Starting the Journey to CMMC Compliance

Since the onset of 2024, government regulations regarding Cybersecurity have steadily progressed. The National Cybersecurity Strategy and the proposed CMMC Rule aim to enhance Cybersecurity within the Defense Industry Base (DIB), improve Cyber resilience, and standardize cybersecurity requirements across all Federal and contractor information systems.

A business can begin its compliance efforts at minimal direct cost by identifying internal policies and processes, as well as data management and storage. These insights can help stakeholders and IT staff define system boundaries and decide whether to apply compliance measures across all systems or only within a compliant enclave.

Evaluating internal IT products, tools, and services helps a business avoid investments that might negatively impact its compliance status. Depending on contractual requirements, the resources listed below can assist businesses in finding compliant products and services.

Below are resources that can aid businesses in selecting compliant products and services.

  1. NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership) Product Compliant List – The products, evaluated and granted certificates by NIAP or under CCRA partnering schemes, Comply with the requirements of the NIAP program and where applicable, the requirements of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Cryptographic validation program(s).
  1. DoD Approved Products List – The Defense Information Systems Agency maintains the DOD Information Network (DODIN) Approved Products List (APL) process, as outlined in DOD Instruction 8100.04 on behalf of the Department of Defense. This process provides a single, consolidated list of products that have met cybersecurity and interoperation certification requirements.
  1. FedRAMP Marketplace – The FedRAMP Marketplace is a searchable and sortable database of CSOs that have achieved a FedRAMP designation, a list of federal agencies using FedRAMP Authorized CSOs, and FedRAMP recognized assessors/auditors (3PAOs) that can perform a FedRAMP assessment.

If your business needs assistance in evaluating risk requirements, enviroment scoping, or simply advising on the best path forward to begin your compliance efforts; Cybernet Systems offers flexible consulting services.

If your business has already started its journey towards compliance, Cybernet offers a variety of pre-assessment packages. These can evaluate your current Cybersecurity posture and guide future compliance decisions and investments.