Macs and CMMC: Can They be Compliant?

Where there is a will, there is a way... Mac computers continue to grow in popularity; they’ve now moved well outside the purview of design firms, and can be found in-use across all industry sectors, including defense contractors. Many Mac users proudly boast about their enhanced security, while PC devotees maintain otherwise. The reality is that ALL compute platforms offer a level of risk, and...

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Cross Cloud Collaboration Is Here (Sort Of)

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  Well, sort of… Microsoft recently announced at its Build Conference that collaboration across clouds is (finally) in public preview.  Cross cloud collaboration allows organizations in different clouds (i.e. Commercial, GCC, GCC High) to share information with one another.  This has been the single biggest impediment to government cloud adoption (in addi...

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Microsoft Licensing – Do I Really Need the E/G 5?

Microsoft licensing is about as a clear as mud. There are standalone licenses and bundled licenses, security add-ons and compliance add-ons, Office 365 and Microsoft 365. If that’s not confusing enough, let’s also not forget that some bundles go inside other bundles….and somewhere along the line, G-series licenses got thrown into the mix as well. How do organizations begin to sort the option...

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Why Ukraine Matters to Your Business

We’ve all seen the news and watched in horror as war has once again, come to Europe.  We don’t know what will happen in Ukraine, but every indication is that this will not end quickly, and unfortunately, it could get worse before it gets better.  As Americans, as business owners, and especially those in the defense sector, we must assume that cyber threats will only increase.  We’re alrea...

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Why Moving to GovCloud Should Be Your First Step Towards Compliance

CMMC 2.0 delivered much-needed relief to defense contractors stressing over the time and cost of becoming compliant.  Eliminating the maturity requirements, as well as two of the five levels of maturity lowers the bar for compliance significantly and reduces costs dramatically.  For a comprehensive review of all the changes, be sure to check out our earlier blog on the CMMC 2.0 release. While th...

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CMMC 2.0 – Round 2 of Reactions

By now, we all know the Department of Defense (DoD) and the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC AB) have had a course correction…and many consider it a near about-face. In the beginning of November, the DoD announced a 2.0 version of CMMC, which removed levels 2 and 4 from CMMC 1.0/1.2 as well as its maturity requirements. They also noted that not all companies will be required to complete a third-par...

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C3 Named One of 2022’s Best Places to Work in Virginia

C3 Integrated Solutions was recently named as one of the 2022 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business Magazine and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and busi...

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CMMC 2.0: What It Means for You

Late last week, the DoD announced CMMC 2.0.  This revision is the result a six-month review of the program that was partially driven by the change in administrations, requests by Congress and industry feedback.  Here are the highlights of the changes: Levels 2 and 4 have been eliminated, as have any CMMC-unique practices and all maturity processes from the CMMC Model; CMMC Level 1 now pe...

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Two Massive Changes to Microsoft Pricing That Will Impact Your Budget

Yes, we know that’s a dramatic headline, but this is important stuff. There are two upcoming changes to Microsoft licensing that will likely have big impacts on your budget in 2022…and beyond. Its important that these changes be incorporated into your budget planning now. Starting on March 1, 2022, all commercial tenants in Microsoft 365 will see changes in pricing as well as the enforcemen...

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Zero Trust Security – Behind the Buzz

These days, everyone is talking about Zero Trust Security. A simple Google search will return pages of ads from vendors pushing their Zero Trust product, with promises of instant and foolproof security.  Some vendors even claim to include fairy dust and magic rainbows. While their claims may be somewhat accurate (fairy dust and magic rainbows notwithstanding), one thing that remains unanswered is...

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