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Demystifying CMMC Requirements: What You Need to Know

​​Tuuli Eaton, Head of Growth, International, Logical Operations

Tuuli Eaton
Head of Growth,
​​​​Logical Operations

With the rise in cyber threats and attacks, organizations must take comprehensive measures to protect their sensitive information and data. In this article, we will focus on key aspects of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements, shedding light on what you need to know to navigate this important Certification process.

Understanding CMMC Basics

The CMMC program was developed to enhance the security posture of companies in the Defense Supply Chain. It builds upon existing cybersecurity standards, including NIST SP 800-171. Defense contractors have been required to comply with NIST SP 800-171 since 2017, and the CMMC program adds external validation of that compliance as a contract requirement.

CMMC for Business Professionals: The Starting Point for Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs)

To gain an understanding of the CMMC basics, the CMMC for Business Professionals course serves as the starting point for Organizations Seeking Certification (OSCs) in developing their CMMC preparation strategy. The course helps companies grasp the scope and impact of CMMC. Within just one day, participants will gain valuable insights into the regulations, the CMMC Model, Assessment processes, and available resources for assistance.

Scope and Applicability

CMMC applies to organizations that contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) and manage Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This encompasses a wide range of businesses, including contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers at various tiers of the supply chain. It is important to accurately assess your organization's current and planned involvement with DoD contracts to determine your CMMC requirements.


It takes at least a year to get a company ready to be assessed, and CMMC is expected to be included in DoD contracts in the next 12-18 months. Prime contractors are already asking their suppliers if they are ready, so there is no time to wait if you haven't already started.

Certification Process

To achieve CMMC Certification, organizations must undergo a formal Assessment by a Certified Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). The first step will be identifying what people, technology, and external service providers are involved in the movement of FCI/CUI within the company's workflow. That provides the scope of the Assessment. The C3PAO will review your documentation and create an Assessment Plan. Once the C3PAO is confident you are prepared, they will schedule an Assessment, which will probably have both virtual and on-site sessions.

Preparing for CMMC

Preparing for a CMMC Assessment is an organization-wide undertaking, requiring a team that includes company executives and multiple departments, not just the IT department. Preparation involves several steps:

  1. Self-Assessment: Begin by conducting a thorough self-assessment of your organization's current cybersecurity posture against the CMMC requirements. Identify gaps and areas that need improvement.
  2. Develop a Plan: Based on the self-assessment, create a comprehensive plan to address the identified gaps. This may involve updating policies, implementing new technologies, and enhancing employee training.
  3. Implement Changes: Make the changes identified in your plan.
  4. Documentation: Maintain detailed documentation of your cybersecurity practices, policies, and procedures. This documentation will be crucial during the Assessment Process.

To prepare for a CMMC Assessment, we recommend that at least one team member go through the Official CATM-approved Certified CMMC Professional and Certified CMMC Assessor courses available through Licensed Training Providers (LTPs), even if they don't intend to obtain the formal certifications.

Benefits of CMMC

Achieving CMMC Certification offers several benefits, including:

  1. Enhanced Security: Implementing the required controls enhances your organization's cybersecurity posture, reducing the risk of data breaches and cyberattacks.
  2. Competitive Advantage: CMMC Certification can set your organization apart from competitors, making you a more attractive choice for DoD contracts.
  3. Compliance: Meeting CMMC requirements ensures compliance with contractual obligations and industry standards.
  4. Trust Building: CMMC Certification demonstrates your commitment to protecting sensitive information, and building trust with both the DoD and other potential customers.

Understanding the basics of CMMC, its applicability, the Certification process, and the steps needed to prepare for it is crucial for organizations seeking to work with the U.S. Department of Defense. By embracing CMMC requirements, organizations can not only protect sensitive information but also position themselves as leaders in a security-conscious landscape.

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Enhance Your Cybersecurity Training Portfolio with the Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Practice Exam 

​​Tuuli Eaton, Head of Growth, International, Logical Operations

Tuuli Eaton
Head of Growth,
​​​​Logical Operations

As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, organizations face increasing pressure to ensure the security of their sensitive information and data. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) has emerged as a crucial standard for cybersecurity training and compliance. We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Practice Exam to our CMMC portfolio, empowering professionals to prepare for the official CCP exam and enhance their expertise in cybersecurity.

Introducing the Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Practice Exam

The CCP Practice Exam is a valuable resource for individuals looking to pursue CMMC certification. It simulates the official certification exam, employing the same weights for each exam domain to ensure an equivalent balance of item coverage for preparation. The practice exam also offers unlimited re-takes.

The exam domains and their respective weightings are as follows:

  1. CMMC Ecosystem: 5%
  2. CMMC-AB Code of Professional Conduct (Ethics): 5%
  3. CMMC Governance and Sources Documents: 15%
  4. CMMC Model Construct and Implementation Evaluation: 35%
  5. CMMC Assessment Process (CAP): 25%
  6. Scoping: 15%

Exam Specifications

The CCP Practice Exam offers an immersive and flexible learning experience:

  • 170 Questions per take, randomly drawn from our 500+ question bank.
  • Delivered online for your convenience.
  • Unlimited re-takes to reinforce your understanding of the material.
  • A 3.5-hour time limit per take, simulating the real exam conditions.
  • After completing the exam, you will receive an overall result percentage, along with per-category feedback, delivered via email.

The Path to CMMC Training

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification represents one of the most significant areas of growth for training providers in cybersecurity. If you are interested in offering CMMC training, there are two paths you can explore:

1. Become a Licensed Training Provider (LTP) with The CyberAB.

  • As an LTP, you can provide Authorized CMMC training to individuals aspiring to become Assessment professionals and organizations seeking to certify their internal employees.
  • Logical Operations is a Licensed Publishing Partner (LPP) and can supply you with Official CATM-approved content (Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) & Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA)) once you become an LTP.

2. Offer CMMC: Organizational Foundations through Logical Operations.

  • This training is ideal for those who do not wish to become certified as a CMMC Assessor but want to gain comprehensive knowledge of CMMC.

Unlocking the Potential of CMMC

CMMC is not just a certification; it signifies a commitment to cybersecurity and resilience. Organizations can leverage CMMC to enhance their cybersecurity practices in various ways, such as:

  1. Cyber Compliance Training: Stay ahead of evolving threats by implementing robust compliance training for your workforce.
  2. Incident Response Training: Prepare your team to handle cybersecurity incidents effectively and minimize potential damages.
  3. Coding and Patching Procedures: Ensure secure coding practices and timely patching to safeguard against vulnerabilities.

The addition of the Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Practice Exam to our CMMC portfolio is a significant step in bolstering cybersecurity expertise. Whether you are an aspiring CMMC Professional or an organization seeking to enhance cybersecurity practices, our comprehensive training offerings will cater to your needs.

To summarize, our CMMC portfolio consists of the following products:

Empower yourself and your team with CMMC certification and stay ahead of cyber threats in an ever-changing, digital landscape. Reach out to tuuli.eaton@logicaloperations.com to embark on your CMMC journey today!




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