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The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) has approved Point North Networks, Inc. as a Registered Provider Organization(CMMC RPO). In doing so, Point North can assist organizations working with the Defense Industrial Base handling CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) to prepare for CMMC audits and certifications.

What is CMMC?

CMMC specifies a set of cybersecurity practices and processes that all contractors must implement, and keep in place at all times, in order to be awarded new business contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The goal of CMMC is to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing sensitive defense information, such as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Beginning in 2021, independent CMMC Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAO) will begin to verify a DoD contractor’s compliance with CMMC.

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What is a CMMC RPO?

The CMMC-AB authorizes C3PAOs to conduct CMMC assessments, and they can also provide advice on passing those assessments for clients they’re not going to be assessing. However, RPOs aren’t authorized to perform CMMC assessments. Instead, their sole purpose is to provide consulting services in support of Organizations Seeking Certification within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).

The CMMC-AB intends for organizations with the RPO designation to advise DoD contractors on how they can prepare for a CMMC assessment. Its goal is to provide OSCs with confidence that the contractors they hire meet CMMC security requirements, using the published CMMC assessment guides. However, many disreputable organizations are falsely claiming they can already provide contractors with CMMC certification. While this isn’t possible (yet) at the time this post was written, an RPO does have the basic training needed to understand the steps contractors must perform to prepare for CMMC.

CMMC RPOs provide an opportunity for organizations who want to be cybersecurity consultants, according to the CMMC-AB. It allows them to obtain the necessary training and qualifications while strengthening their ties to the CMMC ecosystem. CMMC RPOs also help the CMMC-AB understand who the players are in information security and what they’re doing, although the CMMC RPO designation isn’t necessary to work in that space.

How can Point North help with a CMMC Audit?

The new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard is here, and it’s being rolled out for the 300,000 non-federal organizations that make up the Pentagon’s supply chain in a staged fashion over the next five years.

The core framework for this new 5-tiered cybersecurity standard is defined and published, and the government is moving as fast as it can to build out the massive infrastructure of trainers, assessors, and documentation to support it.

Point North will guide you through the certification-readiness process, and once certified, will help you document your ongoing compliance to the standard.

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Common questions about CMMC RPO

What is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

CMMC is a set of cybersecurity rules and regulations, practices and processes that all organizations must have in place if they wish to have new business contracts with the US Department of Defense. The main aim of CMMC is to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing sensitive information related to defense. It is now possible for third-party organizations to verify DoD contractors’ compliance as well.

Who needs the CMMC certificate?

All businesses contracting with the DoD are required to have this certificate. There are five levels for this certificate and businesses must obtain the right one depending on the nature of their business and the kind of dealing they do with the DoD.

What are the main benefits of CMMC?

One of the main benefits of being CMMC certified is to keep the controlled unclassified information and intellectual property that comes under the supply chain of US Defense protected. The benefits extend to protection against a wide range of cybersecurity threats, building upon the existing regulations, and gaining affordable ways for small businesses to implement lower CMMC levels.

What to expect when processing CMMC?

A few things that businesses must keep in mind while attaining the CMMC certificate is that it could take up to 12 months to get it, the company must actively participate in the process to get the certificate, which is awarded on a pass or fail basis, and maintaining the standards charted out by CMMC is an ongoing process.

How can Point North help with a CMMC Audit?

CMMC is an important certificate for organizations dealing with the DoD. Point North helps you understand everything about this certificate and the process of being ready for it. Once a business gets certified, we also guide companies to document their ongoing compliance with the standards.

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