Pondurance announced that it was recently approved as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). This recognition allows Pondurance to provide consulting services to defense contractors and suppliers seeking to comply with CMMC cybersecurity standards and prepare for their CMMC audits.
In January 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the new certification program to strengthen cybersecurity throughout its 300,000-contractor supply chain, also known as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). The CMMC standard offers five cybersecurity certification levels, ranging from Basic to Advanced, and encompasses 17 domains, 171 practices, 43 capabilities and a variety of regulatory requirements.
All contractors must initially meet the Basic certification requirements in order to bid on select DoD contracts. Ultimately, they must successfully achieve the appropriate level of certification for their organization in order to bid on any DoD contract. All DoD contracts will require certification under CMMC regulations by Oct. 1, 2025.
“Pondurance is thrilled to receive the Registered Provider Organization status from the CMMC-AB and be listed on the CMMC Marketplace,” said Doug Howard, CEO of Pondurance. “After working with NIST frameworks, CSF and other regulator drivers such as 800-171 and DFARS, Pondurance’s team of cybersecurity experts is well positioned to help organizations meet ongoing compliance requirements and guide those seeking CMMC certification.”