mandated by the Department of Defense for all vendors. The CMMC aims to reduce the risk that comes with contractors and ensure that they are following best practices when it comes to their information technology.  

Here is a quick guide to preparing for a CMMC assessment.  

Know your CMMC target Level

One of the first steps to preparing for a CMMC assessment is to identify the correct level of certification that is required for your company and the contracts you desire to attain. The three levels of assessment include Foundational, Advanced and Expert. Identifying which CMMC level your company needs to prepare for will save a considerable amount of time, money, and resources. Check out our guide to the CMMC 2.0 model to better understand which level of assessment is right for you.

Scoping your Assessment

Once you have determined CMMC level that is right for your business, the next step is to determine the scope of your assessment and document it. Scoping is a key step to correctly identifying and including only the areas of operations that are necessary to the company when it contracts with the DoD. The scope for the assessment will represent the boundary for which the CMMC certificate will be issued.

Documentation Saves Time and Money

Documentation is a curial and necessary component in the CMMC assessment. When bringing in a RPO or C3PAO, like MindPoint Group, having complete and accurate documentation will provide the assessors a clear understanding of the level your company is operating at, justification of the chosen CMMC level, and the scope for the assessment. This further saves time, money, and resources for your company.

CMMC Assessment Process

Depending on the assessment procedure, the assessors’ focus will span one or multiple areas. First the assessors will review ALL of your documentation and examine supporting evidence for implementation. They will conduct interviews with the control owner(s) and test specific procedures. You can further prepare for the full assessment by identifying key roles and responsibilities, control owners and evidence requirements. Additionally, testing the control requirements by doing a self-assessment ahead of time, whether it involves policy or procedure documentation or a technical control, will help identify areas of weakness and improvements to be completed before your assessment. This will help to avoid potential issues and delays during the full certification assessment.  

For Level 1 Self Assessments, MindPoint Group can provide your organization with everything you need to get you completely through the self- assessment.

Please review CMMC Accreditation Body and FAQ for additional information.

Next Steps:

Preparing for a CMMC assessment doesn’t have to be a daunting task for your organization. The tips above will help you navigate in the pursuit of becoming CMMC certified. For an in depth look on where your organization stands on becoming CMMC certified and the assessment process, be sure to reach out to our team at MindPoint Group. We have the experience and expertise to help your organization attain its cybersecurity needs.

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