The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) process will soon impact all defense industrial base (DIB) contractors. These companies must demonstrate CMMC compliance by the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2025 (and earlier for many organizations) to verify they have instituted sufficient cybersecurity oversight up and down their supply chains. 

One of the most significant changes with CMMC implementation is that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will no longer accept a self-assessment from a contractor when evaluating cybersecurity maturity. Instead, a Certified Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) must manage the task. 

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CMMC Certification Levels

When a C3PAO conducts its CMMC assessment, it will evaluate the organization to determine which (if any) of the five maturity levels it has attained:


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Level 1 — Performed

Demonstrates the implementation of basic cyber hygiene practices.

Review Level 1

Level 2 — Documented

Displays adherence to intermediate cyber hygiene practices.

Review Level 2

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Level 3 — Managed

Exemplifies good cyber hygiene when protecting controlled unclassified information.

Review Level 3

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Level 4 — Reviewed

Confirms the desired proactive approach when safeguarding controlled unclassified information and lowering the risk of advanced persistent threats.

Review Level 4

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Level 5 — Optimized

Shows the implementation of the most advanced and progressive cyber maturity practices.

Review Level 5

Ensuring Your Organization Is Certification-Ready

While a CMMC self-assessment isn’t enough to become certified, it can help you determine how much work your organization must do to reach the desired level. For instance, if your goal is to bid on highly secure contracts but your self-review shows you’ve only implemented basic cyber hygiene practices, you’ll know you need to spend a lot of time getting ready to achieve compliance. 

Why Choose Coalfire Federal as Your C3PAO?

Meeting these stringent requirements can be a daunting challenge for many organizations. Coalfire Federal can alleviate the burden by providing expert CMMC advisory services. We can support DIB organizations like yours throughout the process, from helping you determine the most appropriate certification level based on the contracts you intend to bid on to providing the training to get you there. We can also help you identify any gaps in your current cyber maturity status and create a remediation strategy to close them. 

What Makes Us Different From the Rest?

As a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO) and a C3PAO candidate, Coalfire Federal is uniquely qualified to assist you with your CMMC assessment. By taking a practitioner’s perspective to the consulting process, we can help you plan and prepare for certification more effectively than our competitors. Our in-depth understanding of the CMMC framework also enables us to help you understand this new procedure and how it will impact your organization moving forward. 

Protect the Mission: Contact Us for a CMMC Assessment Today

Take the next step toward ensuring your organization is certification-ready. Contact Coalfire Federal to learn more about our CMMC advisory services and schedule an assessment today. We have multiple offices across the United States and one in the United Kingdom to serve you.