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CMMC 2.0

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is more than just the foundation of defense acquisition – it extends its value to the commercial sector as well. By adopting CMMC, organizations establish a solid groundwork for growth, fortify their cybersecurity posture, and enhance their inherent value, setting the trajectory toward successful mergers and acquisitions.

CMMC 2.0

Building upon its predecessor, CMMC 2.0 is a dynamic framework designed to fortify DIB cybersecurity against ever-evolving threats. At its core, the CMMC framework is tailored to safeguard sensitive unclassified information shared between the Department and its contractors and subcontractors. It ensures that Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) receive a level of protection that aligns with the risks posed by cybersecurity threats, including Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Trust in CMMC 2.0 to enhance your cybersecurity defenses and elevate your organization’s resilience in the face of today’s complex threat landscape.

Why It's Vital for Your Organization!

Unlock the Power of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is not merely a technical solution; it’s a management responsibility. To achieve true effectiveness, a harmonious interplay of management, operational, and technical controls is crucial, enabling your organization to attain the required maturity level audited by a third-party assessor and certified by the esteemed Cyber AB. With Cyber AB’s stamp of approval, your organization is instantly elevated to a level of expertise highly respected by the Department of Defense. It matters not whether your customers are federal or commercial; what truly counts is your cybersecurity posture and competence in handling sensitive data. This invaluable asset empowers your organization, facilitating mergers, and acquisitions, and garnering new customers while retaining existing ones. Embrace the transformative power of cybersecurity to safeguard your organization’s future and unlock new opportunities for growth and success.

Path towards CMMC 2.0 Compliance and Certification

Embark on Your Journey to CMMC 2.0 Compliance and Certification

CMMC 2.0: Step Ahead, as a trusted Registered Provider Organization (RPO), offers comprehensive CMMC 2.0 assessment and audit readiness consulting services. Our expert team guides you through the process, which typically takes between 6 to 12 weeks, with costs varying from under $10K to $25K, depending on the size and complexity of your organization seeking certification (OSC). It’s essential to recognize that completion of an assessment and audit readiness consulting engagement does not guarantee certification. The final audits are conducted by independent Certified Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs), and despite investing time and resources, certification is not guaranteed.

CMMC 2.0 - ML1: Self Assessment and Self Certification

Under CMMC 2.0 – ML1, organizations have the option for self-assessment and self-certification. However, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential consequences. If the Department of Defense (DoD) discovers non-compliance with the 17 practices in 6 security domains, the CEO or head of the organization could face charges under the False Information Claims Act. This places everyone in a challenging position, emphasizing the importance of being absolutely certain about your self-certification. At Step Ahead, we offer expert guidance and support to help you confidently navigate this process and ensure your organization’s compliance and security.

Achieving CMMC 2.0 - ML2 Certification

Requires a Certified Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to conduct a comprehensive audit and report the findings to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (Cyber AB). Upon review, Cyber AB issues the coveted CMMC 2.0 – ML2 certification. This level entails 14 security domains and 110 controls, encompassing level 1 controls as well. The certification process may vary, taking anywhere from 3 to nearly 12 months, with potential costs reaching $100K or more. As you embark on this journey, uncertainties may arise, with the possibility of being certified or having conditions stated for a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&MS). This challenging endeavor demands a firm resolve, and at Step Ahead, we are dedicated to providing guidance and expertise to navigate this complex path toward CMMC 2.0 – ML2 certification, ensuring your organization’s security and success.

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Discover the Preferred Approach

Cyber AB highly recommends Cloud Enclaves as a cost-effective solution for SMBs seeking CMMC 2.0 compliance while also enabling eligibility to bid on DoD projects. Embrace the alternatives that empower your business with advanced security measures, ensuring a competitive edge in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity and government contracts. Step Ahead stands ready to guide you on this transformative journey toward enhanced compliance and new opportunities for growth and success.