Two key NIST SP 800-171 requirements, the System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) are the road maps for implementing CMMC 2.0, so you’ll need your SSP and POAM to be solid.
Your SSP must describe system boundaries, system environments of operation, how security requirements are implemented and connections to other systems. It’s critical that your SSP accurately reflects your actual implementation of the mandated controls.
Your POAM should outline specifically how and when your organization plans to correct any deficiencies and reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities in your systems.
Trust a compliance and implementation expert
Filling the gaps and achieving full compliance with all NIST 800-171/CMMC 2.0 controls are likely to be a full-time effort, particularly if you are using only internal resources. Remember, your people already have day jobs, so set your expectations accordingly.
Often it’s much more efficient — with lower risk of mistakes or omissions — to work with an experienced provider like CyberSheath. Chances are we have implemented all required NIST 800-171 controls for businesses similar in size and focus to yours in a variety of manufacturing, lab and engineering environments.
Faster, simpler implementation: CyberSheath’s Federal Enclave
An enclave is a DOD-approved, cloud-based repository for all DOD project-rated data, including CUI. It’s like a data lockbox that exists in parallel to legacy systems. CyberSheath’s Federal Enclave is a fully compliant, customized solution that can be up and running in as little as four weeks — a faster, simpler and far less expensive solution than bringing an entire legacy infrastructure into compliance.