CMMC (C3PAO) Assessment Services

Defense contractors face a technically rigorous process. Selecting an assessor with the necessary domain, IT, and cybersecurity experience to understand the unique factors of your environment, your security controls, and your business processes is critical to achieving Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) in an efficient and timely manner.

That kind of knowledge and ability is why organizations across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) rely on Coalfire Federal, one of the first CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organizations (C3PAO).

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Coalfire Federal CMMC (C3PAO) Assessment Services

Our team will provide you with accurate, objective, and trusted consulting expertise designed specifically to help you become CMMC Assessment-Ready.

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CMMC Readiness Review

Determine your organization’s readiness state to proceed with the official CMMC Assessment.

CMMC Mock Assessment

Unofficial, comprehensive assessment which mirrors the CMMC Assessment. Designed to help you predetermine the likely outcome and your team’s readiness during an official CMMC Assessment.

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C3PAO Assessment

Official C3PAO Assessment, recognized by the Cyber AB and Department of Defense, to determine CMMC Level compliance.

What is the CMMC Assessment Process?

A C3PAO is an independent service provider that audits defense contractors to verify their CMMC compliance efforts. The C3PAO forwards its findings to the DoD, which then issues the certification.

All prospective C3PAOs must receive authorization from the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), a not-for-profit organization serving as the DoD’s certification partner.

Contractor begins the assessment process by selecting a C3PAO to conduct their assessment.

The C3PAO assigns a Certified Assessor (CA) who works with the contractor’s sponsor and other key points of contact to review the scope of the assessment, complete a contract, and schedule the assessment.

The assessment begins with a kick-off session followed by one or more days during which the assessment team conducts interviews and reviews documentation and evidence. The number of days depends on the desired certification level.

The assessment team evaluates each practice, following guidelines and criteria established by the Cyber AB and grades it either pass or fail.

The assessment team then summarizes its findings and prepares a recommendation report that is reviewed with the contractor.

The C3PAO then reviews the Certified Assessor’s (CA) recommendation and forwards it to the Cyber AB for approval.


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