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CMMC 2.0 Compliance The Right Way

ABS Quality Evaluations

What is CMMC?

Cyber attacks have transcended their reputation as tools of rogue activists and criminals. State-sponsored attacks are becoming commonplace, with certain militaries considering cyber-physical attacks to be another arrow in their quiver. The recent conflict in Ukraine has laid bare the disruptive potential of these types of attack and their ability to cripple adversaries without firing a single shot.

For this reason, the U.S. has turned its attention to shoring up its own cyber defenses and ensuring that members of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) are engaged in best practices when it comes to cybersecurity. The Department of Defense (DoD) recently introduced Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 (CMMC 2.0) to outline the cyber guidelines defense contractors must follow if they want to continue to win DIB contracts.

At present, nine out of ten contractors fail to meet basic cybersecurity regulations, and 44% of DIB-sector businesses have fallen victim to a cyber attack in the last three years.

With a deadline for cyber compliance now looming large above the industry, many businesses in the DIB are looking for ways to streamline the compliance process, an endeavor that starts with understanding where their practices now stand. As such, many are now seeking auditing partners that can guide the way by conducting thoughtful, comprehensive audits that set organizations on the path to long-term success.

How Most Auditors Handle CMMC Compliance

The largest hurdle many organizations face is misunderstanding the requirements laid out in CMMC 2.0. They need to have a clear picture of not only what needs to be done to reach compliance, but how and why. There is a misconception that CMMC 2.0 compliance must be time-consuming and arduous, only acted upon after long-term assessments—and that no progress can be made in the meantime.

As such, many CMMC consultants take a multi-month, hands-off approach to gap and readiness assessments for client information systems. This then leads to failed explanations of the security controls and a “check-the-box” process to get operations in line with the most basic protocols needed—all after a delay in the client’s ability to gain or maintain market share in a rapidly changing ecosystem.

How ABS Quality Evaluations Handles Compliance

ABS Quality Evaluations (QE) applies a much more efficient, hands-on approach to assist our clients in getting the information they need quickly to ready their environments for CMMC 2.0 certification. Our thoughtful, tailored approach to compliance auditing provides better results in a fraction of the time.

It begins with a weeklong assessment that centers of in-depth reviews of each security control. Within a week of these reviews being completed, we provide clients with a report that summarizes their performance and outlines the tangible steps they must take to achieve not just compliance but security.

This approach ensures our partners get the information they need quickly and efficiently, leaving them time to remediate any reported issues. Our rapid and detailed feedback for gap and readiness assessments can allow our clients to save weeks or even months of time during the CMMC process, giving them a leg up on the competition and keeping them competitive in the marketplace.

Starting Early Pays Off

The strategic partnerships organizations make at this pivotal moment will have a direct impact on their prospects as the push for a safer and more secure defense sector continues. Selecting the right company for the job means finding a partner with the experience, knowledge, and commitment to security necessary to safeguard critical operations.

ABS QE is a global certification body that seeks to work alongside our clients to ensure their resources are being allocated to the areas that are most critical to success, today and tomorrow. With many companies already lagging behind in their journey to CMMC 2.0 compliance, it’s important to remember an old saying: the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now.

Start your journey today. Our team of DoD gap and readiness assessment experts is ready to hit the ground running so that you have time to remediate your environment, submit for CMMC certification, and set your organization on course for a successful and secure future. 

ABS Quality Evaluations: Your CMMC Experts

ABS Quality Evaluations (ABS-QE), a registered C3PAO, is ready to conduct your CMMC L2 assessment. As a Registered Practitioner Organization and Licensed Training Provider (LTP), we stand ready to provide guidance and mentoring to help you implement a cybersecurity program targeting the achievement of your certification.

With over 30 years in the management systems certification space, we can provide the best in quality business assurance. We seek to partner with our clients to ensure that they reach their organizational goals. If your organization will need to comply against CMMC 2.0s requirements, complete the form to schedule some time with one of our subject matter experts.

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