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Compliance and Security Provided by Cyber Security Solutions

CMMC Compliance
Easy & Affordable

The words "Easy & Affordable" are not usually tied to CMMC. See why companies across North America are partnering with CSS for their CMMC implementation.

How we simplify your implementation

CSS includes everything you need for security and compliance with our turn-key, single vendor approach. There is no longer a need to manage multiple vendors.

Here’s a look at what you get with our CMMC package:

What to know
CMMC version 2.0 Compliance

For companies in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) there are mandates that will require your company to meet the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) v2.0 compliance requirements. The CMMC program is a response from the DoD to implement best practices allowing proper protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

CMMC v2.0 is expected to go into effect in May 2023 and be included in contracts by July 2023. To remain competitive and bid on contracts in the DIB, companies will have to implement the new maturity model. CSS has put together purpose-built security and compliance packages to help your organization navigate framework requirements and prepare for your Certified Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) assessment.

CMMC v2.0
Levels of Compliance

CMMC v2.0 compliance has been reduced to 3 levels of compliance/certification. Each level of compliance introduces additional practices and increased responsibility in how an organization protects their data. Here is a look at the three different levels of compliance for CMMC v2.0:

Compliance Level

CSS Provided

Model

LEVEL 3

Expert

Triannual Government-Led Assessments

110+ practices based on
NIST SP 800-172

LEVEL 2

Advanced

Triannual third-party assessments for critical national security information; Annual self-assessment for select programs

110 practices aligned with
NIST SP 800-171

LEVEL 1

Foundational

Annual self-assessment

17 Practices

Why Choose Cyber Security Solutions?

We are not a company that develops spreadsheets and plans for your team to follow to meet compliance on your own. We get our hands dirty and do all the hard work for your implementation, only leaving policy/procedure reviews and annual training modules for your team to complete. We don’t believe in piecemeal solutions; we feel that they leave too much room for error when it comes to integrations. CSS provides a fully managed security program; purpose built on integrations to protect your environment and meet CMMC v2.0 compliance.

Our packages include compliant security hardware, software, FedRAMP approved cloud, 24/7/365 monitoring and help desk, cybersecurity training, and policies/procedures that are built around your business’ implementation. We don’t stop there; we continue to collect logs, monitor your network, and adjust the on-going training and policy updates as government requirements evolve. Lastly, we track your progress the entire way with our live CMMC Dashboard, allowing your management team to watch the magic happen. Our live dashboard is linked to your policies and stores artifacts in prep for your C3PAO assessment.

Single Vendor Approach

There is no longer a need to hire multiple vendors, consultants, or purchase security equipment from several sources. Our team is your partner for your entire CMMC implementation. 

Known Monthly Pricing

Our pricing model is simple, you only pay for the devices that CSS protects and monitors. No more surprises when it comes to pricing, just one known monthly cost for the duration of your contract.

Timely Onboarding

Our team will onboard your organization within the new 180-day POA&M time-frame released in CMMC v2.0. While you handle your normal business operations, we focus on your security and compliance.

Step 2:
Information Gathering


During this phase our team will clarify all of the Applications & Licenses currently being used.

We will also review your Policy Checklist to highlight the additional policies and procedures that are scheduled for development and review.

Our team will start collecting and reviewing logs, as our “Listening Mode” is important to verify any current vulnerabilities and gaps are identified and mitigated.

This step is vital in understanding your current environment, so that CSS technicians can begin posturing new equipment.

Step 3:
Internal Coordination & Review


Your Onboarding Coordinator will now start to coordinate the dates for your onsite install.

During this phase we will begin to coordinate with any other Vendors/Internet Service Providers leading up to the onsite install.

Our Compliance Team will begin sending over initial drafts of your new Policies and Procedures for review and approval.

This phase is key to preparing for a successful onsite install when the time comes.

Step 4:
Policy Review & Equipment Forecast


This phase will get a little bit more busy for your internal team, as each policy needs to be reviewed for understanding and proper alignment with business functions.

As our team continues to prepare for the onsite install we will forecast sub-optimal devices.

This will provide your leadership team with an understanding of any potential devices that we recommend replacing that are near end of life.

Step 5:
Onsite Install & Portal Training


All of the preparation in the previous steps has prepared us for this moment, it’s now time for the onsite install.

Our technicians conduct one final backup prior to reimaging all network devices.

Our installations typically occur on weekends to ensure that we do not impact daily operations.

Our technicians will be by your side for the first day that your team returns to office to ensure that we can answer any questions or address any potential issues quickly.

Step 6:
Local Fixes & Policy Maturity


Our onsite and remote teams work together during this phase to ensure all devices can be accessed/maintained by our Help Desk team.

By this time CSS should start receiving comments back from the Policy and Procedure review that was conducted by your team.

Our Compliance Team will schedule a call to go over any areas of concern that we notice in the comments submitted by your team.

Once all change requests are confirmed, our Compliance Team will  develop the final version of Policies and Procedures for approval.

Step 7:
Finalize Policies & Dashboard


During this phase our Compliance Team will deliver your team the final version of your Policies and Procedures set.

We will also be reviewing your CMMC Compliance Dashboard to identify any remaining actions needed.

In the final review of your CMMC Compliance Dashboard we will ensure that all artifacts are prepared for your C3PAO assessment.

Step 8:
Security Training & Dashboard Overview


Your team is now ready to start taking your security training modules.

Your Onboarding Coordinator will grant your team access to each training model required for CMMC compliance.

Security Awareness, Insider Threat, and Role Based User Access training will be completed on an annual basis for every employee.

We will also complete an overview of the CMMC Compliance Dashboard and schedule your Quarterly Review.

Step 9:
Onboarding Review & Transition


Finally, we made it to the last step of our Onboarding Process.

Your Onboarding Coordinator will introduce you to your Account Manager, and your future interactions will be with our Operations Team.

Although the implementation is complete, CMMC is a maturity model and your organization will need to continue to adapt to the new security culture.

Don’t worry, we will keep you on track with evolving requirements and continue to manage your security and compliance program!

Step 1:
Project Kickoff


Your Onboarding Coordinator will send over a Welcome Email and schedule a Kickoff Call to begin your implementation journey.

We provide our Request for Information (RFI) form to gain a better understanding of your current environment and begin Asset Discovery.

We begin running our Vulnerability Scans, Risk Assessments, and Gap Assessments to assess your environment.

We will also begin to request applicable Security Policies that your organization has previously developed.

Our Process

Our CMMC implementation process at CSS is the ultimate all-inclusive, and personalized experience. Your team will be assigned a personal Onboarding Coordinator who will be by your side along the entire journey. Each week you will get an overview of the work that has been completed, and you will be able to visually see your compliance scores increase on our live CMMC Compliance Dashboard.

Each step of our process is purpose built to ensure your new technology and practices are configured with proper security and compliance in mind. Our team handles the entire process and works with your team to ensure that the new security culture fits your organization.  We have highlighted some of the key steps in our Nine (9) Step Implementation Process as a visual overview. Hover over each step to learn more.

Services Included
In our cMMC Compliance Package.

Click on any of the 30 services below to read more about what we provide as a part of our turn-key CMMC implementation packages:

We provide your full security hardware infrastructure through our Cyber Threat Compliance (CTC) platform. Our CTC includes everything from a compliant Firewall, IPS/IDS, Forward/Reverse Proxy, SIEM, and more. 

Our Secure Vault platform offers a full cloud, filesharing, and collaboration tool located in our FedRAMP approved cloud environment.  Our hybrid approach ensures maximum business uptime. 

We develop your set of CMMC policies and procedures, reinforcing your organization’s security and compliance programs. We maintain them as requirements evolve, allowing you to focus on growing  your business. 

Our Compliance Dashboard provides leadership with a clear understanding of where your organization is along the compliance journey. Our documentation and reporting tools make C3PAO assessments a breeze. 

Our team of expert Security Analyst are monitoring your corporate network around the clock to stop cybercriminals from infiltrating  your network. CSS handle's all of the logging and reporting for you. 

Can't connect to the printer? Email is down? Our experienced Help Desk team not only responds to client reported issues, but we often take care of issues before your team even notices.

We offer Security Awareness, Insider Threat, and Role Based User Access annual training modules to keep your team up to speed and within compliance. We also conduct phishing campaigns to keep your team ready. 

Our Firewall as a Service provides the first layer of defense against all attacks. We handle the licensing, management, and security of our proprietary CTC platform where the firewall resides.

Our SIEM continuously monitors and acts upon real-time security information from virtually any source.  We aggregate data from across your entire network, and analyze this data together to limit false-positives.

We provide all users with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to ensure that the process of signing into your corporate systems is secure. We add in the benefit of Single Sign-On (SSO) to simplify your daily workflow. 

We complete a full compliance assessment of your organization to measure gaps in NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC requirements. Results are imported into our Compliance Dashboard for live progress tracking. 

The worst type of risks are the ones that have yet to be
identified/addressed. We work with you to understand the current state of your security posture and explain the business or financial impact of associated risks. 

Our Exposure Assessment monitors external communications to your infrastructure and compares the detected communications and attempted attacks with vulnerabilities detected in our Vulnerability Scan.

Our vulnerability scan illuminates the unknown. We leave no stone left unturned; this scan enables the detection of devices, services, and vulnerabilities that were running without the knowledge of your team. 

Our secure storage solution is security enforced, SOC monitored, and Disaster Recovery supported. Our team will perform automated synchronization through scheduled or continuous backups, that fit your needs.

Our Secure Backup service provides desktops with a means of file protection from natural disaster and ransomware. We ensure that your company's most important types of files are not lost in an incident.

Our Email Filtering ensures everyone operates in a secure/compliant manner. We protect you from malware and spam, as well as advanced threats like targeted spear phishing and ransomware.

Our Web Security service can be used to limit use of certain websites or block them entirely on corporate networks. This adds a layer of defense to your data by preventing the clicking of known malicious links.

Our Data Encryption service provides necessary device level data protection for security and compliance. We ensure your data remains secure and reduce the change of interception by unauthorized viewers.

Patching is a standard and well known requirement that many IT companies offer for an additional fee. We don't charge anything extra to provide this necessity since it's a compliance requirement and good practice.

Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware from CSS will always ensure that the latest attack prevention methods are in place on all endpoints, while managing any and all vendors required to provide the security.

Our VPN solution enables company owned devices to access internal network services from remote locations. A trustworthy VPN will secure and encrypt your internet, keeping data safe from malicious eyes.

Our Disaster Recovery service provides a means of file restoral and services on protected servers. We provide a complete service restoral in our cloud in as little as 4 hours, even if complete server  hardware loss occurs.

Incident Response provides a team of experts in response to cyber incidents as required by regulatory compliance. We quickly determine the source, cause and extent of a breach, to include proper reporting. 

Every incident is investigated and categorized, executed, and notified; all while being tracked using our After Actions Reports. Our After Actions Report is used to prove compliance requirements. 

Our Reporting Platform enables decision makers to  to help make cost saving decisions. Managers can prioritize replacement of the most troublesome equipment and increase workforce productivity.

Data Destruction is required for compliant disposal of assets that once held CUI. We ensure that your data storage assets are properly wiped using standards that meet or exceed your regulatory compliance needs.

Our Remote Workforce Tool allows employees to work securely from anywhere as if they were sitting at their desk. This provides the most secure means of accessing devices from anywhere in the world.

Our Secure Chat provides employees in the office, or working remote through web application or phone app, to chat in a secure and compliant manner. Chat is a client favorite for direct and team communications. 

Our team installs Microsoft Office and provides licenses to every endpoint that we protect. Everyone is familiar with Microsoft products, which is why we provide cost savings for a tool you use the most.

NIST SP 800-171
Compliance Requirements.

Here is a look at the NIST SP 800-171 Rev 2 compliance requirements. Click on any of the 14 domains to view individual controls:

     3.1.1 Limit information system access to authorized users, processes acting on behalf of authorized users, or devices (including other information systems).

     3.1.2 Limit information system access to the types of transactions and functions that authorized users are permitted to execute.

     3.1.3 Control the flow of CUI in accordance with approved authorizations.

     3.1.4 Separate the duties of individuals to reduce the risk of malevolent activity without collusion.

     3.1.5 Employ the principle of least privilege, including for specific security functions and privileged accounts.

     3.1.6 Use non-privileged accounts or roles when accessing nonsecurity functions.

     3.1.7 Prevent non-privileged users from executing privileged functions and audit the execution of such functions.

     3.1.8 Limit unsuccessful logon attempts.

     3.1.9 Provide privacy and security notices consistent with applicable CUI rules.

     3.1.10 Use session lock with pattern-hiding displays to prevent access/viewing of data after period of inactivity.

     3.1.11 Terminate (automatically) a user session after a defined condition.

     3.1.12 Monitor and control remote access sessions.

     3.1.13 Employ cryptographic mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of remote access sessions.

     3.1.14 Route remote access via managed access control points.

     3.1.15 Authorize remote execution of privileged commands and remote access to security-relevant information.

     3.1.16 Authorize wireless access prior to allowing such connections.

     3.1.17 Protect wireless access using authentication and encryption.

     3.1.18 Control connection of mobile devices.

     3.1.19 Encrypt CUI on mobile devices and mobile computing platforms.

     3.1.20 Verify and control/limit connections to and use of external systems.

     3.1.21 Limit use of portable storage devices on external systems.

     3.1.22 Control CUI posted or processed on publicly accessible systems.

     3.2.1 Ensure that managers, systems administrators, and users of organizational information systems are made aware of the security risks associated with their activities and of the applicable policies, standards, and procedures related to the security of organizational information systems.

     3.2.2 Ensure that organizational personnel are adequately trained to carry out their assigned information security-related duties and responsibilities.

     3.2.3 Provide security awareness training on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of insider threat.

     3.3.1 Create, protect, and retain information system audit records to the extent needed to enable the monitoring, analysis, investigation, and reporting of unlawful, unauthorized, or inappropriate information system activity.

     3.3.2 Ensure that the actions of individual information system users can be uniquely traced to those users so they can be held accountable for their actions.

     3.3.3 Review and update audited events.

     3.3.4 Alert in the event of an audit process failure.

     3.3.5 Correlate audit review, analysis, and reporting processes for investigation and response to indications of inappropriate, suspicious, or unusual activity.

     3.3.6 Provide audit reduction and report generation to support on-demand analysis and reporting.

     3.3.7 Provide an information system capability that compares and synchronizes internal system clocks with an authoritative source to generate time stamps for audit records.

     3.3.8 Protect audit information and audit tools from unauthorized access, modification, and deletion.

     3.3.9 Limit management of audit functionality to a subset of privileged users.

     3.4.1 Establish and maintain baseline configurations and inventories of organizational information systems (including hardware, software, firmware, and documentation) throughout the respective system development life cycles.

     3.4.2 Establish and enforce security configuration settings for information technology products employed in organizational information systems.

     3.4.3 Track, review, approve/disapprove, and audit changes to information systems.

     3.4.4 Analyze the security impact of changes prior to implementation.

     3.4.5 Define, document, approve, and enforce physical and logical access restrictions associated with changes to the information system.

     3.4.6 Employ the principle of least functionality by configuring the information system to provide only essential capabilities.

     3.4.7 Restrict, disable, and prevent the use of nonessential programs, functions, ports, protocols, and services.

     3.4.8 Apply deny-by-exception (blacklist) policy to prevent the use of unauthorized software or deny-all, permit-by-exception (whitelisting) policy to allow the execution of authorized software.

     3.4.9 Control and monitor user-installed software

     3.5.1 Identify information system users, processes acting on behalf of users, or devices.

     3.5.2 Authenticate (or verify) the identities of those users, processes, or devices, as a prerequisite to allowing access to organizational information systems.

     3.5.3 Use multifactor authentication for local and network access to privileged accounts and for network access to non-privileged accounts.

     3.5.4 Employ replay-resistant authentication mechanisms for network access to privileged and non-privileged accounts.

     3.5.5 Prevent reuse of identifiers for a defined period.

     3.5.6 Disable identifiers after a defined period of inactivity.

     3.5.7 Enforce a minimum password complexity and change of characters when new passwords are created.

     3.5.8 Prohibit password reuse for a specified number of generations.

     3.5.9 Allow temporary password use for system logons with an immediate change to a permanent password.

     3.5.10 Store and transmit only encrypted representation of passwords.

     3.5.11 Obscure feedback of authentication information.

     3.6.1 Establish an operational incident-handling capability for organizational information systems that includes adequate preparation, detection, analysis, containment, recovery, and user response activities.

     3.6.2 Track, document, and report incidents to appropriate officials and/or authorities both internal and external to the organization.

     3.6.3 Test the organizational incident response capability.

     3.7.1 Perform maintenance on organizational information systems.

     3.7.2 Provide effective controls on the tools, techniques, mechanisms, and personnel used to conduct information system maintenance.

     3.7.3 Ensure equipment removed for off-site maintenance is sanitized of any CUI.

     3.7.4 Check media containing diagnostic and test programs for malicious code before the media are used in the information system.

     3.7.5 Require multifactor authentication to establish nonlocal maintenance sessions via external network connections and terminate such connections when nonlocal maintenance is complete.

     3.7.6 Supervise the maintenance activities of maintenance personnel without required access authorization.

     3.8.1 Protect (i.e., physically control and securely store) information system media containing CUI, both paper and digital.

     3.8.2 Limit access to CUI on information system media to authorized users.

     3.8.3 Sanitize or destroy information system media containing CUI before disposal or release for reuse.

     3.8.4 Mark media with necessary CUI markings and distribution limitations.

     3.8.5 Control access to media containing CUI and maintain accountability for media during transport outside of controlled areas.

     3.8.6 Implement cryptographic mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of CUI stored on digital media during transport unless otherwise protected by alternative physical safeguards.

     3.8.7 Control the use of removable media on information system components.

     3.8.8 Prohibit the use of portable storage devices when such devices have no identifiable owner.

     3.8.9 Protect the confidentiality of backup CUI at storage locations.

     3.9.1 Screen individuals prior to authorizing access to information systems containing CUI.

     3.9.2 Ensure that CUI and information systems containing CUI are protected during and after personnel actions such as terminations and transfers.

     3.10.1 Limit physical access to organizational information systems, equipment, and the respective operating environments to authorized individuals.

     3.10.2 Protect and monitor the physical facility and support infrastructure for those information systems.

     3.10.3 Escort visitors and monitor visitor activity.

     3.10.4 Maintain audit logs of physical access.

     3.10.5 Control and manage physical access devices.

     3.10.6 Enforce safeguarding measures for CUI at alternate work sites (e.g., telework sites).

     3.11.1 Periodically assess the risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, and individuals, resulting from the operation of organizational information systems and the associated processing, storage, or transmission of CUI.

     3.11.2 Scan for vulnerabilities in the information system and applications periodically and when new vulnerabilities affecting the system are identified.

     3.11.3 Remediate vulnerabilities in accordance with assessments of risk.

     3.12.1 Periodically assess the security controls in organizational information systems to determine if the controls are effective in their application.

     3.12.2 Develop and implement plans of action designed to correct deficiencies and reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities in organizational information systems.

     3.12.3 Monitor information system security controls on an ongoing basis to ensure the continued effectiveness of the controls.

     3.12.4 Develop, document, and periodically update system security plans that describe system boundaries, system environments of operation, how security requirements are implemented, and the relationships with or connections to other systems.

     3.13.1 Monitor, control, and protect organizational communications (i.e., information transmitted or received by organizational information systems) at the external boundaries and key internal boundaries of the information systems.

     3.13.2 Employ architectural designs, software development techniques, and systems engineering principles that promote effective information security within organizational information systems.

     3.13.3 Separate user functionality from information system management functionality.

     3.13.4 Prevent unauthorized and unintended information transfer via shared system resources.

     3.13.5 Implement subnetworks for publicly accessible system components that are physically or logically separated from internal networks.

     3.13.6 Deny network communications traffic by default and allow network communications traffic by exception (i.e., deny all, permit by exception).

     3.13.7 Prevent remote devices from simultaneously establishing non-remote connections with the information system and communicating via some other connection to resources in external networks.

     3.13.8 Implement cryptographic mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosure of CUI during transmission unless otherwise protected by alternative physical safeguards.

     3.13.9 Terminate network connections associated with communications sessions at the end of the sessions or after a defined period of inactivity.

     3.13.10 Establish and manage cryptographic keys for cryptography employed in the information system.

     3.13.11 Employ FIPS-validated cryptography when used to protect the confidentiality of CUI.

     3.13.12 Prohibit remote activation of collaborative computing devices and provide indication of devices in use to users present at the device.

     3.13.13 Control and monitor the use of mobile code.

     3.13.14 Control and monitor the use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies.

     3.14.1 Identify, report, and correct information and information system flaws in a timely manner.

     3.14.2 Provide protection from malicious code at appropriate locations within organizational information systems.

     3.14.3 Monitor information system security alerts and advisories and take appropriate actions in response.

     3.14.4 Update malicious code protection mechanisms when new releases are available.

     3.14.5 Perform periodic scans of the information system and real-time scans of files from external sources as files are downloaded, opened, or executed.

     3.14.6 Monitor the information system including inbound and outbound communications traffic, to detect attacks and indicators of potential attacks.

     3.14.7 Identify unauthorized use of the information system.

Additional Resources

Our team has put together a list of resources and helpful links to provide a deeper understanding as you embark upon your CMMC journey. Click on the links to download some of our additional materials or visit the applicable website to learn more. You can also click below to talk to one of our experienced team members to hear more about our packaged offerings.

Resource Title

Attribution

Resource Link

CMMC - 30 Things Included

Cyber Security Solutions

DFARS - Assessment Process

Cyber Security Solutions

The Cyber AB

The Cyber AB

FAR 52.204-21

General Services Administration

NIST SP 800-171 Rev 2

NIST/US Department of Commerce

CUI Categories

US National Archives