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CMMC Assessment and Certification Made Simple
Securing Your Company’s Future

At LDD, we simplify the complex world of CMMC compliance. Navigating the intricacies of the CMMC can be daunting, but we’re here to make it straightforward. We specialize in guiding organizations through the CMMC assessment process, leveraging our expertise and experience to help you meet the stringent cybersecurity requirements set by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Our CMMC assessment process empowers your organization to successfully achieve and maintain CMMC compliance, whether you’re starting or refining your efforts. With us, the path to CMMC certification is as smooth as possible. Contact us today to secure defense contracts with confidence.

The CMMC Assessment Process

  1. Preparation

    • CMMC has five levels, each with specific requirements. Determine the appropriate level based on your contract requirements.
    • Gap analysis: Review and assess your current practices and identify gaps.

  2. Gap Remediation

    • Implement controls: Address the gaps identified and put the necessary security controls and practices in place to resolve the gap.
    • Document policies: Develop and document security policies and procedures in accordance with CMMC requirements.

  3. Third-Party Assessment and Certification

    • Choose a CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) to conduct a formal assessment.
    • Receive your CMMC certification

  4. Ongoing Compliance

    • Maintain compliance: Continuously uphold the cybersecurity practices and controls to ensure ongoing compliance.
    • Prepare for Recertification: Be prepared for periodic reassessments to maintain your certification.

Choosing the Right CMMC Assessment Partner

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Selecting the right partner for your CMMC assessment is a critical decision for your organization’s cybersecurity readiness. At LDD, we take this responsibility seriously. What truly sets us apart is our comprehensive approach. Unlike others, LDD combines advisory AND managed security services, offering a complete solution to meet your CMMC compliance needs.

But our commitment doesn’t stop at CMMC assessments. We’re dedicated to guiding you through the entire certification process and beyond. Our team, with a focus on transparency, professionalism, and a comprehensive understanding of CMMC requirements, ensures you are well-prepared not just for CMMC compliance, but for long-term cybersecurity resilience.

When you choose LDD as your CMMC assessment partner, you’re making a secure and informed choice for your organization’s cybersecurity future.

CMMC Assessment Resources and Tools

Explore a range of CMMC assessment resources created to support your compliance journey. Our collection includes reports, webinars, checklists, templates, and more, all provided at no cost. These resources are here to assist in streamlining your path toward CMMC assessment and certification.

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FAQ’s

1. What are the CMMC assessment levels, and how do I determine which one applies to my organization?

The CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) assessment model includes five levels, each representing a different level of cybersecurity maturity and associated requirements. Here's an overview of the CMMC assessment levels:

Level 1 - Basic Cyber Hygiene:

   - Focus: Basic cyber hygiene practices to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI).

   - Requirements: Consists of 17 practices from the NIST SP 800-171 standards.

Level 2 - Intermediate Cyber Hygiene:

   - Focus: Transition step toward protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

   - Requirements: Builds on Level 1 with an additional 55 practices, totaling 72 practices.

Level 3 - Good Cyber Hygiene:

   - Focus: Protecting CUI to safeguard sensitive information.

   - Requirements: Includes all 110 practices from NIST SP 800-171 and adds 20 more, for a total of 130 practices.

Level 4 - Proactive:

   - Focus: Protecting CUI from advanced persistent threats (APTs).

   - Requirements: Incorporates enhanced security practices and 156 practices in total.

Level 5 - Advanced/Progressive:

   - Focus: Protecting CUI from APTs through advanced and sophisticated security measures.

   - Requirements: Includes the full range of 171 practices from NIST SP 800-171 and adds 110 more, for a total of 281 practices.

The CMMC assessment levels allow organizations to align their cybersecurity practices and controls with the specific requirements of their contracts and the sensitivity of the information they handle. Meeting the appropriate level is essential for obtaining CMMC certification.

 

2. What is the role of a C3PAO (CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization), and how do I choose one for my assessment?
  • The C3PAO plays a crucial role in the CMMC assessment process. Their primary role is to conduct independent assessments of an organization's cybersecurity practices and determine whether the organization meets the requirements for CMMC certification. Here's an overview of their role:
  • Assessment: C3PAOs are responsible for conducting CMMC assessments in accordance with the CMMC framework and assessment guides. They assess an organization's cybersecurity practices, documentation, and controls to determine compliance with CMMC requirements.
  • Impartial Evaluation: C3PAOs provide an impartial and unbiased evaluation of an organization's cybersecurity posture. They are independent from the organization being assessed to ensure the integrity and credibility of the assessment.
  • Certification: After completing the assessment, C3PAOs provide a report with their findings and recommendations to the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). The CMMC-AB then issues the certification based on the C3PAO's assessment report.

Choosing the right C3PAO for your assessment is essential. Here are steps to consider when selecting a C3PAO:

  1. Check Accreditation: Ensure that the C3PAO is accredited by the CMMC-AB. Accreditation ensures that the organization has met the necessary standards for conducting CMMC assessments.
  2. Experience and Expertise: Evaluate the C3PAO's experience and expertise in conducting cybersecurity assessments. Consider their track record and industry reputation.
  3. Cost and Timing: Inquire about the cost of their services and the estimated timeline for the assessment. It's important to understand the financial implications and scheduling.
  4. References and Recommendations: Ask for references and seek recommendations from other organizations that have undergone CMMC assessments with the same C3PAO.
  5. Communication: Ensure that the C3PAO can effectively communicate the assessment process, findings, and recommendations to your organization.

 

3. How do I prepare for a CMMC assessment, and what are the key steps in the assessment process?

Preparing for a CMMC assessment involves understanding requirements, self-assessing, and creating a remediation plan. Engaging an outsourced managed IT firm can offer cost-effective expertise, ensuring accurate compliance and a successful certification outcome.

 

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