CMMC Compliance Journey

Service Overview

At Malleum, we recognize the critical role of cybersecurity compliance for organizations operating within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) becomes an essential prerequisite for securing DoD contracts, achieving compliance transcends regulatory necessity and emerges as a pivotal business strategy. Malleum is not only adept in guiding firms to compliance but also in leveraging this achievement as a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Malleum stands out as a Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) accredited by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (Cyber AB). This designation confirms our adherence to the required standards and practices, ensuring that we provide reliable and informed compliance support. With Registered Practitioners on our team, we are equipped to assist your organization throughout the compliance process, enhancing your security posture and aligning it with DoD requirements. Our CMMC Gap Assessment Service is specifically tailored to uncover gaps in your cybersecurity practices, map the flow of sensitive information, and establish a solid foundation for comprehensive compliance and strategic advantage.

Key Benefits

Eligibility for DoD Contracts
Achieving CMMC compliance qualifies your company to pursue lucrative US Department of Defense contracts. Compliance is not just a regulatory checkbox but a critical enabler of opportunities in defense contracting. By meeting CMMC requirements, you ensure your business meets stringent security standards necessary for handling sensitive government data, positioning your company as a trusted partner in the defense industrial base.
Preservation of OEM Relationships
Maintaining compliance with CMMC standards is vital for preserving and enhancing relationships with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). As these manufacturers will require their partners to adhere to CMMC requirements, your compliance demonstrates a commitment to security and reliability. This not only strengthens existing partnerships but also opens doors to new collaborations within the industry.
Standout in a Competitive Market
By achieving CMMC compliance, your organization not only meets stringent security standards but also stands out among competitors. At the early stage, this compliance is increasingly recognized as a mark of reliability and commitment to security, offering a significant advantage when bidding for contracts not just with the DoD, but also with other entities that prioritize security, including for NATO country allies.
Enhanced Cybersecurity Posture
CMMC compliance means adopting a robust cybersecurity framework that incorporates various best practices to protect your organization. This comprehensive approach enhances your defenses against cyber threats, from phishing to advanced persistent threats, ensuring your sensitive data and systems are protected. By elevating your cybersecurity posture, you not only safeguard your assets but also strengthen your market position.
Robust Data Protection
With CMMC, your company will implement advanced data protection measures, including stringent access controls, multifactor authentication, and comprehensive encryption protocols. These measures are designed to protect sensitive defense-related information from unauthorized access and breaches, thereby reducing your organization's risk profile. By ensuring the security of critical data, you uphold the high-security standards expected by the Department of Defense and other regulatory bodies.
Minimize Operational and Financial Risks
CMMC compliance helps in identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities, which in turn reduces the risk of cyber threats that can lead to operational disruptions and financial losses. This proactive risk management is crucial for maintaining business continuity and protecting your organization’s reputation in a landscape where cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Our Approach

Embarking on your CMMC compliance journey with Malleum offers a structured, comprehensive path to certification. Our approach is meticulously designed to be client-focused, ensuring success at every phase and building your capacity to maintain and manage compliance independently over time:

1. CMMC Gap Assessment

We initiate the process with a comprehensive evaluation of your current cybersecurity practices to pinpoint gaps against CMMC standards. For organizations aiming for CMMC Level 2 compliance, this involves aligning with NIST SP 800-171 requirements. Those targeting Level 3 must also integrate controls from NIST SP 800-172. Additionally, we conduct a data flow analysis to trace how Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) move throughout your organization. This essential first step ensures a thorough understanding of necessary enhancements, providing a robust foundation for tailored compliance efforts.

2. Tailored Roadmap Development

Leveraging insights from the gap assessment and using your new systems security plan as the benchmark, we create a customized compliance roadmap. This strategic plan aligns with your business objectives and operational timelines, ensuring a smooth transition to higher security standards without disrupting your business processes.

3. Implementation Support

Our team is ready to actively support the implementation of necessary security controls and processes. We provide hands-on assistance, advice, and resources to ensure that your organization meets all the requirements in your system security plan.

4. Support for Continuous Improvement & Ongoing Management

We equip your team with the knowledge and recommend tooling necessary for ongoing compliance management. This step is focused on enabling your organization to sustain and improve its compliance stance independently, ensuring long-term security and adherence to standards. This is critical to ensure that your organization is ready for annual self-attestations of compliance and triennial assessments by a CMMC Third Party Assessor Organizations (C3PAO).

5. Pre-Certification Review

Before undergoing the official certification audit, we conduct a comprehensive review to ensure that all CMMC criteria are met. This preparation helps anticipate any potential issues, paving the way for a successful audit.

6. Support During Audit

Throughout the certification process, our consultants are available to provide expert guidance and support. We help you navigate the audit confidently, addressing any queries from auditors and facilitating a smooth evaluation process.

7. Ongoing Support and Maintenance as Required

After achieving certification, we remain committed to supporting your organization. Whether it’s adapting to updates in CMMC requirements or providing periodic reviews, our ongoing support ensures your compliance remains robust and current.

By partnering with Malleum, you gain not just a service provider but a partner dedicated to enhancing your cybersecurity resilience and compliance capabilities.