Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): considerations for self-attesting

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): considerations for self-attesting

Suppliers who need to achieve Level 1, the most basic certification, may forgo seeking outside help and perform initial and annual assessments themselves.

Excerpt from: Navigating Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0

“Suppliers with strong confidence in their audit and compliance teams, and suppliers with sufficient staffing, are ideally positioned should they decide to achieve Level 1 without external support,” added Wolfgang Goerlich, advisory chief information security officer, Cisco Secure, the portfolio of security products offered by San Francisco-based Cisco. “Such internal compliance initiatives can move quicker than bringing in a third-party when the people on the team have the relationships and understanding of how the practices are performed.”

The approach Goerlich describes may save money, but it won’t provide external validation and new perspectives.

“Achieving Level 1 with an internal project team answers the question, ‘What are we doing?’ but cannot answer the questions, ‘What are others doing, and what should we be doing?’” Goerlich said.

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