The C3 CMMC 2.0 Readiness Program

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


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    The U.S. is under constant attack from a wide variety of malicious actors: it is estimated that over $60 Billion is lost annually to cyber theft. Much of that loss is via our government contracting community, which threatens not just our economic health, but our national security.

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

    What is Different About CMMC 2.0?

    The DoD has announced the specifics 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, such as removing the maturity requirements, 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. Level 5 remains unchanged at this point, although the DoD is consciously 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 is 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 will be required to achieve at least Level 2 compliance.

    Level 2 compliance aligns to NIST 800-171. 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 is GCC High?

    Microsoft 365 GCC High is the version of Microsoft 365 that is designed specifically for the DIB. It is 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 do not 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

    C3 has developed a methodical approach to securing your environment and positioning it for CMMC 2.0 compliance. Building upon the Microsoft Cloud (either GCC or GCC High) as well as select complementary services, C3 delivers the technologies necessary to meet the practices required by CMMC 2.0. This approach is modular, allowing our clients to pick the services they need to complete their compliance journey. We provide a practical strategy that allows you to implement services incrementally, at your pace, while maintaining capability and security each step of the way.

    Preparing for CMMC 2.0 requires a review of your cybersecurity posture and determining the level of investment required to become compliant. We can help you understand how CMMC 2.0 works as well as what solutions you need to meet your targeted level of compliance.

    Leveraging GCC High for CMMC – the C3 Approach

    Preparing for your CMMC 2.0 audit requires a review of your cybersecurity posture and determining the level of investment required to become compliant. We 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?

    C3 Integrated Solutions is dedicated to securing our nation's military infrastructure by protecting the cyber resources of the DIB. As a leading provider of Microsoft Government Cloud solutions including Microsoft 365 GCC, GCC High and Azure Government, we specialize in helping clients achieve CMMC 2.0, DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST 800-171 compliance through a suite of solutions designed to meet these requirements.

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    “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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