Protecting sensitive information against nation-states and non-state actors is a top priority for the Department of Defense.
Contractors who store, process, or transmit DoD federal contract information or controlled unclassified information must comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework.
We’ve helped many contractors throughout the U.S. navigate DFARS, NIST 800-171, and CMMC. We are passionate about assisting contractors in safeguarding sensitive information to protect our warfighters.
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Aligned Technology Solutions is an accredited Registered Provider Organization (RPO). Our team helps our clients quickly achieve compliance at a reasonable cost. Aligned completes the consulting in two steps.
Our team conducts your assessment. We perform a detailed analysis of your network and compare it against the security controls required by NIST 800-171. We evaluate:
We prepare a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan-of-Action & Milestones (POA&M) that provide evidence of your path toward compliance with the DoD.
Our second step is the remediation process outlined in the POA&M. We address any items requiring action to align your organization with the necessary standards. Remediation for Level 2 is the implementation of just enough security controls, processes, procedures, and capabilities to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) per the requirements of the CMMC.
Watch this video for answers to the top CMMC 2.0 questions from one of our CyberAB-accredited Certified CMMC Professionals (CCPs).
Our mission to deliver leading CMMC Advisory and Assessment services is founded on our experience with highly-regulated organizations.
Partnering with our CMMC experts can save your organization time and money by properly documenting and demonstrating what your organization is doing to protect the security of your internal systems and data.
Our CMMC experts ensure that your current program meets the standards for a successful CMMC audit. We provide immediate feedback and guidance to ensure you can meet CMMC requirements and provide timely follow-up and support throughout the process.
Aligned is a trusted partner. We offer highly-skilled guidance in addressing complex cybersecurity challenges, resulting in verifiable compliance. o.
Our Certified CMMC Professionals are exceptionally qualified, assisting clients in achieving a solid security posture rapidly and efficiently.
We continuously strive to exceed expectations. Our goal is to perform more than a service. We provide expertise with the highest level of quality and excellence.
Our extensive experience in information technology enables us to assist commercial and federal clients in achieving strong security and compliance measures.
The term Managed Service Provider doesn’t cut it for Aligned. We prefer Managed Service Partner — that’s what we think of when we call ourselves an MSP. Creating that partnership-level bond with clients requires trust, the first thing we build before any Aligned IT solution is in place. Building that trust means knowing the people depending on our expertise, knowing who we are working for. Only then can we accurately determine your organization’s needs and design, develop and deploy a solution — one that works from the start, and is able to adapt to the future.
To support our mission and reduce our customers risk, we maintain expert competency in several Information Security Benchmarks, Compliance Frameworks and Methodologies. These include NIST 800-171, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), HIPAA, NIST Cybersecurity Frameworks, MITRE ATT&CK, Lockheed Martin Cyber Kill Chain, and Centers for Internet Security CIS Controls.
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The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) certification framework. It ensures that private sector defense contractors and subcontractors meet cybersecurity standards that protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
A CMMC assessment is conducted before an audit by a C3PAO because it serves as an estimation tool to identify where you are on the maturity scale of the framework. An evaluation is essential because your entire system must be up to date with the latest, most secure practices and controls that the CMMC audit verifies. Preparing with an assessment can help you pass the C3PAO audit successfully.
Level 1 assessments require that organizations use basic cyber hygiene practices to ensure the security of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The Level 1 criteria include implementing 15 security requirements related to:
It also includes identifying cybersecurity roles and responsibilities, security awareness training, and incident reporting. Organizations must develop basic information assurance processes to control their data, measure performance, and address identified vulnerabilities. The requirements mandate that organizations employ encryption, cryptography, identity management, authentication standards, and media protection.
Level 1 assessments help organizations protect FCI and CUI while protecting their confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
Level 2 is a cyber security assessment designed to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in contractors’ information systems.
This level requires organizations to identify, control access to, and monitor the use of CUI. The assessment comprises 110 cybersecurity practices, split into 17 domains and 109 process activities. These activities are the specific requirements that organizations need to meet to pass the level 2 audit.
These include implementing processes for access control, system and communications protection, identifying and protecting CUI, managing information security risks following DoD standards, and many others.
The process for the assessment includes the following:
System Security Plan (SSP) is a document required for all DoD contractors who must meet the requirements of the CMMC 2.0. The SSP outlines the security measures, plans, and policies that the organization has put in place to protect CUI.
A Plan-of-Action & Milestones (POA&M) is a document that outlines the steps needed to achieve a goal, detailing the tasks that need to be completed, the time frame for completing each task, and the resources and personnel required to complete it.
The POA&M can help break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps and ensure that progress is being made toward the goal in an organized and efficient manner. It serves as a tool for evaluating progress, helping to identify potential pitfalls, and taking corrective action as needed. What are the challenges of a co-managed IT environment?
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