We have a big announcement to share with you.
MRW Systems is officially a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO).
What does that mean?
It means we can advise our clients on how to achieve CMMC compliance.
If you’re unfamiliar with CMMC. It stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. And it is the next stage in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to secure the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).
Under CMMC, contractors and subcontractors must meet certain security requirements before applying for a DoD bid.
So, in essence, it’s a cybersecurity assessment model and certification program.
How CMMC will Work
Before a contractor is awarded a government bid, they must have a CMMC certification.
To get CMMC certified, the majority of contractors will partner with an RPO, like us.
The RPO will conduct a cybersecurity review to see what security controls the contractor has in place. Then, the RPO will run a gap analysis to show what needs to be done to gain the desired CMMC certification.
Once the organization has a good handle on its cybersecurity, it will then move forward with a CMMC audit.
The auditor will assess the contractor’s technical controls, documentation, and security policies. Their assessment will also check compliance with certain mandatory practices, procedures, and capabilities.
After the evaluation, the contractor will receive a level of certification of 1 to 5. This level will determine what types of bids that contractor can be awarded.
So, as you can see, CMMC is quite complex. And I’m sure you have more questions. But for the sake of this announcement, I’m going to keep the details short.
Lucky for you, we wrote a blog post that answers common CMMC questions.
Our Role as a CMMC RPO
As an RPO, it is MRW Systems’ job to help our clients with the basic constructs of the CMMC Standard. Our goal is to help our clients prepare for a CMMC assessment.
And to be an RPO, we had to achieve the following requirements:
- Receive authorization from the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB)
- Sign the RPO agreement with the CMMC-AB
- Must pass an Organizational Background Check via data provided to the CMMC-AB
- At least one Registered Practitioner (RP) must be associated with the RPO at all times
Why are these New Titles Important?
What sets RPOs apart from other companies claiming to offer CMMC-related services is their certification and training, and relations with the CMMC-AB.
Suppliers can rest assure that an RPO is ethical, prepared, and motivated to meet their CMMC needs. So, when you work with an RPO, you know they’ve had adequate training in CMMC compliance.
And it’s a delight to know that MRW Systems is one of the first Registered Provider Organizations.
So, if you need help with CMMC compliance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
More so, please don’t cross your fingers and try to pass a CMMC audit without help from an RPO. Compliance work is a full-time job. And the CMMC is one of the most complex cybersecurity frameworks out there.
At MRW Systems, we’re helping organizations work toward compliance every single day. And our approach to the CMMC is no different. We’ll help you pass your CMMC audits. But on top of that, we’ll identify any weakness in your IT environment, and help you move forward.
To learn more about our CMMC services, please click here.