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Equipping DoD Contractors to Meet Evolving Requirements

The Purpose of CMMC and NIST SP 800-171 Regulation

Department of Defense (DoD) contractors play an integral role in the Nation’s cybersecurity efforts and are responsible for protecting the confidentiality and integrity of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is designed to assess and strengthen national security by ensuring DoD contractors and sub-contractors handling CUI have appropriate levels of cybersecurity practices and processes in place.

To ensure this responsibility is upheld, contractors are currently required by law to comply with NIST SP 800-171 and, in the near future, the CMMC on a contract basis. Built upon existing regulation (DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171), the CMMC is designed to provide additional assurance to the DoD that a contractor is taking appropriate measures to protect CUI at a level corresponding with the identified risk.

Benefits of CMMC Readiness Assessment

Contractors and sub-contractors can take a proactive approach to CMMC compliance by engaging with an independent partner to conduct a CMMC Readiness Assessment based on DFARS 252.204.7012, including NIST SP 800-171 requirements and the latest version of CMMC. Leveraging an independent partner’s assessment experience and expertise to guide your strategic CMMC goals will help your organization avoid pitfalls related to complex requirements, while giving you a fresh perspective of your policies and processes.

A CMMC Readiness Assessment Will: 

  • Give your organization a competitive edge in new and recurring bids for contracts;
  • Prepare your organization to meet upcoming CMMC requirements; and
  • Mature your cybersecurity program to complement evolving organizational needs and meet growing government regulation.


Our Readiness Assessment Methodology

CMMC assessment methodology


HORNE Cyber Experience and Expertise

HORNE Cyber’s team of cybersecurity and cyber assurance experts has years of experience in providing assessment services for DoD contractors, State and Federal government entities, and major players in the manufacturing and construction industries. HORNE Cyber is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HORNE LLP, a Top 100 Accounting Firm. HORNE Cyber’s unique combination of audit and security expertise provides our clients with unrivaled insights related to successful cybersecurity programs, processes, and practices.

Contact us for more information on how HORNE can help your support your organization's CMMC readiness needs.