CMMC Compliance will become a mandatory requirement for Defense Industrial Base from March 2023. In addition, the Department of Defense (DoD) is making a stronger push to ensure CMMC compliance by the DIBs by making changes to the DFARS clause 252.204.7012, and the upcoming rule-making is estimated to be completed by Spring 2023.
Check out our Federal Contractor’s Guide to CMMC 2.0 that answers the most important questions on CMMC Compliance Certification.
Many Defense Contractors realize they must comply with CMMC but are hesitant to take proactive steps due to the cost involved. It is particularly challenging for Small to Medium size Defense Contractors.
If you are a part of the DoD supply chain ecosystem, you must get your CMMC Certification to bid on DoD proposals.
Being a CMMC candidate, getting your CMMC Compliance requires organizational and monetary resources. So, let's understand how different factors affect the cost of CMMC Compliance.
While there is no single measurement standard for CMMC certification cost, it is reasonable to expect to spend between $3,000 and $100,000 to achieve CMMC level 3 certification.
CMMC Certification costs vary based on several factors, including the size of the business, the number of locations, and existing cybersecurity readiness.
The total cost of CMMC certification will also depend on your business's budget. Consider consulting a CMMC compliance expert to determine the best action plan.
The following are the main cost elements that affect the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Compliance.
Although CMMC certification is a new requirement, total cost estimates for small and medium-sized businesses have yet to be precisely defined.
While the cost of CMMC certification is not a fixed number, the expenses incurred for CMMC compliance are allowable costs in your pricing proposal under the DFARS rules.
These costs include the costs associated with the certification audit and CMMC remedial actions. It also provides for the cost of implementing new processes and purchasing security equipment and software. The government has yet to release any specific charges, but the best estimates range between $3000 and $5000.
Working with qualified CMMC security experts will help identify several cost-effective and valuable steps in the CMMC compliance process.
Below is the breakdown to give you some idea of the cost considerations for CMMC Level 2 compliance.
As a DoD contractor, you must take on the responsibility of implementing CMMC. For this reason, it is essential to consult with experts. Also, proper CMMC consulting can help you cut down on the cost of CMMC 2.0.
While choosing your CMMC compliance expert, ensure that the cybersecurity organization you decide to work with is Cyber-AB certified Registered Provider Organization (RPO) or CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO) authorized and has years of experience handling NIST/DFAR Compliance for federal contractors.
You can also seek out Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) that specialize in CMMC compliance. These organizations have a detailed understanding of the control families and know all the CMMC requirements.