GovCon Enclave: The Affordable, Real-World Solution for CMMC Compliance
The U.S. Department of Defense is rolling out its new cybersecurity program, known as Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC. The purpose of CMMC is to provide a more easily quantified and verified standard across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).
Once the program is fully implemented, all DOD contractors will have to demonstrate CMMC compliance to respond to RFPs and be awarded new contracts.
This means no more self-reporting about your cybersecurity standards and practices. Instead, you will have to obtain third-party certification of CMMC compliance. Depending on your required level of certification (CMMC establishes five certification levels) the time, hassle and expense of compliance becomes significant – and significantly daunting.
To address this challenge for the more than 300,000 contractors in the DIB, Rimstorm is proud to introduce GovCon Enclave.
What Is Rimstorm GovCon Enclave?
Before we answer that question, let’s take a moment to revisit the concept of an enclave in this context. In its simplest terms, an enclave is a secure, dedicated IT environment built specifically for the purpose of securing specific information artifacts (i.e., data).
We designed GovCon Enclave to provide a CMMC-compliant environment. This allows federal contractors to separate any data that is subject to CMMC requirements from the remainder of their business’s electronic information assets.
This encrypted environment provides a scalable, turnkey solution, including processes, policies and procedures, that will not only get your company CMMC compliant, but also facilitate recurring compliance assessments. Our covert, adaptable enclave solution is designed to address every potential challenge, providing measurable advantages from operational, technical, and legal perspectives.
The bottom line is that GovCon Enclave is a simple, elegant and affordable solution to becoming certification-ready for DoD’s onerous new compliance requirements.
The Challenges of Transitioning From NIST 800-171 to CMMC
Under the current NIST 800-171 standards, contractors are required to have a System Security Plan (SSP) in place, which lays out how, specifically, the company is meeting the NIST cybersecurity framework. If a contractor does not comply in some aspect(s), the company must develop a Plan of Action & Milestones (POAM) for getting fully into compliance.
Until now, contractors self-reported regarding compliance and rarely (if ever) got audited. Under the CMMC framework, however, the honor system is no more. You must now prove, through a formal audit and certification process, that you comply with the established security standards.
The security controls established by NIST 800-171 have not significantly changed. However, CMMC standards lay out the specific controls required per maturity level of compliance. For example, if you handle controlled unclassified information (CUI), you much demonstrate CMMC Level 3 compliance – which involves 130 specific practice and control requirements.
If a third-party assessment determines that you are not fully compliant with all 130 of these requirements, you will no longer be eligible to respond to DoD RFPs or RFIs.
Why Choose GovCon Enclave for CMMC?
To get your CMMC certification, you must demonstrate your company’s compliance with all of the process and practice requirements as well as cybersecurity maturity.
If you approach getting certified from a traditional perspective, this would mean hiring compliance experts and paying for hundreds of hours of their time. You would have to draft policy and procedure documents for every practice and control requirement. You would need to implement a managed SEIM (security information and event management) platform as well as an intrusion detection system (IDS). This is only a small portion of what’s required to become certified under the CMMC framework. Depending on the size and scope of your company, the process could take months (or years) with costs ranging well into the millions of dollars.
Or you could call on the team of cybersecurity experts at Rimstorm, and let GovCon Enclave cover all those bases for you.
Rimstorm GovCon Enclave Features
The Rimstorm GovCon Enclave is a specialized compliance engine designed for DoD contractors. It’s robust features include:
- The Compliance Policy Center automates the creation and maintenance of required policies and plans under CMMC and NIST 800-171.
- The Compliance Management Dashboard interface lets you see where you are at a glance.
- The Compliance Assessment Prep module compiles all of the objective evidence needed for a formal CMMC Level 3 assessment.
- The Compliance Enforcer ensures automated responses, controls and alerts if any issues are detected.
With a host of flexible features and options, this platform is designed to grow along with your needs and requirements. You can choose to permanently deploy the enclave (in the cloud or resident) or create enclaves per-project. Rimstorm delivers Global Threat Intelligence (GTI) along with the necessary security controls, legal framework and compliance engine, as well as around-the-clock support (24×7), Enclave help desk (8×5), and comprhensive training and workshops. We provide managed SIEM, incident reporting and analysis, forensic investigation, log management and more.
GovCon Enclave also offers a simple solution for ensuring that your subcontractors are CMMC compliant. We have a collaborative interface enclave option, which allows you to interface and share a secured data environment with select subcontractors and third-parties as needed. You can add this option on a per-contract basis.
Do You Need GovCon Enclave?
GovCon Enclave is designed specifically for entities that contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as well as their subcontractors and other relevant entities in their supply chain. RFPs are already being issued that require CMMC compliance. Each year, the percentage of contracts that require this certification will increase, with 100% compliance being required by 2025. Until that time, however, no one knows exactly when it will be their turn to comply. If you aren’t ready when it’s your turn, that could mean losing your revenue stream.
Unless you have the time, money and technical resources necessary to build your compliance engine from the ground up, you need the turnkey solution that GovCon Enclave provides. Our enclave is robust and holistic, allowing you to demonstrate NIST 800-171 and CMMC compliance as well as the necessary level of cybersecurity maturity.
With a low cost to implement and maintain, GovCon Enclave is the perfect solution to propel your company into the future of CMMC compliance.
What Happens If You Aren’t CMMC Compliant?
If you cannot demonstrate CMMC compliance at the time it becomes an RFP requirement, you won’t be able to submit a proposal for that project. Currently, however, few companies have received the necessary certification to perform compliance assessments. Until these processes come fully online, contractors still have an option for self-reporting.
Even though this might sound like the old MIST 800-171 honor system, it really isn’t. In fact, this transitional self-assessment process requires that you perform a detailed self-assessment and report your assessment score on the DoD’s Supplier Risk Management System. If you don’t accurately represent your current cybersecurity practices and controls, you risk violating the federal False Claims Act (FCA).
FCA violations subject you and your company to criminal charges and civil penalties up to three times the DoD’s damages as well as a $22,000 fine for every invoice you previously submitted.
With a simple solution like GovCon Enclave, you don’t have to take these risks. Not only will you have peace of mind that your data is well-protected, but you can confidently and accurately report your compliance with all CMMC framework requirements.
GovCon Enclave vs. Other CMMC Compliance Options
As the first to introduce a turnkey compliance solution for government contractors seeking NIST 800-171 and/or CMMC certification, the Rimstorm GovCon Enclave is truly unique.
As one of the nation’s premier Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP), Rimstorm has been at the forefront of CMMC compliance technology development. Our platform, although targeted toward providing Level 3 CMMC compliance for federal government contractors, is fully functional and adaptable for all levels of NIST 800-171 and CMMC compliance.
We offer a CMMC compliance gap analysis, performed by one of our provisional CMMC-AB assessors, to help illuminate your path to certification. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you achieve CMMC compliance with our affordable turnkey GovCon Enclave platform.