Currently, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is the future for any organization interested in defense contracting. Therefore, it is important for you to prepare today if you intend to pursue contract work with the Department of Defense.
Until full implementation, you should continue to improve the health and wellness of your organization’s cybersecurity status. Whether you are a current defense supplier or will seek future contracts, you must comply with the current NIST mandates for handling sensitive data.
Once the rulemaking process is complete, CMMC 2.0 will be a requirement before being awarded contracts. Compliance with the standards is essential to obtaining and keeping the contracts.
The opposite is true for not obtaining Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification accreditation: Your organization will not be permitted to either receive or share information related to specific projects and programs within the Department.
Submitting cybersecurity assessments is another requirement for defense contractors. These must be completed before you can receive a defense contract. The sensitivity of the data that applies to the contract determines which certification will apply throughout the term of your contract.