The recent rollout of the CMMC program means contractors seeking to bid on projects with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) must meet strict data protection guidelines. These businesses must enlist the services of a certified third-party assessment organization (C3PAO) to conduct an audit of their cybersecurity practices and verify that they meet the new standards. 

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) ensures that all C3PAOs have the qualifications to execute the auditing process. The CMMC-AB is a not-for-profit corporation, created by the defense department in January 2020 for this purpose. The organization is the sole provider of CMMC licensing and licensing for C3PAOs and the instructors, assessors and auditors they employ. 

What Role Does CMMC-AB Play in the Certification Process?

While contractors do not have direct contact with the CMMC-AB, the organization does have a significant impact on their ability to conduct business. Because the accreditation body verifies the credentials and qualifications of C3PAOs, it ensures that they can deliver the appropriate guidance for contracting companies that are trying to meet the compliance requirements. It also establishes the framework and standards for becoming a C3PAO. 

How Coalfire Can Help Your Organization

Coalfire Federal is one of the first companies to be recognized by the CMMC-AB as a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO) and as a CMMC C3PAO Candidate.

Our team of CMMC trained cyber professionals can accurately interpret CMMC’s complex framework and help your organization quickly become CMMC Certification Ready. 

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