Checking Your CMMC Progress

Written by Alec Toloczko

With Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements on the horizon, it’s crucial for organizations handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) to adhere to the CMMC framework. For organizations working toward CMMC compliance and preparing for a third-party audit, the process can be complicated.

This blog provides a high-level checklist of things to keep in mind on your path to CMMC compliance.


First, organizations must fully grasp how CUI operates within their systems and identify specific areas of their environment that may require additional security measures.

Conducting a thorough CMMC Gap Analysis is crucial at this stage, as it helps pinpoint any weaknesses in existing systems and processes. This analysis serves as a guide for organizations, highlighting areas that need improvement to meet the stringent requirements of the CMMC framework.


Following the gap analysis, organizations proceed to develop compliant architecture and processes. This entails aligning with CMMC standards and meticulously defining security controls, access policies, and data handling procedures.

Once this phase is completed, organizations must meticulously implement their plans, ensuring that all systems and infrastructure strictly adhere to CMMC standards to uphold data security standards effectively.


Simultaneously, organizations must also prioritize training and change management initiatives to equip their staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to seamlessly adhere to the new procedures. Moreover, organizations conduct an internal assessment of CMMC controls to verify their readiness for third-party audits, which are carried out by Certified Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs).

By diligently following these comprehensive steps, organizations can significantly enhance their cybersecurity posture, effectively mitigate risks associated with handling CUI, and effectively demonstrate their unwavering commitment to safeguarding sensitive information.


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