Logically Speaking September 2021: CMMC is Here
September 21, 2021

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), driven by the US Department of Defense (DoD), presents us with a “major shift” training opportunity that I have likened to the rollout of Windows from way back when. It really is THAT BIG and in this issue of Logically Speaking, we share a wealth of information that will help you get started quickly and correctly.

Jim Gabalski
VP, Sales and Marketing

CMMC Readiness Checklist

by Jon O'Keefe, Technology Education Jedi


Checklist GraphicThe Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) training is finally here!  Logical Operations, a Licensed Partner Publisher (LPP) with the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), has submitted our courseware for final approval, which means that Licensed Training Providers (LTPs) will soon be able to offer official Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) training. This has been an event over 2 years in the making, so today we want to make sure you’re ready to capitalize on the CMMC training market.

What Is CMMC?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is the evolution of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy to safeguard the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) from cyber threats, both foreign and domestic. There are over 350,000 organizations who are part of the DIB, who participate in bidding on and winning contracts from the DoD.  By FY 2026 (September 2025), all 350,000 DIB organizations plus subcontractors will have to switch from a very loose “self-attestation” model on their cybersecurity practices, to a much more formal third-party assessment. This is going to require massive amounts of training, both authorized and unauthorized, for hundreds of thousands of IT departments. Training for these companies will range from understanding what CMMC is, to official CMMC Certification training, to training on IT practices to make sure they are prepared for CMMC. In short, this is a massive shift in the way the DIB organizations are managing their cybersecurity, and one of the only solutions is training.

How Can You Get Started?

Here is your CMMC readiness checklist:

  1. Check out https://cmmclpp.com to see the different training options available to all training organizations, including our 1-day CMMC Kickstart class and our 5-day CMMC CP Boot Camp.  You can also learn more about CMMC there.

  2. Check out some of the other links around CMMC:If you decide you’d like to offer CMMC training, check out our CMMC Kickstart Marketing Kit. This kit contains social media posts, website banners, marketing emails, and scoping guides for classes like CyberSec First Responder™ and Cyber Secure Coder. This kit will make it easy for you to get the CMMC Kickstart class up and available on your website and on your social media.

    1. https://cmmcab.org/ - CMMC-AB Website 
    2. https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/draft.html - OUSD A&S Approved and Baseline CMMC Documents and Supplemental Material
    3. https://cmmcinfo.org/ CMMC Information Institute
  3. Request copies of the CMMC Kickstart and CMMC CP Boot Camp materials for your instructors. Just send an email to jedijon@logicaloperations.com and we will make sure you get what you need!

  4. Schedule a consultation to determine whether you want to become an official Licensed Training Provider through the CMMC-AB or just an official CMMC Kickstart/Boot Camp trainer. We will be glad to take you through what the process will look like and help you make the best decision for your business.

  5. Schedule a customer-facing CMMC webinar with Jedi Jon, CMMC Product Manager. If you want to get your customers excited about this training, this is one of the fastest ways to make that happen.

  6. Profit.

Whether you decide to become an official LTP, or you want to offer unofficial but still incredibly necessary CMMC Kickstart and Boot Camp classes, Logical Operations is your partner in all things CMMC. There are billions of dollars in training currently waiting to be filled by organizations just like you.

Keys to Selling

How to Sell CMMC? Find Your Local OSC!

​​​​​by Jim Gabalski, VP, Sales and Marketing


There are over 350,000 contractors in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and they are located all over the world.  All contractors must be in compliance with CMMC prior to new contract award, contract renewal, and/or not later than September 30, 2025. Each contractor and every subcontractor is an Organization Seeking Certification (OSC).  And there is likely one or more in your area. 

Two IT workers talkingSelling CMMC training is pretty straightforward. Once you identify an OSC, you know that they need to create a compliance program and eventually be assessed for compliance by a Certified Assessor.  To effectively deploy a program, an OSC needs compliance program managers and implementers who understand the CMMC Model.  The best way to get that skill on staff is to send those program managers and implementers for Certified CMMC Professional Training or CCP. This 5-day course provides a thorough understanding of the model and what requirements an organization will be assessed against depending on the certification level that they are seeking --- there are 5 levels in the CMMC Model that get more challenging as you progress, and the level required depends on the type of service the OSC provides to the Department of Defense (DoD). In addition to that, most organizations will want general awareness training on CMMC, and the 1-day CMMC Kickstart class is perfect for that purpose. 

So, the key to selling CMMC is to ask your customers if they do business with the Department of Defense. If they do, then they are an OSC, and you should then ask who is the person leading the CMMC compliance program. That’s the person you need to talk to about CCP and Kickstart training.   

If you need any help getting started, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at JediJon@Logicaloperations.com.  

Curriculum Corner

Certified CMMC Professional Exam Blueprint Approved, Curriculum on Its Way

by Nancy Curtis, VP, Content


Now that the Department of Defense has approved the official blueprint for the Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) exam, Logical Operations’ accredited curriculum won’t be far behind!  As required by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), we’ve aligned our courseware to the final blueprint and submitted it for approval by ProCert Labs. It should be available to our Licensed Training Provider (LTP) customers in a few short weeks.   

But you don’t have to wait for the final course release to get a look at the Logical Operations’ CCP materials!  We’ve created a pre-release sampler pack to give LTPs and prospective instructors early insight into the structure, approach, and coverage of the CCP curriculum. Jedi Jon will be happy to send you a copy of the sampler, just ask!   

You’ll see that we’ve taken a creative approach to the curriculum design, both in CCP and the upcoming Certified CMMC Assessor Level 1 (CCA-1). To reflect the dynamic and evolving nature of the CMMC process and standards, LO’s CMMC curriculum puts the focus on presentation materials, student engagement, and instructor support, while minimizing static instructional text. The courseware manual features searchable replicas of all the presentation slides, scripted interactive activities, and a complete Glossary and Index, along with ample space for student notetaking.  The accompanying instructor slide decks provide you with detailed delivery suggestions and presentation support.   

The CMMC-AB expects to make the CCP blueprint public in early October. LO is eager to help you plan to meet the surge of demand for accredited training that we know will follow. And we’ll continue to support your needs for general and awareness-level CMMC education with our non-accredited CMMC Boot Camp and CMMC Kickstart titles. We cordially invite you to include our full CMMC curriculum portfolio in your training offerings.  



CMMC Kickstart Training Launched by Logical Operations 

by Jon O'Keefe, Technology Education Jedi


Logical Operations is excited to announce the release of “CMMC Kickstart: A Practical Guide to Getting Ready for CMMC”. Course materials are now available to training providers for a 1-day CMMC overview class that focuses on preparing organizations impacted by CMMC to get started on their way to compliance. 

CMMC, or Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and consists of cybersecurity processes and practices designed to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). The DIB is made up of over 350,000 organizations within the DoD vendor supply chain. CMMC is a landmark cybersecurity initiative that ensures sensitive information is protected wherever it goes in the vendor base.   

Logical Operations is a CMMC-AB Licensed Partner Publisher (LPP), offering CMMC Licensed Training Providers (LTPs) training materials designed to help Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs) design and deploy compliance programs. Being a member of the CMMC ecosystem and getting to work with the LTPs and OSCs to protect controlled information is an awesome responsibility that will help assist U.S. national security.

CMMC Kickstart was designed to satisfy growing demand for baseline training for organizations across the globe. One of the biggest challenges DIB organizations face when preparing to get assessed for CMMC compliance is full team readiness. CMMC Kickstart training teaches what life will be like under CMMC. Throughout all levels of an organization, including the Executive Team, this training will make preparing for CMMC much easier.

Jim Gabalski, VP of Logical Operations, believes that CMMC Kickstart is where OSCs will start their CMMC preparation strategy. “We’ve created the Kickstart training to help companies understand the scope and impact of CMMC,” said Gabalski, adding “Within one day, students will gain an understanding of the regulations, the CMMC Model, what an assessment entails, and where to go to get help.” 

Training organizations that are interested in offering CMMC Kickstart can find it available on https://cmmclpp.com.   

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Customize Our CMMC Curriculum to Fit Your Needs

by Andrea Montanarella, Manager, Custom Production


Did you know that Logical Operations offers general-purpose CMMC curriculum? Because these course offerings are not part of the accredited CMMC curriculum track, they are available for you to customize!  

Are you an instructor who wants to change the order in which you deliver your CMMC material? Do you want to change the cover or add your own logo or personalization? These are all available through our customization process. 

Our two featured books this month are:  

We know our customers and students appreciate the design and layout of the Logical Operations content. However, did you know that you can re-sequence and re-group your content to complement your teaching style and learning style of your students? 

For a quick review of customization, click the YouTube link https://youtu.be/BR20TCkY4sg

There are endless options for customization, and it is oftentimes much more cost effective than you may think!   

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Andrea Montanarella

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