Make sure you understand your own objectives, constraints, and non-negotiable before searching out a CMMC solution consultant. Someone will find it much easier to sell you something that does not meet your organization’s requirements.
It’d be like going to a car shop and purchasing a sports vehicle when you really needed a minibus with enough seats for three kids and just enough trunk room for their never-ending collection of “stuff.”
The automobile looks good, but it doesn’t perform what you need it to accomplish, so you’re kicking yourself for spending twice as much as you could have.
What is the most effective strategy to prevent this from happening? Consider the following suggestions:
- Recognize Your Requirements
Consider what sort of automobile you require and what is practicable for you, using the car showroom as an example.
In the case of CMMC, your needs might range from having a second pair of eyes go over the work you’ve previously done to fully managing your efforts to become and stay compliant.
You should also be clear on what degree of CMMC adherence you want to attain.
CMMC Consultant Qualities to Look For
Once you start meeting with potential CMMC consultants and analyzing bids, there are a lot of things to consider. The following are some of the most important attributes to look for in a CMMC consultant:
- Previous Results
Everyone has to start somehow, and any company owner knows how difficult it can be to get that first client. Compliance with CMMC, on the other hand, is critical for your company’s future capacity to conduct business with the Department of Defense. It may not be the greatest time or use case to engage an unproven resource, and relying on a company with no track record of effectively delivering services is a dangerous proposition.
- Years in the Industry
Because CMMC compliance requirements are relatively new effort, few businesses will have a long history of providing CMMC services. However, hundreds of organizations have sprung out of nowhere in the last year, claiming to offer CMMC compliance services.
Companies having expertise doing independent IT evaluations and/or security control audits, as well as specialized familiarity with NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, and/or FedRAMP, should be considered.
- Best Interests in Mind
While both sides should benefit from a commercial partnership, each should also consider the interests of the other. A qualified CMMC expert will be concerned with not just meeting your needs but doing it in a cost-effective method as well.
Even if a possible relationship does not come out, they should be pleased that you were able to choose a provider who best fulfills your requirements. If working together isn’t a good fit, they may be able to give references or assist you in finding another service.
While it is crucial to preserve intellectual property and creative ideas in a competitive context, there should be some degree of honesty amongst parties to a reciprocal commercial transaction.
Advisors should be open and honest about their conflicts of interest, limits, skills, fees, and solutions to meet your needs. When it comes to your requirements, motives, budget, objectives, and worries, you should be open and honest with the potential CMMC consultant.