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6 Steps to Maximize ROI on CMMC/NIST 800-171 Compliance

Updated: May 10

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Learn six ways you can maximize ROI with your CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance.

1. Scope Validation

Identify where protected data -- Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) -- resides in your network/operations (physical/digital).

Accurate identification will drive associated compliance objectives.

2. Confirm Compliance Perimeter and Boundaries

CMMC control requirements are specific to the systems that store, process, and transmit protected data (FCI/CUI).

Verify covered networked assets in order to determine compliance footprint and the scale of the associated control objectives.

3. Identify Consolidation Opportunities

Minimizing covered network assets will serve to reduce the required control environment and alleviate compliance overhead.

Qualifying alternatives for logical/physical controls boundaries will drive a cost-effective remediation plan.

4. Forecast Growth Objectives

Organizations Seeking Compliance (OSCs) would be well served to forecast infrastructure upgrades that are planned to support growth objectives.

Complying with current state control requirements while understanding change management drivers will deliver an effective cost/benefit calculation.

5. Baseline Control Environment

Determining a current state compliance footprint will identify areas of need and drive budget requirements.

Understanding control dependencies for non-compliant and/or partial compliant findings will factor into determining how and where to implement compensating controls.

6. Prioritize Remediation Plan

Determine a remediation plan that accounts for resource implications (time, labor, cost) and prioritize specific remediations that can have a multiplier effect by satisfying more than one control objective.

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