April 12, 2023
Getting started on CMMC compliance? One of the first things that you’ll need to do is to perform a gap analysis. A gap analysis lets you know where your security controls are good and where you have compliance holes to fill. And filling them is required to attain your certification — and thus your defense contract.
Why should Rimstorm perform your gap analysis?
Even if you have an in-house IT team, most organizations are not recommended to internally handle all aspects of CMMC preparation. On one hand, it’s prudent to examine all the controls currently in place prior to a CMMC assessment or audit. But on the other, there may be several gaps that you can easily gloss over without an outside, expert view. A CP3AO like Rimstorm understands the requirements as intended because we have received training directly from the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) and must act by an approved standard to maintain our certified status. When walking through a complete gap analysis, a knowledgeable CP3AO will examine your network, systems, and controls in terms of the applicable CMMC Level an organization is trying to achieve.
What does a CMMC gap analysis cover?
The primary purpose of CMMC gap analysis is to help organizations measure their present level of conformance to NIST 800-171, which enables them to assess the effectiveness of their cybersecurity control. This further assists a company in determining if the business is compliant with CMMC or not. For instance, your organization may be lagging in access control, such as having a weak or no multifactor authentication. Your company may not have the proper resources or tools for safe data storage and backup control.
Other examples include not having a practical incident report framework or good network segmentation. Perhaps there’s a lack of advanced cybersecurity training for organizational leadership and insecure data storage techniques.
With a gap analysis, you will be able to stay on the right track with your CMMC compliance plan. Otherwise, you will not know which changes needed to be made to attain a successful CMMC assessment.
How long does a gap analysis take?
The time and effort needed to complete a CMMC gap analysis both depend on several factors:
- Your business environment.
- The required CMMC levels that your company should comply with.
- Human and technical resources.
- Availability of expert input.
- Your current security standing.
The good news is you can already cross at least one of those factors out. Our expertise is readily available to you for input and proper guidance. When you have a gap analysis performed by Rimstorm, you’ll come away with an increased understanding of how close you are to CMMC compliance, and what challenges await you. And the best part of all is, we help you meet those challenges head on.