CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) assessments are an evaluation process used to determine a contractor's level of cybersecurity maturity and compliance with specific cybersecurity controls.
The CMMC framework was created by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that the defense industrial base (DIB) contractors are properly safeguarding sensitive government information, including Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI).
CMMC assessments apply to all DIB contractors and subcontractors, including those that provide products or services to the DoD. The assessment process involves an independent third-party auditor that evaluates an organization's implementation of specific cybersecurity controls and provides a maturity level certification based on the organization's cybersecurity practices.
The CMMC model has five maturity levels, each with a different set of cybersecurity controls and processes that a contractor must demonstrate compliance with to receive certification. The levels are:
The CMMC assessment process includes a review of an organization's documentation, policies, and procedures, as well as interviews with personnel responsible for cybersecurity implementation. The auditor will then issue a certification based on the level of maturity demonstrated during the assessment.
CMMC assessments are designed to ensure that the DIB contractors are adequately protecting sensitive government information, which is critical to national security. By requiring CMMC certification, the DoD is strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the entire supply chain and reducing the risk of cyberattacks on the defense industrial base.
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The CMMC and Related Standards
The CMMC and related US Government standards (e.g. NIST CSF, NIST SP800-53, NIST SP800-161, NIST SP800-171) are available quickly and easily via the 6clicks Content Library so you can get started fast.
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6clicks provides smart GRC functionality to streamline processes involved in specifying the system to be assessed, assessing compliance against the CMMC (and other relevant requirements), managing any associated risks, implementing & operating security controls and managing any associated issues and incidents with actions (your PoAM).
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Designed to meet US Government and DoD requirements
6clicks for Government (US) is now available as a dedicated US government and DoD community cloud built on Microsoft Azure which has completed various certifications and authorisations. Just as importantly, 6clicks can be used by organisations to implement and run equivalent security programs, and by partners running assessments.
Explore our expert's guide to CMMC
This guide provides an authoritative overview of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. It explains the five levels of CMMC, the requirements for each level, and the steps organizations can take to become certified. It also provides a detailed overview of the certification process, the benefits of certification, and the resources available to organizations seeking certification. Finally, the guide provides best practices for implementing and maintaining cybersecurity standards, as well as guidance on how to prepare for a CMMC audit. This guide is an essential resource for organizations looking to protect their data and systems from cyber threats.
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