Understanding CMMC: Watch Out for Unauthorized Training Providers

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The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework is a new and evolving compliance standard for contractors working with agencies under the Department of Defense (DoD) or select Executive Branch functions. 

Much of this framework focuses on the readiness of a contractor to manage risk and security in their IT systems, and the capabilities they have to handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Since this is such a new framework, however, there is a push to train cybersecurity auditors and managed service providers who can successfully audit contractors in the upcoming years. Accordingly, there are plenty of companies out there advertising that they can provide training for CMMC audits and implementation. 

You must vet any organization that claims they can provide authorized instruction or assessments for CMMC authorization. 

 

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What are Enclaves and Why Are They Important for Handling CUI?

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One of our country’s more important assets is its information. The U.S. IT infrastructure carries private information covering things like financial information, private information, defense and military information or information that is critical to the operation of government agencies. Some information is classified, and some, while not deemed sensitive enough to classify, are protected as Controlled Unclassified Information, or CUI.

CUI is protected under government regulation, which means that if your business wants to work with federal or defense agencies, it must meet regulations to participate. 

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What is a C3PAO in CMMC Certification?

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CMMC certification is rolling out in RFPs in the defense and federal security compliance space. This framework promotes a uniform approach to security to protect important, unclassified data that passes through third-party vendors working with federal agencies. To ensure that companies are meeting their compliance requirements, CMMC leverages outside certified assessors to serve as third-party assessment organizations (C3PAO).

In this article, we will cover the basics of C3PAOs in CMMC certification. This discussion includes a breakdown of CMMC requirements and the importance of a C3PAO in providing objective evaluations of vendor security in the defense space. 

 

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