It’s been almost a year since we wrote about the risks of delaying CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) compliance. The only thing that has remained constant since then is that CMMC is not going away. There have been many noteworthy recent developments in the DoD supply chain news space related to updates for DIB contractors to comply with the DFARS 7012 requirements to safeguard CUI (controlled unclassified information) data. The CMMC 2.0 final rulemaking timeline continues to shift from over the horizon to right around the corner, and the recently released NIST 800-171 revision 3 draft amplifies concerns about upcoming changes to the framework requiring additional protections for prime and subprime organizations supplying the DoD.Read More
An Introduction to Cybersecurity for the Defense Industrial Base:
In today's digital age, cybersecurity is of paramount importance, particularly for organizations within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). In January 2020, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) introduced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework, building upon established cybersecurity standards from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-53 and NIST Special Publication 800-171. These publications are closely aligned with the CMMC 2.0 requirements, providing essential guidelines for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in non-federal systems and organizations. In addition, DFARS 252.204-7020 clause requires contractors to undergo an assessment of their implementation of NIST SP 800-171 controls by an accredited third-party assessment organization to evaluate a DIB contractor's compliance with the security requirements outlined in NIST SP 800-171 and provide assurance that adequate safeguards are in place to protect CUI.Read More
Adoption of Microsoft’s 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC) High sovereign cloud solution is on the rise as organizations in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) work to ensure compliance with the stringent regulations related to the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CMMC) v2.0 and current NIST 800-171 framework. GCC High is an excellent option for DIB contractors who handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) data in their cloud or hybrid environments.
Microsoft continuously improves and enhances features and capabilities to the GCC High platform. Just like updates to Microsoft 365, it can be hard to keep up with them all. Daymark’s Government Community Services Team has carefully selected updates we believe are worth paying attention to with our own GCC High Roadmap.Read More
Preparing for a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 assessment can be completely overwhelming. Here’s the good news: If you’re NIST 800-171 compliant, you’re more than halfway there. If you’re not, you’ve got some work to do for sure, but it’s not as complicated or daunting as you may fear.
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The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 is the DoD framework designed to enhance cybersecurity and protect against compromise of sensitive defense information on contractors’ systems. Some defense industrial base organizations (DIB) have mistakenly taken a “wait and see” attitude about preparing for CMMC compliance, believing that they will wait until the government finalizes 2.0 requirements. While holding off on the time, resources and budget to prepare for CMMC may seem prudent (and frankly easier to delay), the risks of waiting could have a significantly negative impact on contractors’ revenue. Here’s why:Read More
If your organization has been working towards NIST 800-171 and is now on the journey to achieve CMMC 2.0 (the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) it can be difficult to understand what you’ve already achieved and what’s left to do. Both standards are intended to reduce threats and strengthen cybersecurity for sensitive government data. Here’s some details on how they relate to each other and what’s involved to take the next steps toward CMMC compliance.Read More
Microsoft’s Azure Government has become a trusted cloud for US government agencies, contractors and the Defense Industrial Based (DIB), providing unified security to protect the nation's data, and solutions for secure remote collaboration. Microsoft’s Azure Government uses the same underlying technologies as Azure, which includes the core components of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The increased security is achieved because it is a physically isolated sovereign cloud environment dedicated to US federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and their partners. It provides an extra layer of protection to mission-critical workloads through contractual commitments regarding storage of customer data that is subject to various US government regulations such as Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms (ITAR). Azure Government offers additional security by relying on screened US personnel.
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The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Framework is used by the DoD to verify that sensitive data being handled by defense industrial base (DIB) contractors is properly protected on the contractors’ systems to avoid risk of a compromise from a cybersecurity attack. CMMC uses third-party assessment organizations to verify contractors’ safeguarding of controlled unclassified information (CUI) including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) data, federal contract information (FCI), and compliance with certain mandatory practices, procedures and capabilities that can adapt to evolving cyber threats.
What’s New in CMMC 2.0
In November 2021, the DoD announced CMMC 2.0. It’s important to understand key changes and timelines associated with CMMC 2.0, how it compares to CMMC 1.0, and what you need to do to prepare.Read More
Microsoft 365 GCC vs. GCC High
How do you know which level of GCC is right for you? Here’s key criteria to help you distinguish GCC and GCC High so that your organization makes the move to the right cloud.
Government Community Cloud (GCC)
You can think of GCC as a government version of the Microsoft 365 commercial environment. It resides on the Azure Commercial infrastructure and has many of the same features, but servers must be located in the continental United States (CONUS) as mandated by FedRAMP Moderate. Although the servers are only in CONUS, access to data is available on a global basis. In general, non-defense-related government agencies and contractors can deploy GCC.Read More
The CMMC 2.0 model consists of 14 domains that assess the previously established NIST 800-171 controls. Here’s what each one is and what it covers.
Access Control: This domain requires your organization to establish who has access to your systems and what their requirements are to operate effectively. As well as who has remote access, internal system access, and the limitations of their roles in system.Read More