If you are already frustrated and anxious about becoming CMMC compliant before the CMMC auditors come knocking on your door, the last thing you want to do is manage multiple vendors for your IT and CMMC compliance.  Good news; your Managed Service Provider (MSP) can help your organization achieve and maintain compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards, provided they have the appropriate expertise and credentials.

Here are a few key points to consider:

  1. Expertise in Cybersecurity as it applies to CMMC: Ensure that the MSP has knowledgeable and experienced cybersecurity professionals who understand the specific requirements of CMMC.  This is critical because simply understand the cybersecurity piece without understanding how they need to be satisfied for compliance that will pass an audit is not enough.  You don’t want to be lulled into the confidence that you are “all set” to find out during an audit that the way your IT provider implemented the controls do not meet the compliance standard.
  2. CMMC Accreditation: It’s beneficial if the MSP is accredited under the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO). This accreditation indicates that they are recognized to provide CMMC assessments and consulting, understanding the nuances to the controls and how they must be satisfied.
  3. Experience with Defense Contracts: If your MSP has experience working with defense contractors or the Department of Defense (DoD), it’s a good sign that they are familiar with the rigorous standards required.
  4. Comprehensive Services: Check if the MSP offers a comprehensive suite of services that cover all aspects of CMMC, including Gap Analysis, Remediation Services, System Security Plan (SSP) development, and ongoing compliance monitoring.
  5. Tools and Technologies: Assess whether the MSP uses advanced tools and technologies that are capable of supporting the implementation and maintenance of security controls required by CMMC.

If your MSP meets these criteria, they should be well-equipped to support your efforts in achieving CMMC compliance. It’s always a good idea to have detailed discussions with your MSP about their specific capabilities and experience related to CMMC.  At the end of the day, compliance is your responsibility, not theirs.  Protecting your contracts, revenue and reputation is on your shoulders regardless of who says they did the work to help you become compliant.