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For companies in the DoD supply chain, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) isn't just another task—it's a crucial step in keeping existing contracts, winning new ones, and ensuring national security. 

The clock is ticking for both contractors and subcontractors to get on board. At Adelia Risk, we're not just experts in the field; we're led by a registered practitioner. 

We're here to guide you, from figuring out where you stand with CMMC/NIST 800-171 to getting you "Assessment Ready."

What Does a CMMC Consultant Do?

A CMMC consultant helps DoD suppliers understand and meet the requirements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Their primary job is to ensure that contractors have the right cybersecurity systems, processes, and procedures in place to get certified and keep sensitive information safe.

Gap Assessment against CMMC

Consultants will start by reviewing a contractor's current cybersecurity measures. They then identify any gaps or areas that need improvement. Their expertise ensures that businesses align with the coming Department of Defense's standards.
Value of Professional Guidance vs. DIY

While some contractors might think about tackling certification on their own, it's a complex process. Missing a single detail can lead to non-compliance. A CMMC consultant provides the knowledge and experience to navigate this process efficiently, reducing the risk of errors.
Streamlining the Compliance Process

With a CMMC consultant, companies get a clear roadmap to certification. They provide step-by-step guidance, making the journey to compliance faster and less confusing.

In essence, a CMMC consultant is a specialist who guides members of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) through the certification process, ensuring they meet all necessary cybersecurity standards.

What CMMC Level Does My Business Need To Be Compliant?

Understanding the right Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) level for your business involves comprehending both the general purpose of each level and the specific differences that set them apart:

Level 1:

This initial level is about implementing basic cybersecurity practices to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI). It requires businesses to fulfill 17 specific security practices, ensuring that basic cybersecurity foundations are in place.

Level 2:

Acting as a transition step towards more advanced security, this level introduces a set of 72 security practices. It builds on the foundation of Level 1 by adding depth to the cybersecurity practices, aiming to prepare businesses for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

Level 3:

This advanced level requires comprehensive and mature practices for the effective safeguarding of CUI. It is set to include a selection of requirements from NIST SP 800-172, the full extent of these requirements is still being developed.

At Adelia Risk, we focus on helping companies reach Level 2 (including Level 1 controls) for compliance.  

How to Determine the Right Level for Your Business:

The right level for your business depends on the kind of information you handle. 

If you only deal with FCI, Level 1 might be sufficient.
If you handle CUI or are aiming to, you'll need to look at Level 2.
If you’re reading this, it’s very unlikely you’ll need to reach Level 3. That’s expected to be reserved for large, sophisticated suppliers to the DoD.  
It's also essential to consider future contracts and requirements. If you anticipate handling more sensitive information in the future, it's wise to aim for a higher level now.

Understanding the CMMC levels and their requirements is the first step. From there, assess the kind of information your business manages and your future goals to determine the right level for you.

Common Challenges Faced by DoD Contractors

Being a DoD contractor comes with big responsibilities, especially when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some of the main challenges contractors face:

Understanding and Interpreting CMMC Requirements

CMMC has a lot of rules. For many, it can feel like a thick book with complex chapters. Some rules might seem unclear, and others might be hard to figure out how to apply to your business. This can make it tough for contractors to know if they're doing things right.

Maintaining Continuous Compliance

CMMC isn't a one-time thing. It's ongoing. This means contractors have to keep checking and updating their cybersecurity practices to prepare for audits every three years. As technology changes or as new threats come up, the way contractors protect information might need to change too. Keeping up with all of this can be a lot of work.

Risks Associated with Non-Compliance

Not meeting CMMC requirements can lead to big problems. Here are some of the risks:


There can be fines or penalties. Plus, contractors may lose out on getting new contracts or even lose current ones.

If others find out a contractor isn't compliant, it can harm their reputation. People might think they're not trustworthy or not good at their job.

If a contractor isn't compliant, it might mean there are gaps in how they protect information. This can put them at risk of cyberattacks or data breaches. If this happens, it can disrupt their business operations.

In short, while being a DoD contractor is a big deal, it comes with challenges. Understanding CMMC, staying compliant, and knowing the risks of not doing so are all important parts of the job.

The Benefits Of Our CMMC Consulting Services

Simplified Journey 

We break down complex requirements into easy-to-follow steps. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you'll have a clear path to follow, making the whole process smoother.

Cost-Efficient Strategy

We help you find the most cost-effective ways to become compliant. This means you get the best security without breaking the bank.

Seamless Integration

We make sure that any tech changes fit smoothly into your current systems. This means less downtime and fewer headaches for you. We’re generally vendor agnostic, so we can work well with your existing I.T. provider.

Assurance for Audit-Readiness

We ensure all your documentation is in order and that you're following all the rules. So, when audit time comes, you can be confident.

Sustained Compliance Support

Even after you're certified, you need to keep up with changes. We stick with you, offering support and updates. This way, you're always in the know and always compliant.

Clear Guidance on CMMC Levels

Not sure which CMMC level is right for you? We provide clear advice on the different levels, helping you understand which one fits your business best. No more guessing or worrying; you'll know exactly where you stand.

Customized Consulting Approach

Every DoD contractor is unique, with distinct challenges and requirements. We tailor our CMMC consulting services to fit the specific needs of your business, regardless of its size or sector.

Robust SSP Development

Your System Security Plan (SSP) is the backbone of your compliance efforts. Let us help you create a comprehensive, customized SSP that aligns with CMMC Level 2 requirements.

POAM Management

lan of Action and Milestones (POAM) can be daunting. Our experts will assist you in developing and managing an effective POAM, ensuring you're always on the right track.

Our services are designed to make your compliance journey as easy and effective as possible. We tackle the challenges, so you can focus on your core business.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does The Process Typically Take?

It varies, but we make it as quick as possible. We’ve seen these projects range from a few months to a few years, depending on how motivated and focused the client is.

What Is The Risk If We Delay Compliance?

You might face fines or lose contracts.

How Much Does It Cost?

Costs vary, but we aim for cost-effective solutions. We can help you navigate your budget.

When Do I Need To Be Certified By?

ASAP! The sooner, the better. The DoD is expected to begin audits sometime in the next year.

Do You Provide any Guarantees for Passing the CMMC Assessment?

No, nor will any reputable company. However, by working with an expert, we can increase your chances of having a successful assessment.

How Do you Involve our Internal Teams in The Process?

We typically meet with our client stakeholders and their I.T. team at least once a month to track progress and hold each other accountable.

Do you Offer any Tools or Resources to Help Manage our Cybersecurity Posture Beyond CMMC?

Absolutely. We provide risk assessments, vulnerability scanning, penetration tests, training, phishing simulations, monitoring, and a whole lot more

Ready To Work With A Registered Professional?

As a DoD contractor, you understand that the stakes are high and the CMMC landscape can be daunting. But you don't have to face it alone.

With Adelia Risk, you're partnering with certified professionals who bring a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of the intricacies involved.

We're more than consultants; we're your strategic partners in achieving and maintaining compliance, safeguarding national security, and securing your place in the defense supply chain.

Reach out to us today and let's start a conversation about how we can tailor our services to meet your unique needs.

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