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As cybersecurity threats continue to increase in sophistication, the importance of securing Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) has never been more vital. To combat these challenges, the Department of Defense (DoD) has implemented the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework, which sets cybersecurity standards for companies that handle CUI.

Cleared Systems, a company specializing in CMMC compliance, employs CMMC 2.0 consultants to help organizations achieve compliance. A day in the life of a CMMC 2.0 consultant can vary depending on the stage of the compliance process.

The consultant's first task is to evaluate the client's current cybersecurity measures against the CMMC requirements. This includes reviewing the client's policies, procedures, and technical controls. Based on this evaluation, the consultant will create a compliance plan that outlines the steps the client needs to take to achieve compliance.

Here are just a few compliance documents each CMMC consultant completes for each client:

  • CMMC Assessment Guide: This guide provides detailed information on the CMMC model, including the process for conducting a CMMC assessment.
  • CMMC Model: This document outlines the various maturity levels and domains required for CMMC compliance.
  • System Security Plan (SSP): This document provides a detailed description of the client's system and how it is secured.
  • Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M): This document identifies any deficiencies in the client's security posture and outlines steps to remediate them.
  • Policies and Procedures: This set of documents provides guidelines and instructions for the client's security practices.
  • Evidence Collection Plan (ECP): This plan outlines the evidence that the consultant will need to collect during the assessment process.
  • Assessment Results: This document summarizes the results of the CMMC assessment, including any gaps or deficiencies identified during the assessment process.

During the compliance process, the consultant will work with the client to implement the necessary changes. This can include implementing new technical controls, updating policies and procedures, and training employees on proper cybersecurity practices.

The consultant will also be responsible for conducting CMMC assessments to ensure that the client's cybersecurity measures meet the necessary requirements. These assessments involve reviewing documentation, interviewing personnel, and testing technical controls.

Once the client has achieved compliance, the consultant will help them maintain compliance through regular assessments and updates to policies and procedures. They will also monitor for any changes to the CMMC framework and make recommendations for updates to the client's cybersecurity measures.

CMMC 2.0 consultants must have a deep understanding of the NIST 800-171 framework, which is the foundation for CMMC compliance. The consultant must also have a strong knowledge of CUI and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), which mandates CMMC compliance for all DoD contractors.

In conclusion, CMMC 2.0 consultants play a critical role in helping organizations achieve compliance with the CMMC framework. Their work is essential to ensuring the security of CUI and protecting against cyber threats. If your organization handles CUI and needs help achieving CMMC compliance, contact Cleared Systems to speak with a CMMC 2.0 consultant today.

If your organization needs help achieving CMMC compliance, contact Cleared Systems to speak with a CMMC 2.0 consultant today. Protect your business and ensure the security of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

Ways We Can Help You

Contact us to receive assistance in navigating cybersecurity risks and information compliance for your company. Here are some additional ways we can help:

  • Schedule a free discovery session with us during which we can learn about your company, answer your questions, and assist you in determining if Cleared Systems is the right fit for you.

  • Register for our upcoming cybersecurity and information compliance training.

  • Purchase our books on CMMC 2.0, CUI, Data Breaches, and ITAR.

  • Join our weekly free webinar sessions to ask questions and learn about the latest developments in cybersecurity and information compliance.

Author Profile

Carl B. Johnson, President of Cleared Systems, is a highly experienced and a ITAR, CMMC 2.0, Microsoft GCC High, and Microsoft DLP/AIP consultant. With over twenty years of experience in information assurance, cybersecurity, policy development, risk management, and regulatory compliance, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his clients.

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