The C3 CMMC 2.0 Readiness Program

Leverage Microsoft 365 GCC High to Meet Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 Requirements

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The U.S. loses an estimated $60B annually to cyber-attacks. The government contracting community accounts for much of this loss. As a result, our economic health and national security are threatened.

Are you doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD)? Then it’s time to prepare for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework. The CMMC framework is based primarily on NIST 800-171 and designed to secure our nation’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB). While most companies will be able to self-assess their compliance, many will need a third-party assessment. Therefore, every company that either directly or indirectly does business with the DoD will need to comply with CMMC.

What is Different About CMMC 2.0?

The DoD has announced the details of CMMC 2.0. This revision scaled back the program from the previous version to lower costs and accelerate compliance. While there are important changes, most of the technical requirements remain in place.

CMMC 2.0 reduces the number of levels from five to three. Level 1 remains unchanged and Level 2 aligns to the original Level 3. However, Level 5 remains unchanged at this point, although the DoD is delaying most of the work on that level.

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What is Different About CMMC?
CMMC 2.0 versus CMMC 1.0

What’s Required for Level 2 Compliance?

The CMMC 2.0 framework includes three levels of security requirements. If you store, process, or transit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) you’re required to achieve at least Level 2 compliance.

Level 2 compliance aligns to NIST 800-171. As a result, contractors working to meet this standard must deploy the appropriate technologies to support requirements such as multi-factor authorization, device management, security monitoring, and more.

What is GCC High?

What’s GCC High?

Build Your Compliance Strategy Around GCC High

Microsoft 365 GCC High is the version of Microsoft 365 that’s designed specifically for the DIB. Additionally, it’s built on a foundation of security, privacy, and compliance in the Azure Government Cloud. With Microsoft 365 GCC High, contractors can meet the following requirements:

  • FedRAMP Moderate (FedRAMP High in process)
  • NIST 800-171
  • DFARS 252-204.7012 including clauses (c) through (g)
  • Complete data, applications, and hardware residency in the United States
  • Physical separation within the United States operated by personnel who are US citizens and passed a rigorous background check.
  • Attestation to ITAR requirements

For companies that don’t have data sovereignty requirements, Microsoft 365 GCC may be the right option to support your compliance and security requirements.

Learn more about Microsoft 365 GCC High and how C3 Integrated Solutions is uniquely poised to help your company take advantage of this powerful tool.

The C3 CMMC Readiness Program

A CMMC 2.0 Approach Designed for You

C3 has developed a methodical approach to secure your environment and position it for CMMC 2.0 compliance. We build upon the Microsoft Cloud (either GCC or GCC High) as well as select complementary services. As a result, we deliver the technologies necessary to meet the practices required by CMMC 2.0. This approach is modular and allows clients to pick the services they need to complete their compliance journey. Therefore, you can implement services incrementally, at your pace, while maintaining capability and security every step of the way.

Leveraging GCC High for CMMC – the C3 Approach

Clients need a review of their cybersecurity posture to determine the level of investment required to be compliant. C3 can help you understand how CMMC 2.0 works as well as what solutions you need to meet your targeted level of compliance.

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Why C3

Why C3?

Personalized Service, on Your Terms

C3 Integrated Solutions protects the cyber resources of the DIB to secure our nation’s military infrastructure. Additionally, we’re a leading provider of Microsoft Government Cloud solutions that specializes in helping clients achieve CMMC 2.0, DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST 800-171 compliance.

See What Our Clients Say About Their Integrated Solutions With C3


“C3 is awesome! I’m so glad I went with you guys. It can be a bit challenging moving from nothing to the GCC high cloud, but the C3 Team make it understandable and painless. That’s also one of the big reasons I choose to add the DEFEND service – I have zero worries that C3 will implement it correctly and I will understand how to manage it.”

Michael James IT Director/CISO, CTA, Inc

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How Do I Prepare for CMMC 2.0?

  • If you haven't already, get an SSP and POA&M in place. This was and will continue to be the starting place.
  • Make sure your existing environment complies with NIST-171 or build a new environment to this level of compliance. To achieve that basic level of compliance, we suggest that your first step be moving to Microsoft 365 GCC High.
  • Consider the cost of enhanced support and security requirements for your business. Will you need to add additional staff? If so, how many? You may be better off outsourcing your security, compliance, and information system management to a Managed Service Provider like C3.
  • Reach out to the C3 team. C3 has been tracking the progress of CMMC for over a year, from its pre-release status through the release of CMMC 1.02 and its continued evolution as we approach an official go-no-go date of release.
C3 works with government contractors across the country to help them stay safe against all types of threats. We can help you understand CMMC and create a plan to reach compliance.
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