Rule Change is Imminent. Are You Ready?

The CMMC Implementation Conference is being held January 18-20 at the beautiful University of San Diego. Chock full of valuable tips and tools for business owners, service providers, and those charged with implementing the CMMC requirements, CIC2023 is NOT your ordinary CMMC conference. Learn how to Stop Talking. Start Doing. You can even take CCP or (the first ever) CCA training classes before the conference and reinforce your learning at the conference! Register today at https://CIC2023.org

Are Contractors Authorized to Mark Legacy Information or Unmarked Information as CUI?

There is a LOT of confusion in the contractor community over whether contractors have the authority to take it upon themselves to mark legacy information (e.g., FOUO, SBU, etc.) or unmarked information as CUI. In this article, we do a quick analysis based on the governing regulation and agency memorandum.

Overcoming a Shortcoming in the DoD Assessment Methodology

The DoD Assessment Methodology is a great attempt to create a standardized approach to evaluating contractor cybersecurity programs. However, it suffers from a fundamental flaw. That flaw is best illustrated through an example. Imagine that Mavis’ Machine Shop is a DoD contractor and only ever handles Federal Contact Information (“FCI”), never Controlled Unclassified Information (“CUI”). (more…)

NIST SP 800-171/CMMC 2.0 Self-Assessment Tool Updated to Include Automated FAR and Above and SPRS Scoring, and More

We are excited to announce the release of the new version of our CMMC 2.0/NIST SP 800-171 Self-Assessment Tool. This version includes automated FAR and Above and SPRS scoring and much more!

The $0 CMMC Level 2 Compliance Fallacy

Government representatives have stated that complying with CMMC 2.0 Level 2 shouldn’t cost contractors or the government anything, because contractors have been attesting to the government that they are doing these things for years. This article explores why this is correct only for a small minority (17 out of 110) of the controls in CMMC 2.0 Level 2.

When is CUI not CUI?

Imagine the following scenario: As part of Project Road Runner, a new initiative, the United States Army, a portion of the Department of Defense (“DoD”) wants to purchase three dozen anvils. The anvils must meet specific size, strength, and weight requirements. DoD has already performed a search and is not able to find a COTS (more…)