If you are a small business, you have an area of expertise, and then there are a lot of departments where you just don’t have the manpower or bandwidth to give it adequate consideration.
That is certainly the case when it comes to concerns like payroll, accounting or HR.
Now, consider how significant your records are and how you keep and secure your computer documents and policies. The security of your organization’s data and that of your clients is going to be essential to your survival. One data spill can shutter your doors, ruin your reputation, and cost you staggering fines.
Now more than ever, businesses do not have the luxury of ignoring the implications of inadequate data management and security.
What It Means, and Why
The recent emergence of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) initiative, which effectively builds off of the tenets of the DoD’s existing DFARS 252.204-7012 regulation requiring contractors to at a minimum “self-certify” their implementation of proper security practices, essentially ups the ante for its Defense Industrial Base by now independently verifying that they have the proper controls in place to protect the government’s data before doing business with them.
Translation: If you currently do work for the DoD or plan on doing work with them in the future, from mowing the lawn to handling freight, you have some digital hygiene to do – NOW.
Keep reading this article at: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/commentary/2021/01/what-does-cmmc-really-mean-for-small-businesses/