How to Achieve CMMC Compliance Automation?
What to expect from a CMMC Audit?
CMMC is a unified standard for cybersecurity that was created by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to protect sensitive information and data shared between DoD and its contractors. The standard includes five maturity levels, each with a set of practices and processes that must be implemented and followed to achieve compliance.
What to expect from a CMMC Audit?
The CMMC maturity levels build upon each other and provide a path for organizations to enhance their cybersecurity posture. The five maturity levels in the CMMC framework are:
Level 1: Basic Cyber Hygiene – This level focuses on basic safeguarding of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and consists of 17 practices that must be implemented.
Level 2: Intermediate Cyber Hygiene – This level builds upon Level 1 and focuses on the safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). It consists of 72 practices that must be implemented.
Level 3: Good Cyber Hygiene – This level builds upon Level 2 and focuses on the protection of CUI and the establishment of a comprehensive cybersecurity program. It consists of 130 practices that must be implemented.
Level 4: Proactive – This level focuses on the protection of CUI from advanced persistent threats and requires organizations to have a proactive approach to cybersecurity. It consists of 156 practices that must be implemented.
Level 5: Advanced / Progressive – This level focuses on the protection of CUI from advanced persistent threats and requires organizations to have an advanced and sophisticated cybersecurity program. It consists of 171 practices that must be implemented.
All-in-all, CMMC is a rigorous set of controls that help keep your data secure and enable business with the US Department of Defence and affiliated entities.
Manual CMMC Compliance is Resource Intensive
Achieving CMMC compliance involves several key steps, which are outlined below. However, it is important to note how challenging this process may become when done manually. This is due to the complex requirements, resource-intensive nature, continuous monitoring requirements, lack of expertise, and its evolving requirements.
Cypago is a compliance automation platform designed to help organizations achieve and maintain compliance with various regulations and frameworks, including the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
Using tools such as Cypago, the entire CMMC implementation process can be streamlined and simplified, saving thousands of hours every year and making time for other critical tasks.
CMMC Compliance Automation:
Identify and Map the CMMC Requirements
The first step in automating CMMC compliance is to identify the CMMC requirements that apply to your organization based on your contract with the DoD. Cypago provides a comprehensive mapping of the CMMC requirements to help you understand which practices and processes are relevant to your organization and which ones you need to focus on to achieve compliance.
Create a Compliance Scope
Once you have identified the CMMC requirements that apply to your organization, you want to create a compliance scope. Cypago provides a range of capabilities to help you fine tune the compliance scope to meet your specific needs. These tools include a directory of over 1500+ security controls, automated workflows, and templates for all required policies and procedures.
Implement and Monitor Controls
The next step is to implement and monitor controls to ensure that your organization is complying with the CMMC requirements. Cypago provides automated control monitoring, based on intelligent data collection and analysis, that can be used to monitor compliance with various aspects of the CMMC requirements, including access controls, audit and accountability, and configuration management.
Cypago also provides you with an ongoing automated assessment, to help you measure your compliance with the CMMC requirements. These assessments can be used to identify gaps in your compliance program and to track progress over time. With Cypago you have a clear path to remediate any issues that are identified during assessments.
Finally, Cypago provides a powerful compliance dashboard to help you demonstrate compliance with the CMMC requirements. Audit status and compliance posture metrics can be used to provide evidence of compliance to auditors and other stakeholders.
The Best Alternative for Automating CMMC Compliance
Automating CMMC compliance can help organizations achieve their GRC goals more efficiently, accurately, and consistently, while also improving scalability, maintaining continuous compliance, and reducing costs.
The Cypago Compliance Automation Platform provides a comprehensive set of tools and capabilities to help organizations automate CMMC compliance. By identifying and mapping the CMMC requirements, creating a compliance program, implementing and monitoring controls, conducting assessments, and providing in-depth visibility, it helps organizations achieve and maintain compliance with the CMMC requirements in a cost-effective manner.
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