NIST/CMMC Gap Assessment

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Comprehensive CMMC Gap Assessment Guide

Conducting a comprehensive CMMC gap assessment represents a crucial step for organizations committed to assessing their compliance with the robust NIST 800-171 standards. This pivotal document outlines the fundamental protocols for securing controlled unclassified information within non-federal systems and organizations.

Our experts meticulously evaluate the effectiveness of your current controls, aligning them with NIST 800-171 standards. Failing to meet government regulations can result in significant consequences for your organization, including potential contract loss, damage to your reputation, and financial penalties.

Understanding the nuances of gap analysis is of utmost importance, particularly for current Department of Defense contractors. They carry the critical responsibility of implementing the innovative Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). At its core, this self-assessment model not only requires rigorous self-examination but also necessitates third-party certification. This certification serves to validate and bolster your cybersecurity defenses, ensuring the highest level of protection for sensitive information.

What is a CMMC Gap Assessment?

A CMMC Gap Assessment, often referred to as a gap analysis, plays a pivotal role in your journey towards achieving full compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This essential process serves as a strategic tool for your organization to proactively pinpoint and address areas that require enhancement within your existing cybersecurity practices.

Our experts meticulously scrutinize your cybersecurity framework, evaluating its alignment with the rigorous CMMC standards. Through this comprehensive assessment, we uncover specific areas that may fall short of the stringent compliance requirements. This meticulous examination empowers your organization to take proactive measures, bolstering your cybersecurity posture and ensuring adherence to the highest standards of protection.

Why Choose Praetorian Secure for Your CMMC Gap Assessment?

  • Expertise: Our team of cybersecurity professionals is well-versed in the intricacies of CMMC compliance.


  • Tailored Solutions: We understand that every organization is unique. Our assessments are customized to fit your specific needs.


  • Comprehensive Evaluation: We leave no stone unturned in identifying compliance gaps, ensuring your organization is well-prepared.


  • Free Sample Assessment: Contact us today for a free sample gap assessment and get a glimpse of how we can secure your future.

Contact Us To Take The First Step Towards NIST/CMMC Compliance

– Learn how we help contractors meet all NIST 800-171 and CMMC 2.0 compliance. In most situations, the first step is to perform a gap assessment.

– Contact us to get access to a FREE SAMPLE GAP ASSESSMENT.

– The process is simple:

Step 1. reach out us via our contact form and mention our “sample gap assessment”.

Step 2. we reply and provide you with the gap assessment questions.

Step 3. Then we schedule a meeting based on your availability and discuss your answers and how we can help.

One of our CMMC compliance experts is ready to guide you on the path to a more secure future. Don’t wait until the CMMC deadline, it could damage your organizations reputation and you could by lose DoD contracts.

Benefits of a CMMC Gap Assessment

1. Identify Weaknesses

Pinpoint vulnerabilities in your current cybersecurity practices.

2. Compliance Readiness:

Prepare for CMMC certification with a clear roadmap to compliance.

3. Risk Mitigation:

Reduce the risk of data breaches and security incidents.

4. Competitive Advantage:

Enhance your reputation as a secure and trustworthy partner for government contracts.

5. Cost Savings:

Avoid costly fines and penalties by proactively addressing compliance gaps.

How Does It Work?

Pre-Engagement Consultation: We start with a discussion to understand your organization’s needs and goals.

Gap Analysis: Our experts conduct a thorough assessment of your existing cybersecurity practices. Identifying areas where your organization falls short of NIST/CMMC requirements.

Customized Summary Report: At this stage, you will receive a detailed and customized summary report that encapsulates the findings from our gap analysis. This report will provide a clear and concise overview of the compliance gaps within your organization, along with tailored recommendations and a strategic plan to address these gaps effectively. Our aim is to equip you with a roadmap specifically designed to guide you towards achieving CMMC certification. This customized summary report serves as your invaluable tool for navigating the path to enhanced cybersecurity and compliance.

Remediate & Re-Assess: During this phase, our team works closely with your organization to address and rectify the identified compliance gaps. Once remediation efforts are completed, a follow-up assessment is conducted to ensure that the necessary improvements have been successfully implemented.

FAQs: CMMC Gap Analysis and Assessment

What is a CMMC gap analysis?

A CMMC gap analysis is an evaluation process that identifies the disparities between an organization’s current cybersecurity practices and the requirements outlined in the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). It helps organizations pinpoint areas where they need to improve to achieve compliance.


How will my organization know what CMMC level is required for a contract?

The specific CMMC level required for a contract is typically outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) documents provided by the contracting agency. The determination is based on the type of information (e.g., Controlled Unclassified Information or Federal Contract Information) that your organization will handle under the contract. Understanding the contract requirements is crucial, and consulting with a cybersecurity expert like Praetorian Secure can help ensure compliance.


What is the relationship between National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 and CMMC?

NIST SP 800-171 serves as the foundation for many of the controls and practices included in the CMMC framework. CMMC builds upon NIST 800-171 by adding additional controls and requirements, thus enhancing the cybersecurity posture of organizations in the defense industrial base (DIB) supply chain. Compliance with NIST 800-171 is often a prerequisite for achieving CMMC certification.


Will prime contractors and subcontractors be required to maintain the same CMMC level?

Prime contractors and subcontractors may not always be required to maintain the same CMMC level. The level of certification depends on the specific contractual requirements and the type of information each organization handles. Prime contractors and subcontractors must align their CMMC levels with the level of controlled information they handle. Coordination and communication between prime contractors and subcontractors are essential to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.


How much does a CMMC gap analysis cost?

The cost of a CMMC gap analysis can vary based on factors such as the size of your organization and the complexity of your cybersecurity infrastructure. For an accurate cost estimate, contact Praetorian Secure for a personalized quote.


How do I prepare for a CMMC assessment?

To prepare for a CMMC assessment, start by conducting a thorough CMMC gap analysis to identify compliance gaps. Then, create a remediation plan to address these gaps. Engage with a trusted cybersecurity partner like Praetorian Secure to guide you through the process.


How long does a CMMC assessment take?

The duration of a CMMC assessment varies depending on the complexity and size of your organization. Generally, it can take several weeks to several months to complete the assessment and achieve the desired level of compliance.


How do I do a gap analysis?

Performing a gap analysis involves comparing your organization’s existing cybersecurity practices with the requirements outlined in the CMMC framework. This assessment helps identify areas where your organization needs to improve to meet compliance standards.


What is a gap analysis checklist?

A gap analysis checklist is a structured list of items, requirements, or controls that need to be assessed during a gap analysis. It serves as a guideline to ensure that all relevant aspects are considered during the assessment process.


Who prepares a gap analysis?

Gap analyses are typically prepared by cybersecurity experts or consultants with expertise in the relevant compliance framework, such as CMMC. Praetorian Secure’s experienced team can assist you in conducting a comprehensive gap analysis.


How long does a gap analysis take?

The duration of a gap analysis depends on the scope and complexity of your organization’s cybersecurity practices. It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the assessment and provide recommendations.


Who should perform a gap analysis?

Gap analyses are best conducted by cybersecurity professionals who have in-depth knowledge of the compliance framework, such as CMMC. These experts can accurately assess your organization’s practices and provide guidance on achieving compliance.


Can you self-certify CMMC?

No, CMMC requires third-party assessments by certified assessors to verify compliance. Self-certification is not an option under the CMMC framework.


Does CMMC require background checks?

Yes, depending on your organization’s level of CMMC certification, background checks and other security clearances may be required for personnel handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) or other sensitive data.


How long is CMMC certification good for?

CMMC certifications are valid for three years. After this period, organizations must undergo re-assessments to maintain their certification and demonstrate ongoing compliance with the CMMC requirements.

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