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Everything You Need to Know About the CMMC Ecosystem

CMMC Webinar Series - Part 1

August 8, 2023 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

Everything You Need to Know About the CMMC Ecosystem

As cybersecurity threats across the Nation increase, organizations are taking proactive measures to protect themselves and the public from attack. This sense of urgency is heightened in the government sector, as organizations that support agencies like the Department of Defense (DoD) are at a higher risk due to the sensitive information they create, process and store. Simply put, a cybersecurity breach can jeopardize the safety and security of the United States should foreign adversaries, hacktivists, organized crime or any other threat actors gain access to it.

To mitigate these cybersecurity risks, the DoD will require organizations that wish to participate in any of its contracts and obtain access to controlled unclassified information (CUI) to meet CMMC 2.0 requirements, a program based on FAR 52.204-21 and DFARS 2252.204-7012 requirements. 

In part one of our CMMC webinar series, our resident cybersecurity experts will explore a holistic overview of the CMMC ecosystem today, including the current state, ongoing timeline, and revised CMMC model. In addition, we will discuss the most commonly asked questions about the certification process and provide a clear understanding of when and why an assessment/certification provider is needed. In part two, we will be discussing what a Certified Third Party Assessor (C3PAO) is and the different assessment types within the CMMC certification program.

What We Cover

  • A high-level overview of the CMMC 2.0 program and its compliance timeline
  • The history of the CMMC 2.0 program, including how it began and has changed over time
  • The most frequently asked questions from organizations seeking CMMC certification


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Robert Ems

Robert Ems, Global Cybersecurity Program Manager, ABS QE

Robert Ems serves as Global Cybersecurity Program Manager for ABS Quality Evaluations Inc. (ABS QE), leading a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals in cybersecurity audits, assessment services and consulting engagements for clients around the world. Rob is a retired DoD Civilian with 25 years of service in which he held multiple positions, including providing government oversite to DoD contractors and leading the cybersecurity efforts for a weapon system acquisition effort. Rob is also a CMMC Registered Practitioner (RP) with the Cyber AB and is in the process of becoming a Certified CMMC Professional and a Certified CMMC Assessor.   

Larry Chaffin, Cybersecurity Technical Manager

Larry Chaffin, Cybersecurity Technical Manager, ABS QE

Larry Chaffin is a highly experienced Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a career spanning over 20 years in the cybersecurity field. He possesses extensive expertise in conducting assessment and authorization processes within various government entities such as the DoD and the Department of Justice (DoJ). Additionally, Larry has executed cybersecurity protocols for missile and defense programs, enterprise business systems, national security systems, collateral programs and Special Access Programs (SAP).

About ABS Quality Evaluations

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE) is a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. As a world-leading certification body, ABS QE works with companies to improve the performance of their business, systems, people and supply chains through management systems certification, verification, training and assessments, including cybersecurity.

ABS QE is a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO)
authorized by the Cyber Accreditation Body (Cyber AB) and a licensed
training provider (LTP) certified by the Cybersecurity Assessor and
Instructor Certification Organization (CAICO) to provide CMMC
assessment services and training.

Our CMMC services include training, self-assessments, readiness reviews, gap assessments and Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program (JSVAP) assistance.

C3PAO & LTP Certification

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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