Your Trusted Partner in Achieving Seamless Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity regulations can be daunting, especially for businesses aiming to work with the Department of Defense (DoD). SecureTech is here to simplify the process with our comprehensive Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) services tailored for businesses in San Antonio.

CMMC is a tiered cybersecurity framework that assesses and enhances the cybersecurity posture of defense contractors and suppliers. Our expert team at SecureTech is well-versed in the intricacies of CMMC and can guide your organization through the certification process with confidence and efficiency.

We begin by conducting a thorough assessment of your current cybersecurity practices and identifying any gaps that need to be addressed to meet CMMC requirements. From there, we develop a customized roadmap outlining the steps needed to achieve and maintain compliance.

Our CMMC services cover everything from policy development and implementation to technical controls and continuous monitoring. We work closely with your team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, providing ongoing support and guidance every step of the way.

With SecureTech’s CMMC services and Managed IT Services in San Antonio TX, you can demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity excellence and position your business for success in the defense industry. Let us empower your organization to meet and exceed CMMC requirements, giving you a competitive edge and peace of mind in today’s ever-evolving threat landscape.

What is CMMC?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a compliance framework with technical and
non-technical requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). CMMC is designed to
ensure contractors and subcontractors who handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled
Unclassified Information (CUI) adhere to the requirements outlined in the NIST SP 800-171 and NIST SP 800-172.

The type of information your organization handles will determine which CMMC framework level your organization needs to achieve. The goal of CMMC is to safeguard covered defense information, enhance the cybersecurity of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), ensure accountability, and minimize compliance barriers.

See our FAQs for more information.

Simplify CMMC Compliance with Our 3-Step Approach

Identify Gaps

We assist in assessing your organization’s certification requirements, followed by a comprehensive evaluation of your IT infrastructure and practices against NIST SP 800-171 standards.

Level 1 Certification – your organization is assessed against 17 controls.

Level 2 Certification – your organization is assessed against 110 controls.

After the assessment, we create a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM). The SSP documents your organization’s current compliance areas while the POAM defines outstanding control tasks that will need to be implemented within your organization to achieve CMMC. The POAM will be utilized along your CMMC journey to help direct efforts and priorities.

The initial gap assessment and identification is a crucial preliminary step toward achieving CMMC readiness.

Gap Fulfillment

We strategically address and resolve gaps identified in your organization’s POAM. This is facilitated through projects that provide solutions to fill the gap and the creation of new policies and practices that align with CMMC.

Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs) of Level 1 or 2 will require either a self-assessment or an assessment by a Certified Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). In either scenario,  we will support your organization through the assessment necessary to achieve certification.

The fulfillment timeline can vary greatly depending on your organization’s current cybersecurity posture and the items identified in the POAM. We anticipate many organizations will fall within the following timelines:

Level 1 Readiness: 4 to 6 months

Level 2 Readiness: 12 to 18 months

CMMC Managed Services

Maintaining CMMC-level compliance is a dynamic process that requires ongoing dedication and vigilance.

Our CMMC Managed Services strengthens upon our Managed Service offer providing a deeper level of cybersecurity and compliance standards required for organizations who have compliancy concerns like CMMC, NIST, or HIPAA. We manage the infrastructure, software, and services needed to meet the technical controls required by CMMC on a recurrent basis. Our CMMC Managed Services encompass management of Microsoft Licensing (GCC or GCC High), 24 x 7 x 365 Network Monitoring and Critical Event Notification, Infrastructure Security, User Security, and IT Business Planning.

Who Needs CMMC Certification?

Ultimately, CMMC compliance requirements will impact wide ranges of organizations, as the DoD will not award contracts unless you are CMMC compliant.

Unsure if your business needs to be CMMC Compliant? Review these questions to help you determine where your organization stands.

  1. Does your organization handle or process Federal Contract Information (FCI)?
  2. Does your organization handle or process Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)?
  3. Does your organization handle or process Covered Defense Information (CDI)?
  4. Does your organization handle or process Controlled Technical Information (CTI)?
  5. Does your organization handle or process International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) data?
  6. Does your organization have contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD) or its subcontractors?
  7. Is your organization aiming to bid on DoD contracts in the future?
  8. Do your contracts specify CMMC Compliance?
  9. Does your organization store, process, or transmit sensitive defense-related information?
  10. Are you part of a supply chain for defense-related projects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might require CMMC compliance to continue performing and winning DoD contracts.

CMMC compliance is a comprehensive process that requires dedication, planning, and collaboration. Contact our CMMC experts today for a no-obligation consultation.

Unparalleled CMMC Services in San Antonio

If your looking for quality IT services, SecureTech is your #1 choice for speed, reliability & expert service.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CMMC?

CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. It is a framework established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to assess and enhance the cybersecurity practices of organizations within the defense supply chain.

Who needs to be CMMC compliant?

Organizations that handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and have contracts with the DoD or are part of the defense supply chain may need to achieve specific CMMC levels to demonstrate their cybersecurity maturity and compliance.

How many CMMC levels are there?

There are three CMMC levels, ranging from basic foundational practices (Level 1) to expert cybersecurity practices (Level 3).

How do I determine which CMMC level is required for my organization?

Your CMMC-level requirement will ultimately be determined by the type of DoD contracts you intend to bid on and execute.

Level 1 Certification will be for DoD contractors and subcontractors that handle FCI which is “information that is not marked as public or for public release”.

Level 2 Certification will be for DoD contracts and subcontracts that handle CUI which is “information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with applicable law, regulations, and government-wide policies but is not classified”.

Both FCI and CUI are “types of data that are collected, created, transmitted or received as a requirement for fulfilling the obligations of the contract – to develop or deliver a produce or service”.

The inclusion of FAR 52.204-21 and/or DFARS 252.204-7012 are examples of clauses indicating the requirement of CMMC.

What are the benefits of becoming CMMC compliant?

CMMC will be a requirement for all organizations seeking DoD contracts. Additionally, CMMC compliance enhances your cybersecurity posture, strengthens your ability to protect sensitive information, improves your reputation, and positions your organization to participate in DoD contracts and the defense supply chain.

Can I self-assess my organization for CMMC compliance?

Self-assessments will suffice to meet CMMC Level 1 requirements. A subset of programs with Level 2 requirements that do not handle information critical to national security will be permitted to meet the requirement through self-assessments.

What is the role of a C3PAO?

C3PAOs (Certified Third Party Assessment Organizations) are entities acreddited by the Cyber A-B that conduct official CMMC assessments. They evaluate your organization’s cybersecurity practices against CMMC requirements and provide certification if you meet the criteria.

How long does it take to become CMMC certified?

The timeline varies based on your organization’s current cybersecurity posture, the CMMC level you’re targeting, and the complexity of your environment. It’s recommended to start the process well in advance of contractual deadlines. It could take organizations anywhere from 12-18 months from start to finish.

Can I use cloud services like Microsoft GCC for CMMC compliance?

Yes, cloud services like Microsoft Government Community Cloud (GCC) or GCC High were developed for organizations contracting with the DoD.

Is CMMC a one-time requirement?

No, CMMC compliance is an ongoing effort. Organizations need to continuously monitor and improve their cybersecurity practices to maintain compliance and meet annual or triannual assessment requirements.

How frequently will assessments be required?

“Self-assessments, when permitted based on the CMMC level assigned, will be required on an annual basis. When CMMC certification is required, C3PAO assessment (Level 2), will be required on a triennial basis.”

What is an RP Designation?

Registered Practitioners (RPs) are individual consultants who help organizations seeking certification (OSCs) prepare for CMMC certification and they are accredited by the Cyber-AB. They typically work for Registered Practitioner Organizations (RPO) but can also be contracted as individuals.

SecureTech has 3 RPs.

What is an RPO Designation?

Registered Practitioner Organizations (RPOs) are organizations that provide CMMC consulting and services within the defense supply chain as an advisory firm or Managed Service Provider (MSP). They must meet and complete a series of requirements to achieve this designation and are accredited by the Cyber-AB.

SecureTech achieved their RPO Designation in February of 2023.

What is NIST SP 800-171?

NIST SP 800-171 is a NIST Special Publication that provides recommended requirements for protecting the confidentiality of controlled unclassified information (CUI).  Defense contractors must implement the recommended requirements contained in NIST SP 800-171 to demonstrate their provision of adequate security to protect the covered defense information included in their defense contracts, as required by DFARS clause 252.204-7012.”

In total, it has 110 unique security requirements split among 14 broader sections or controls.

What is Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)?

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) was the interim rule issued by the DoD for DIB contractors to implement NIST. DFARS is part of the NIST SP 800-171 standard for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in nonfederal information systems and organizations.

When will CMMC Compliance be required for DoD Contracts?

Effective October 1, 2025, the CMMC certificate will be required by the time of the contract award. The time to complete certification can take anywhere from 12-18 months. So, the fulfillment and assessment requirements should begin as soon as possible.

Let SecureTech help prepare your organization for CMMC certification. Let’s get started!