“I’m so elated to announce that Cleared Systems has been officially approved as a CMMC Registered Provider Organization by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). This is timely in light of the recent cybersecurity incidences affecting the government & its supply chain. We believe that we’re better positioned to offer compliance support services and valuable insights to any company seeking to achieve CMMC certification.” –Carl B. Johnson, President & Information Security Consultant at Cleared Systems.

The ever-increasing cybersecurity breaches have left various organizations vulnerable, and the United States DoD cannot take any chances with its contractors. Hence, it formulated the CMMC framework. It encompasses several maturity levels that the DIB organizations and contractors must meet, proving they are dedicated and prepared to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

How can organizations improve their processes and improve their protection of CUI by becoming CMMC certified? This is where CMMC-AB plays a key role. CMMC-AB is an independent accreditation body that trains and assesses DoD contractors and hopefuls, ensuring they are adequately prepared to secure sensitive information and information technologies. An RPO plays an essential role in preparing the DoD contractors for certification.

What is a Registered Provider Organization (RPO)?

Within CMMC ecosystems, an RPO provides consulting, advice, and recommendations to DIB and Federal Government subcontractors preparing for a CMMC certification. RPOs are the consultants and implementers that help contractors prepare for certification but don’t oversee certified assessments. Our RPs are experts in cybersecurity best practices and CMMC framework.

This helps us maintain a firm focus on CMMC standards and offer expert services to our clients. At Cleared Systems, we have a history of providing the DoD and Federal Government subcontractors with expert guidance, leading to certification. As a result, CMMC-AB has officially recognized and listed us as an approved RPO. 

Benefits of Working With an RPO

Working with a certified CMMC-AB RPO greatly benefits any Federal Government organization. The organization won’t have to start from scratch when it’s looking to harden its infrastructure in readiness for a CMMC certification. By partnering with an RPO, you can have confidence that you are working with an MSP that:

  • Adheres to the CMMC-AB’s Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Is authorized to represent itself as conversant with all the CMMC standard constructs. 
  • Has Gone through CMMC-AB-provided training.
  • Can participate as an assessment team member in the interim period.
  • Has passed various commercial background checks.

Cleared System’s CMMC Readiness Offerings

At the core of our various CMMC readiness offerings is strengthening your organization’s cybersecurity maturity to comply laws, regulations, or government-wide policies regarding storage and dissemination of CUI. Our team consists of experienced experts with a deep understanding of CMMC compliance that can help you improve your cybersecurity maturity. In addition, as a now registered CMMC-AB RPO, we can help you prepare for CMMC compliance and certification through the following steps:

Gap Assessment

After you’ve decided the CMMC level you want to be certified, selecting a qualified RPO to help you with gap analysis should be your next step. At Cleared Systems, we’ll take a deeper look at your organization’s cybersecurity posture and compare it to the requirements of NIST SP 800-171 and other applicable controls. This aims at pointing out any compliance “gaps” considering the maturity level you want to be certified at and laying down what is needed to help you prepare for CMMC.

Preparation of SSP & POAM

Based on the findings of the gap analysis, as a vetted CMMC-AB RPO, we will then draft an SSP (System Security Plan) and POAMs (Plan of Action & Milestones), providing documentary evidence to show your Prime contractor or DoD you are committed and well on course towards achieving CMMC compliance. The two are critical in your journey toward CMMC Certification. In addition, by hiring us to write your SSPs, POAMs, and other cybersecurity documentation, you will save on expenses on lost productivity associated with having the internal staff undertake the process.

Remediation Consulting

As an accredited CMMC-AB RPO, we can also amend any gaps pointed out on the POAMs documentation to ensure you’re on the right CMMC certification path. The remediation process’ complexity depends on the state of your current IT systems. It could be as simple as implementing a multi-factor authentication on your organization’s business accounts or as complex as updating or renewing your entire IT infrastructure. By working with an RPO, you can rest assured that all loopholes in your system are sealed and will not suffer any setbacks in your CMMC compliance journey.

Optimization

The other role we can play as a vetted RPO is optimization. This is an ongoing process where we continually improve and optimize operations to keep you relevant and updated on the present security controls. This includes monitoring, compliance, and continuous maintenance in readiness for CMMC audits and formalized incident response. Further, Cleared Systems can help you prepare for the CMMC accreditation audits and guide you to achieving your targeted implementation levels. To us, CMMC is a good business practice for reducing your company’s risks and an essential framework that ensures the protection of CUI.

Let Us Help You

The journey to becoming CMMC-certified is costly, long, and tedious, especially if explored without the input of a cybersecurity expert. To reach any certification goal, you should thoroughly plan and implement particular variables, which might take approximately 8-12 months. Fortunately, working with a reliable RPO will lessen the bottlenecks and ensure you are on a speedy journey towards becoming CMMC compliant.

As a certified RPO, Cleared Systems has the expertise and resources to help you at any stage of your journey to CMMC compliance. Our overly qualified and experienced RPs are adequately versed with CMMC requirements and can help you at any stage. Contact us today for help with your CMMC compliance, a significant milestone towards certification.

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