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As a managed services provider, we specialize in providing comprehensive solutions to help your organization meet the requirements of the CMMC framework. We understand that achieving CMMC certification can be a complex and challenging process, which is why we offer a range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of your organization.
Our team of experienced cybersecurity experts has extensive knowledge of the CMMC framework and can guide you through the entire compliance process, from readiness assessments and gap analyses to the implementation of technical security controls and ongoing compliance management. Our solutions are designed to help you achieve your CMMC compliance goals quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively, so you can continue to do business with the Department of Defense and protect sensitive information. At Winsor, we pride ourselves on providing customized, flexible solutions that deliver tangible results, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your organization is fully compliant with the latest cybersecurity standards.
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We’ll conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your organization’s current security posture against CMMC standards to identify gaps and risks that need to be addressed.
We will perform an in-depth review of your organization’s current security controls and processes against the CMMC requirements to identify gaps and deficiencies that need to be remediated.
Technical Controls Implementation
The installation, configuration, and testing of technical security controls, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and access controls, to ensure that an organization’s systems meet the requirements of the CMMC standards.
Our process will identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential risks to your organization’s assets and operations to inform the development of risk mitigation strategies.
Policy and Procedure Development
Winsor will create policies and procedures that align with the requirements of the CMMC standards and provide clear guidance for employees on how to comply with these standards.
Security Awareness Training
Winsor has developed strategies to conduct employee training that ensures everyone in your organization understands their role in protecting sensitive information and complying with CMMC regulations.
Ongoing Compliance Management
Our qualified specialists will work with your business to review all your processes against regulatory guidelines and applicable laws, providing guidance to bring your organization into full compliance. We’ll stay on top of regulations, even as the laws change. That means you can focus on running your business and we’ll make sure you’re compliant.
Winsor identifies potential vulnerabilities in your organization’s systems and networks and then provides recommendations for remediation to help improve overall security posture.
This is an authorized attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in your organization’s systems to identify potential weaknesses that could be exploited by attackers and to help your organization better understand its overall security posture.
Additional CMMC Services
- Incident Response Planning – A process that outlines how an organization will respond to a security incident, including identifying key stakeholders, establishing communication protocols, and outlining remediation and recovery steps.
Disaster Recovery Planning – A process that outlines how an organization will recover from a disaster, such as a cyber attack, natural disaster, or other unexpected events, and includes procedures for restoring systems and data.
Security Program Development – A process that helps organizations develop a comprehensive security program that aligns with regulatory compliance requirements and provides a framework for managing and reducing risk.
Privacy Program Development – A process that helps organizations develop a comprehensive privacy program that aligns with regulatory compliance requirements, and provides a framework for managing and protecting sensitive personal information.
Compliance Audit – A review of an organization’s compliance with regulatory standards, such as CMMC or HIPAA, to ensure that all requirements are being met and to identify any areas for improvement.
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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) FAQ
How long does CMMC certification take?
The length of time it takes to achieve certification for CMMC or other compliance frameworks can vary based on several factors, including the size and complexity of the organization, the level of certification being pursued, and the readiness of the organization to meet the requirements of the standard.
In general, the process of achieving CMMC certification can take several months to a year or more. This is because achieving CMMC certification requires a comprehensive assessment of an organization’s security posture, identification of any gaps, and development and implementation of a tailored compliance plan.
The length of time it takes to achieve NIST compliance can also vary depending on the size and complexity of the organization and the level of compliance being pursued. Implementing and achieving compliance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending on the organization’s readiness and the scope of the implementation.
It’s important to note that achieving compliance is an ongoing process, and organizations must continuously monitor and maintain their compliance to ensure they remain up-to-date with the latest standards and requirements.
Are NIST & CMMC the same?
No, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) are not the same things.
NIST is a set of cybersecurity standards and best practices developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) provides guidelines for managing and reducing cybersecurity risk for organizations of all types and sizes.
CMMC, on the other hand, is a framework designed specifically for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to ensure that they have adequate cybersecurity controls in place to protect sensitive information. It was developed by the DoD to standardize and strengthen the cybersecurity practices of contractors and suppliers who work with the DoD.
While both NIST and CMMC focus on cybersecurity, they have different scopes and purposes. NIST provides a more general cybersecurity framework that can be applied to any organization, while CMMC is focused specifically on DoD contractors and the protection of sensitive DoD information.
What's the difference between CMMC & CMMC 2.0?
It’s important to note that the CMMC 2.0 framework had not been finalized. However, it’s expected that CMMC 2.0 will include additional updates and changes to the existing CMMC framework to provide additional guidance and clarification on compliance requirements.
One of the main goals of CMMC 2.0 is to streamline the certification process and make it more efficient and cost-effective for organizations seeking certification. It’s expected that the new framework will include improvements to the assessment process and more guidance on the use of tools and technologies to help organizations achieve compliance.
CMMC 2.0 is also expected to provide more flexibility in the certification process, including the ability for organizations to obtain provisional certification while they work on achieving full compliance. Additionally, the new framework is expected to provide more guidance on the use of third-party assessors, who play a key role in the certification process.
It’s important to note that the final framework may differ, organizations seeking CMMC certification should consult with the CMMC Accreditation Body and other relevant sources to stay up-to-date on the latest guidance and requirements for CMMC compliance.
How is CMMC scored?
CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is not scored in the same way as some other compliance frameworks, such as the SOC (Service Organization Control) framework. Instead of a numeric score, CMMC certification is awarded based on the level of cybersecurity maturity demonstrated by the organization.
The CMMC framework includes five levels of certification, ranging from basic cybersecurity hygiene (Level 1) to advanced cybersecurity practices (Level 5). To achieve certification at a particular level, an organization must demonstrate that it has implemented all of the security controls associated with that level, as well as any controls associated with lower levels.
Assessments for CMMC certification are conducted by certified third-party assessors who evaluate an organization’s compliance with the CMMC standards. The assessment includes a review of the organization’s security controls, policies, and procedures, as well as an evaluation of its ability to detect and respond to cyber threats. The assessor then makes a determination as to whether the organization has met the requirements for certification at the desired level.
It’s important to note that CMMC certification is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing process that requires organizations to continuously monitor and maintain their compliance with the CMMC standards. Organizations must be able to demonstrate their continued compliance in order to maintain their certification.
Overall, the CMMC certification process focuses on demonstrating an organization’s overall cybersecurity maturity, rather than assigning a numeric score. By achieving certification at a particular level, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity and their ability to protect sensitive information, which is especially important for those working with the Department of Defense.
Why is CMMC needed?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to address growing concerns about cybersecurity threats to the defense industrial base (DIB). The DIB includes the vast network of organizations and contractors that work with the DoD, including those that provide products and services related to national security. The DoD has identified the DIB as a prime target for cyberattacks due to the sensitive nature of the information and technologies that these organizations handle.
CMMC was created to help protect the DIB against cyber threats by establishing a set of cybersecurity standards that all organizations working with the DoD must adhere to. CMMC requires all DIB contractors to achieve a certain level of cybersecurity maturity based on their risk profile and the sensitivity of the information they handle. By implementing these cybersecurity standards, the DoD aims to reduce the risk of cyberattacks on the DIB and to ensure that sensitive information is protected from cyber threats.
CMMC is needed to ensure that the DIB is secure and resilient against cyber threats. It provides a standardized approach to cybersecurity that can be applied across the DIB, regardless of the size or complexity of the organization. By requiring all DIB contractors to achieve a certain level of cybersecurity maturity, CMMC helps to create a more secure environment for the exchange of sensitive information and technologies between the DoD and its contractors.
Overall, CMMC is a critical component of the DoD’s cybersecurity strategy, and is essential for protecting the national security interests of the United States.
How does Winsor (a MSP) help with CMMC?
Winsor Consulting can provide a wide range of services to help organizations achieve and maintain compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
- Compliance Readiness Assessment: Winsor can conduct a comprehensive evaluation of an organization’s current security posture against CMMC standards to identify gaps and risks that need to be addressed. This includes reviewing security policies and procedures, technical controls, and employee training programs. We can work with the organization to develop a roadmap for achieving compliance and address any gaps that were identified during the assessment.
- Compliance Gap Analysis: We can perform an in-depth review of an organization’s current security controls and processes against the CMMC requirements to identify gaps and deficiencies that need to be remediated. Winsor can provide detailed recommendations for addressing these gaps, including technical controls, policies and procedures, and employee training programs. The MSP can work with the organization to implement these recommendations and ensure that all CMMC requirements are being met.
- Technical Controls Implementation: We are able to provide expert guidance on the installation, configuration, and testing of technical security controls, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and access controls, to ensure that an organization’s systems meet the requirements of the CMMC standards. Winsor Consulting can work with the organization to implement these controls in a way that is tailored to their specific needs and helps them achieve and maintain compliance.
- Ongoing Compliance Management: We have the ability to provide ongoing monitoring, testing, and reporting to ensure that an organization’s systems remain compliant with the CMMC standards and that any changes to the standards are addressed in a timely manner. We can provide regular updates and recommendations to help the organization stay up-to-date with the latest requirements and ensure that its compliance efforts are effective and sustainable.
Overall, Winsor Consulting (an MSP) can help organizations navigate the complex and evolving landscape of CMMC compliance, providing expert guidance and support to help them achieve and maintain compliance with the standards. Additionally, we can help organizations manage the costs and resources associated with CMMC compliance, allowing them to focus on their core business activities and mission.
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The DoD has stated that CMMC requirements will be included in all new DoD contracts starting in 2021 and that all DoD contractors will eventually be required to achieve CMMC certification in order to continue doing business with the DoD. The phased implementation plan will allow organizations to gradually transition to the new certification requirements, giving them time to prepare and adjust their cybersecurity practices to meet the standards. The deadline for certification has been pushed a couple of times now, however, 2025 seems to be a promising year for a complete rollout.