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CMMC Compliance

Writing CMMC Security Policies: The CMMC Compliance Task That Nobody Wants to Do

By: Courtney Casey
September 29th, 2021

As a Registered Provider Organization working with California manufacturers to attain CMMC compliance, we’ve discovered an area of weakness that we see time and time again – the lack of effective security policies. In fact, in many cases, policies don’t exist at all.

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CMMC Compliance

5 Reasons Why Internal IT Teams Work With CMMC Consultants

By: Courtney Casey
September 22nd, 2021

It’s tempting to think that just because business is rolling along as it always has been with your Department of Defense (DoD) customers that you can continue to delay getting started with CMMC compliance.

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CMMC Compliance | NIST Compliance

CMMC Gap Analysis FAQs

By: Courtney Casey
September 15th, 2021

Cybercrime and data theft pose threats in every sector of our lives, and the government and the military are no exception. That is why the Department of Defense (DOD) enacted the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program in January 2020, which requires all organizations in the supply chain with the DOD to have their posture audited by an approved assessor.

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CMMC Compliance

Working With a CMMC Consultant: Your Role in Compliance

By: Corey Kaufman
September 2nd, 2021

When you engage a consultant to guide you through CMMC compliance, you’re going to lessen your stress load as they walk you through the steps towards submitting your self-assessment and ultimately, prepare you for your audit.

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CMMC Compliance

IT Managers: How to Tell Your Boss You Need a CMMC Consultant

By: Courtney Casey
May 25th, 2021

If you manage IT at your company, then you have a lot of roles to fill. Whether you have a small team or it's just you, you could be asked to be the network administrator, help desk technician, IT project manager, business analyst, cyber security expert, and more at any given moment. And if your company needs to comply with the Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), you're likely going to get another role tacked onto your responsibilities.

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Cyber Security | CMMC Compliance

3 Most Common Advanced Technologies Businesses Need For Their CMMC Remediation Plan

By: Jonathan Barger
May 3rd, 2021

The word “Maturity” is part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification for a reason. Essentially, the Department of Defense wants their chain of suppliers to “grow up” in their security. When companies act like “grown-ups” in the way that they manage cyber risk, they’re a lot more serious about their responsibilities and they’re accountable for the outcome.

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Cyber Security | CMMC Compliance

Facilitated vs DIY CMMC Gap Analysis: Which is Better?

By: Courtney Casey
April 19th, 2021

When you get started on your journey to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Compliance (CMMC), one of the first things that you’ll need to do is to perform a gap analysis. A CMMC gap analysis lets you know where your security controls are good and where you have, well… gaps. If you have expertise with NIST 800-171 security regulations along with a lot of extra time, then there’s no reason why you can’t do a DIY gap analysis, but many companies are finding that a facilitated gap analysis is more efficient and actually saves money in the long run.

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CMMC Compliance

CMMC Self-Assessment: What Exactly Does the DoD Want?

By: Courtney Casey
April 12th, 2021

When you’re trying to understand what you’re supposed to do to follow Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) regulations, there’s a lot of information to digest. A lot. Unless you want to make CMMC compliance your full-time job, it would be nice to have all that information boiled down so that you get to the point where you can act. You must act because if you haven’t, you’re already late. Last year the DoD communicated with companies in their supply chain with a request to submit a CMMC Self-Assessment by the end of 2020, yet many companies have not been able to do that. Why? For many it’s a lack of knowledge and training to interpret CMMC into action.

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CMMC Compliance

5 Ways Consulting with a Registered Practitioner Can Help You Become CMMC Compliant

By: Corey Kaufman
February 22nd, 2021

If you’re in the Department of Defense supply chain, you know that there are new cyber security requirements coming down the pipe. Full Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance is rolling out to the top 15 DoD prime contractors and their subcontractors in 2021. By 2025 this will spread out to the whole network of suppliers. If you’re not in the top 15, you still have things to do right now.

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Company News | CMMC Compliance

Accent Computer Solutions Equipped for CMMC Consulting as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO)

By: Accent Computer Solutions
February 18th, 2021

(February 17, 2021 – Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. is now a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO) in Southern California. The company has been helping organizations reach and maintain their NIST cyber security framework requirements for many years, and has taken the next steps to demonstrate CMMC proficiency. Corey Kaufman is the company’s first Registered Practitioner (RP), trained to consult with companies regarding Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance. The company will have four more RPs by March 2021.

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