The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard is complex, but for many organizations, learning the ins and outs is crucial.
High-level national security measures are necessary in maintaining U.S. interests at home and abroad. Organizations wishing to do business with the federal government must adhere to strict regulations, including the new CMMC standard. As such, organizations must understand the CMMC’s specifications and learn how to achieve compliance with the standard. While details about the CMMC standard are still forthcoming, organizations should perform self-assessments now, in advance of new opportunities.
Background and overview of the CMMC standard
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) relies on a vast network of organizations to provide support and critical services to achieve strategic initiatives. This network of organizations is known as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and it includes more than 300,000 entities. Attackers who seek to compromise the U.S. supply chain in order to gain intelligence, disrupt operations, or otherwise interfere with U.S. interests view DIB entities as valuable, vulnerable targets. In fact, cybertheft operations performed by foreign adversaries are estimated to cost the U.S. tens to hundreds of billions of dollars annually.