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DGC, one of the largest regional accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the northeast, announced today that it is now cleared by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC AB) as a Certified 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). C3PAOs are the only organizations that can perform assessments and certifications of defense contractors for the CMMC.
Companies seeking to continue to do business in the defense supply chain will be required to obtain CMMC certification when specified in solicitations to take award of future work. CMMC is a U.S. Department of Defense standard designed to protect federal contract information (FCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI) throughout the defense industrial base.
"Having worked with defense contractors since the introduction of the DFARS 252.204-7012 clause in 2015, we've seen firsthand the evolution of the requirements and the impact on our clients of the cybersecurity requirements," said Nick DeLena, Principal and leader of DGC's IT Risk Assurance & Advisory practice. "We've worked with companies from all industries in the supply chain over the years, from large prime contractors to small, multi-generational family businesses. We understand how organizations of all sizes and with varying resource constraints must interpret and apply the requirements to achieve compliance with the standard."
Working with the defense supply chain is in Nick’s DNA. His grandfathers were both combat veterans in World War II and Korea, and spent their entire careers in defense. Nick’s father is a Vietnam-era veteran and other family members are on active duty. Nick is on the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) New England Chapter. Nick combines his over 20-years of experience in IT Risk with his passion for the defense sector. The ultimate mission of the CMMC certification is to secure the supply chain, to ensure that the U.S. maintains its strategic and technological advantage. But the most important aspect of this mission is to provide a level of assurance that the tools and technologies we're putting in combat theatres are secure and will serve to protect the warfighter.
If you have questions about the requirements, timetables, what is needed to comply or want to discuss any aspect of CMMC, contact Nick DeLena, CISSP, CISA, CRISC, CDPSE at 781-937-5191 / email@example.com.