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Get Ready To Meet CMMC Requirements

Get Ready for Your CMMC Audit

Completing your Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requires an assessment from a Certified Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). ABS Quality Evaluations (ABS QE) can help you ensure that your information systems meet the required CMMC standards.

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The Importance of CMMC Compliance

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) developed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 program to reinforce the importance of DIB cybersecurity to ensure the safety of highly sensitive information.

In 2022, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) reported that out of 300 assessments completed by the Defense Industrial Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC) in recent years, only 25% were found compliant with the 110 requirements of NIST SP 800-171.

Early Adopters of CMMC

Becoming a CMMC early adopter gives your organization a competitive advantage and a better position to face future contract bids while improving your cybersecurity. Early adopters that enter now the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program (JSVAP) can achieve placeholder certification that, once rulemaking is finalized, will automatically convert to a three-year Level 2 certification.

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About the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program (JSVAP)

Stay ahead of the compliance curve with the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program (JSVAP), a pilot program to promote CMMC early adoption. Organizations, like yours, seeking certification must collaborate with a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO), such as ABS QE, as well as a Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC) assessment team. Once completed with a passing score (and after final rule publication) the certification will immediately turn into a three-year, Level 2 CMMC certification for the organization.

CMMC Questions? Join Our Experts for Free Guidance

Join us on August 8th at 10 am CDT, in the webinar "Everything You Need to Know About the CMMC Ecosystem (Part One)". Our team of experts will explore a holistic overview of the CMMC ecosystem today, including the current state, ongoing timeline, and revised CMMC model.

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The Steps to CMMC Compliance

You may only need Level 1 compliance today, but future contracts may require Level 2 or even Level 3 certification, including a third-party assessment. Your cybersecurity matures as you build on the controls you have. Managing your CMMC timeline will help you compete for future contracts.

  1. Determine CMMC level and the assessment scope.
  2. Implement controls in accordance with the appropriate assessment guide and NIST Special Publications.
  3. Develop adequate documentation as evidence of control implementation.
  4. Assess posture with a self-assessment, gap assessment or readiness review by a Certified
    Third-Party Organization (C3PAO).
    1. Create a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) for remediation.
    2. Enter score in Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS).
    3. Contact with a C3PAO for joint surveillance voluntary assessment program assistance.
    4. Achieve a DIBCAC high score and continue maturing your cybersecurity program.

Why ABS Quality Evaluations?

We're a global leader in Certified Performance.

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 cybersecurity services include CMMC training, self-assessments, readiness reviews, gap assessments, Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program (JSVAP) assistance and certifications for ISO/IEC 20000, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27002, ISO/IEC 27017, ISO/IEC 27018 and ISO/IEC 27701, among others.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Should we just complete Level 1 certification because it is easier?


Why do we need a third party if we can conduct a self-assessment internally?


We already have good cybersecurity systems in place; why do we need an assessment?


Why do I need to start my CMMC assessment now - don't we have a few years to comply?


What is a CMMC Gap Assessment and what steps are included?


What is a CMMC Readiness Review and what areas are assessed?


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