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Contractors and subcontractors in the Defense Industrial Base must demonstrate CMMC compliance if they wish to continue working with the Department of Defense. Full stop. But CMMC isn’t just a “check-the-box-compliance” initiative. Contractors reap myriad benefits from CMMC compliance. CMMC compliance demonstrates a commitment to data security, establishes trust and credibility, protects CUI, and reduces the risks of data breaches and cyberattacks.

Kiteworks is uniquely qualified to help organizations in the DIB achieve CMMC compliance and secure business with the DoD. As a FedRAMP Moderate Authorized secure file sharing solution, the Kiteworks Private Content Network offers advanced security and governance capabilities and features that align with the CMMC practices and controls. This includes granular access controls, encryption at rest and in transit, and visibility into all file activity. Additionally, Kiteworks offers advanced reporting and auditing capabilities, making it easier for organizations to track and demonstrate compliance with CMMC as well as other data privacy regulations and standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

CMMC 2.0 is an update to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) that was initially released in January 2021. It is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) method for requiring organizations in the DoD supply chain to protect federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI) to the appropriate level determined (there are three levels in CMMC 2.0). CMMC 2.0 is a restructure of CMMC’s maturity levels by eliminating two of the original five ratings, improved assessment protocols that reduce costs for contractors, and the introduction of a more flexible path to certification through Plans of Action & Milestones (POA&Ms)

Compliance with NIST standards are levied as contractual requirements through inclusion of clauses such as FAR 52.204-21 and DFARS 252.204-7012. CMMC requirements result in a contractor self-assessment, or a third-party assessment by a CMMC Third Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO), to determine whether the applicable NIST standard (as identified by the DFARS clause) has been met. Under CMMC 2.0, a Level 2 assessment will be conducted against the NIST SP 800-171 standard and a Level 3 assessment will be based on a subset of NIST SP 800-172 requirements.

CMMC C3PAO is a CMMC Third Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) authorized and certified by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) to conduct assessments of contractors and subcontractors seeking certification to demonstrate compliance with the CMMC standard. C3PAOs are entrusted with assessing and certifying that companies in the defense industrial base (DIB) supply chain have met the cybersecurity requirements of the CMMC standard. Their responsibilities include evaluating and issuing certificates of adherence to the CMMC standard. The C3PAO must review and certify the contractor or subcontractor’s audit and self-assessment reports based on the DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model. The C3PAO must also be able to recommend and implement corrective actions as needed.

CMMC 2.0 applies to all third parties within the defense supply chain, including contractors, vendors, and any other contracted third parties related to the support of the department of defense (DoD). All civilian organizations that do business with the DoD must comply with CMMC2.0, based on the type of CUI and FCI that they handle and exchange. The list of entities includes:

  • DoD prime contractors
  • DoD subcontractors
  • Suppliers at all tiers in the DIB
  • DoD small business suppliers
  • Commercial suppliers that process, handle, or store CUI
  • Foreign suppliers
  • Team members of DoD contractors that handle CUI such as IT managed service providers

According to Kiteworks, working with a CMMC Third Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) provides several benefits for organizations seeking certification under CMMC 2.0 standards:

  • Expertise: A certified third-party assessor has extensive experience assessing cybersecurity programs across multiple industries and can provide valuable insight into best practices for achieving compliance with CMMC 2.0 standards.
  • Objectivity: An independent third-party assessor provides unbiased feedback on an organization’s security posture that can help identify areas where improvements are needed.
  • Cost Savings: Working with a certified third-party assessor can save time and money compared to hiring internal staff or consultants who may not have expertise in assessingcybersecurity programs.
  • Efficiency: A certified third-party assessor can quickly identify gaps in an organization’ssecurity posture, helping to reduce time spent preparing for certification.
  • Peace of Mind: Having an independent third-party assessor review a DoD supplier’s cybersecurity program provides peace of mind, ensuring that organizations have taken all necessary steps toward achieving compliance with CMMC 2.0 standards.



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