What is the Relationship Between CMMC and NIST 800-171

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CMMC, RMF, FedRAMP, NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, DFARS… there are a lot of terms, documents and requirements are thrown around when it comes to federal and defense contracting. Many of these items overlap to help contractors guarantee compliance and security, but without a clear understanding of their relationships, it’s easy to lose sight of the forest due to the trees. 

Here, we’ll cover some of the complications related to the upcoming CMMC migration for DoD contractors. This includes a comparison of CMMC against NIST 800-171 and DFARS, and what that means for contractors now and in the future. 

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Accelerate the CMMC Certification Process

The Defense Department’s new high-profile cybersecurity regulations, CMMC, is on schedule for implementation this year. The CMMC Certification is part of the Defense Department’s push to protect industrial base networks and controlled unclassified information from cyber¬attacks. The CMMC rules will require contractors to be certified by third-party auditors, which will ensure that companies adhere to specific standards. Organizations will be required to meet different security requirements depending on the type of work they are doing, with level 1 being the lightest and level 5 the most stringent.

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