Not all assessments are equal.

With a rigorous and complex preparation process, the last thing you want is to have your formal CMMC C3PAO assessment performed by an inferior partner that delays compliance and increases cost.

Coalfire Federal:

  • understands every environment requires a custom approach.
  • ensures your readiness with mock assessments.
  • delivers accurate, verifiable results that are on-time and within budget.

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). to perform their official CMMC Certification Assessment. 

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Coalfire Federal CMMC (C3PAO) Assessment Services

Get directions from someone who has already been where you need to go. Coalfire Federal leverages experience as a C3PAO to help you effectively achieve CMMC Certification. Our suite of services includes:

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?

For some levels of CMMC 2.0, an official assessment conducted by a CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) is required by the Department of Defense (DoD). 

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 Cyber-Accreditation Body (Cyber-AB), a not-for-profit organization serving as the DoD’s certification partner. A C3PAO is a service provider organization that the Cyber-AB has accredited and authorized to conduct CMMC assessments and submits findings and certify that Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs) comply with the CMMC 2.0.

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 Assessment planning and a Conformity Assessment Readiness Review (CARR) to verify your organization’s readiness.

A kick-off session starts the formal Conformity Assessment and then 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 DoD and grades it either pass or fail.

The assessment team then summarizes its findings and prepares a Conformity Assessment report that is reviewed directly with you.

If your organization passes, the C3PAO issues your certification.  The C3PAO then uploads your results, pass or fail, to DoD.