CMMC and DoD Compliance for Manufacturers Machine Shops and DoD Contractors - ChatFortress

Posted on June 21, 2021 by Benjamin Bressington

CMMC and DoD Compliance for Manufacturers Machine Shops and DoD Contractors - ChatFortress

CMMC & DoD Compliance for Manufacturers, Machine Shops, and DoD Contractors

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Want help navigating the CMMC or NIST800-171 regulatory requirements of the DoD sector for Manufacturers, DoD Contractors, and Machine Shops.

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Cybersecurity In The Machine Shop – CMMC is coming are you prepared?

Cybersecurity in 2020 is a huge issue. As much as $600 billion, nearly 1% of global GDP, could be lost to cybercrime each year. Cybercrime is a large and growing problem for defense firms that make defense products. Protecting CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) is critical in the defense supply chain.

The loss of CUI from DIB from the DIB sector increases the risk to national economic security. Without a comprehensive information security management system (ISMS) to tie those measures into a cohesive system, gaps will persist and the company will be vulnerable.

If you’re a manufacturer or operate some type of machine shop, and you do business with America’s defense establishment directly or through a defense contractor, you need to be aware of a new cybersecurity standard that will have a large impact on your company.

The Department of Defense (DoD) created what’s known as the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and NIST800-171 to beef up cybersecurity measures throughout its massive supply chain. Built upon existing compliance standards under Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) requirements (NIST800-171), CMMC is designed to ensure that all DoD contractors and their subcontractors protect their information systems with robust security measures.

For Example:

  • If your company is attacked by ransomware will your company survive?
  • Will you compromise sensitive information that's relevant to Government contracts?
  • Will your company experience downtime?

NIST800 171 is the foundational framework the CMMC has been built off. There are unique requirements that are outside of the NIST800 171 framework. However, the NIST800 171 framework can help you meet your compliance requirements.

What is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), as its name suggests, is a set of cybersecurity standards that defines the state of maturity for an organization. There are five levels of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance requirements that can include up to 171 specific requirements that your company needs to satisfy. Your company needs to provide evidence of how it is satisfying each of these requirements to gain certification during your audit.

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Does CMMC apply to you?

The simple answer is Yes. Your company should be meeting one of the 5 levels of CMMC. These security requirements will help your company reduce the recovery time when you experience an incident.

CMMC applies to any manufacturer that supplies technology directly or indirectly to the DoD.

Cybersecurity requirements for all DoD contractors and subcontractors extend down the supply chain, so CMMC certification is required by anyone who operates a machine shop, as well as manufacturers like you that make parts or entire products sold to defense contractors.

Your Primes may require you to meet a certain level of CMMC. Or if you are looking to grow your company meeting these CMMC & NIST800-171 requirements will become a competitive advantage.

It is only a matter of time before your company will need to meet the CMMC and or NIST800-171 compliance requirements. Many companies are implementing this framework as the baseline for supply chain security.

The CMMC Impact on Manufacturers, DoD Contractors, and Machine Shops?

This means that companies will no longer be able to self-attest their security and cybersecurity posture. You will require to become certified by an independent auditor. Therefore failing to meet the requirements and gain certification can result in failing to be awarded contracts.

What’s the CMMC scope and impact?

CMMC introduces a required mandate to be certified in order to participate in the DIB supply chain. Processes such as managing hardware and software, configuring logons with multi-factor authentication will be required. The scope of requirements is enormous and it will leave shops scrambling to understand what's required of them and how to build their new processes.

Most machine shops thought that being ITAR registered (which requires no third-party auditing) is sufficient for performing defense work and they self-certify as compliant. This is NO LONGER the case.

What Level of CMMC?

If your company has access to CUI data you will instantly be required to meet the requirements of CMMC Level 3.

Therefore Levels 1 & 2 are basic cyber hygiene levels and will not be sufficient if your company has access to CUI data. You should note that it can take 6-12 months to fully implement CMMC Level 3 or higher. Therefore this is not something you want to procrastinate on.

NOTE: The ChatFortress Team can help you implement your CMMC program quickly by providing you access to our CMMC & NIST800-171 implementation guide. Our CMMC GAP Analysis software will help you fast-track your implementation and save yourself 1000+ hours! Learn more:

Why the change for Manufacturers, DoD Contractors, and Machine Shops?

While manufacturers and machine shop operators may be frustrated about having to comply with yet another set of federal rules.

Attaining CMMC compliance will provide significant benefits in that it increases your ability to protect your company, your data, and your other customers from cybercrime.

After all, the practices included in CMMC are considered basic protection under today’s cybersecurity standards. Compliance for CMMC for manufacturers and machine shop practices will be evaluated in several areas, including:

  • Data safeguards, such as verifying that data centers cannot be accessed inappropriately and that measures have been taken to limit data theft through measures such as USB drives.
  • Password policies that ensure passwords provide the right level of protection through complexity, regular changes, and practices such as limiting the number of attempted logins.
  • Ongoing training to keep employees abreast of security challenges, such as sending fake phishing emails to see if employees can be duped into revealing information.
  • Threat protection, with systems to spot attacks from outside the system, malicious code, and other tactics that can alert companies to danger.
  • Additional steps, such as multi-factor authentication to verify that users are who they claim to be.

My Machine shop doesn't have a security team?

Even if your Machine Shop, or Manufacturer company does not have an IT security team you will need to meet all of the requirements within the CMMC. Yes, you can leverage outsourced IT. But just because you use an Outsourced IT or Managed Service Provider (MSP) does not mean you have outsourced your compliance requirements.

Many MSPs or IT providers are failing to meet the CMMC and NIST800-171 compliance requirements and therefore could present an issue for your company at audit time.

The CMMC & NIST800-171 security requirements include 17 domain categories that are not just "online or computer-based".

How can CMMC apply to my Machine shop?

You might be thinking that your computer systems are simple or even old. Or your employees barely know how to use a computer since you specialize in manufacturing or machine shop services. Therefore how can CMMC apply to your company?

There are 3 mains elements to satisfying the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and NIST800-171.

  • Documentation - What is the documentation that outlines your policies and procedures for how your company operates?
  • Systems & Processes - What are the software and systems used by your company to implement the workflows outlined in your documentation?
  • Validation - How are you validating that your Systems & Processes are implemented as defined in your Documentation?

Don't worry if you don't have any documentation, or aren't sure what Software & Processes to implement.

The ChatFortress Cybersecurity team can help you implement and satisfy all of the CMMC and NIST800 171 compliance requirements. The first step you should take is to complete your CMMC & NIST800-171 Gap Assessment using the Easy Compliance tool. Signup and create your account for CMMC Gap Audit for Free!

3 Ways Cybersecurity is becoming a CNC Machining Shop prerequisite!

  1. Small Companies should invest in cyber liability coverage, so they're not on the hook for a breach that could be preventable.
  2. Be sure to have an incident response plan -- even if you don't have a lot of sensitive data, having one will help put your mind at ease. What happens when your company experiences a security incident? This could be even if a malicious insider or past employee steals data...
  3. Taking the "cyber hygiene" approach can be effective-- things like updating software and creating strong passwords can make your network more secure without requiring expensive investments or hiring new staff. Managing your passwords more effectively can help you secure your company against attack.

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