Identify Readiness: You need to start your CMMC compliance efforts with a plan. That means performing a readiness assessment to determine the current state of your environment and cybersecurity standards.
Determine CMMC Maturity Level and Assess Gaps: Next, you need to know which of the 5 levels of CMMC compliance your organization is subject to. By understanding what level of CMMC compliance you need to reach and documenting the current state of your cybersecurity processes and controls, you can then determine what needs to be improved.
Remediate Gaps: The next step is to start addressing what is currently non-compliant. It’s important to fully understand and deal with these issues prior to an audit, so you aren’t scrambling following a failed audit. Remediation can be handled internally or by an outside partner or both. Many small and medium-sized businesses find it easier to use outside support, but make sure to do your homework in choosing the right partner.
Continuous Monitoring: It’s important that you understand that CMMC compliance is not a one-time thing. While you may be confidently compliant after completing these first three steps, you will also need to manage or have someone manage it on an ongoing basis to ensure you sustain compliance on an ongoing basis.
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