Many small and medium enterprises are trying to become compliant as the Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) moves forward.
You might be wondering, “How do I acquire compliance?” I’m not sure where to begin. Do I have the competence needed to become compliant in-house? Is there time for my in-house specialists to work on this, or would time be better spent elsewhere?
Based on your responses to those concerns, you may have concluded that you may benefit from outside assistance in preparing for a CMMC security assessment. In other words, you’re seeking a consultant that specializes in CMMC.
You may notice that not all consulting firms or consultants are made equal once you begin conversing with possible consultants or organizations that provide consulting services. Regretfully, other businesses are less cautious and may take advantage of clients who may not be aware of their rights.
Are you looking for some pointers on how to select a consultant that is a good fit for your company? This article will cover the following topics:
Where to Begin
Make sure you comprehend your own objectives, constraints, and non-negotiables before searching out a CMMC specialist. Someone will find it much easier to sell you something that does not meet your organization’s requirements.
In the case of CMMC, your needs might range from having a second pair of eyes go over the work you’ve previously done to fully overseeing your efforts to become and stay compliant.
You should also be clear on what degree of CMMC regulation adherence you want to attain.
Examine Your Motives
Nobody enjoys paying thousands, tens of thousands, or even millions of dollars to comply with regulations. The improper strategy is to look for a rubber stamp or someone who will tell you what you want to hear.
While a rubber stamp may provide you with a report stating that you are competent and prepared for an evaluation, as CMMC requires, a third-party auditor is unlikely to be as severe of a cybersecurity application.
Do your homework
You wouldn’t need a consultant if you already understood all there was to know about CMMC adherence. However, having a working grasp of CMMC’s standards and how to achieve those requirements is essential. If you are unable to accomplish it on your own, enlist the assistance of a friend or colleague!
Determine the Consultant’s Function
Taking the time to consider the consultant’s desired function can help you keep expenses under control and possibly assess if a consultant is required at all. If you do decide that extra assistance is required, make sure you understand the scope of that assistance and that the scope is explicitly specified in any future agreements (s). Define attainable and quantifiable objectives and keep your provider accountable to them.
Create a schedule.
Make sure you create a timeline that specifies when the consulting engagement should begin and end.
This will not only help you fulfill your deadlines, but it will also assist the potential consultant in determining the project’s personnel and resourcing requirements. With two individuals working on it, a process that takes one individual two months could just take one month.