CMMC for Small Businesses: Getting Ready for Compliance

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Starting in Q1 2025, software providers in the DoD supply chain must align their security with CMMC 2.0 standards. While many enterprise customers have been spending that past year getting ready, the reality is that most businesses don’t share this level of preparedness–specifically, small businesses. 

Meeting the challenges of a complex framework like CMMC can be challenging for SMBs with limited IT resources. Here, we’ll discuss how these organizations can prepare for their impending compliance requirements and maintain their contractual arrangements within the Defense supply chain. 


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The CMMC Proposed Rule and Expectations in 2024

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In December 2023, the Department of Defense announced its new Proposed Rules for CMMC. This release comes two years after their initial proposal for CMMC 2.0 as a framework. 

Many of CMMC’s expected requirements are coming to pass, and the DoD is looking to finalize and aggressively roll out the program over the next three years. 

Learn more about this next phase in CMMC implementation and what it might mean for your organization.


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What is the Difference Between DFARS and CMMC?

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Security and compliance are paramount in the defense industry–even for unclassified information, like Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The operations of these particular industries call for the utmost discretion, and all stakeholders must be on the same page. 

As modern digital infrastructure makes its way into the defense supply chain, it’s equally crucial for contractors and business operators to meet these exact requirements. That’s why the Department of Defense (DoD) has created two different cybersecurity frameworks over the past few decades–the Defense Acquisition Federal Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework.


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