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CMMC Kickstart: A Practical Guide to Getting Ready for CMMC

Identify the key elements and potential impacts of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.



The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), managed by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB), is a Department of Defense (DoD) program through which an organization's cybersecurity program is measured by their initial and ongoing compliance with applicable cybersecurity practices as well as their integration of corresponding policies and plans into their overall business operations. By Fiscal Year 2026, all organizations providing products or services to the U.S. DoD must obtain at least a Maturity Level 1 certification under this program. This course will help you and your organization understand and plan for the impact of CMMC.


Who Should Attend?


This course provides an introductory overview of the CMMC program for organizational decision makers. Business and IT leaders and IT staff might consider taking this course to learn about the CMMC Model to get a sense of what's required for a successful assessment, and the various ways they can start preparing.




All you need to ensure your success in this course is an interest in the CMMC program and how it might impact your organization.

About This Course


In this course, you will identify the key elements and potential impacts of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. You will:

  • Identify the crucial elements that are driving the CMMC initiative.
  • Describe the architecture of the CMMC Model and the rationale behind it.
  • Use the Assessment Guides to prepare your organization for a successful CMMC assessment.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities in the CMMC ecosystem and during an Assessment.


Course Content

Lesson 1: Identifying What's at Stake

Topic A: Identify the Threats and Regulatory Responses

  • Identify the threats to the Defense Industrial Base and the established regulations that protect the defense supply chain.

Topic B: Identify Sensitive Information

  • Identify the main categories of sensitive information--FCI and CUI.

Lesson 2: Describing the CMMC Program

Topic A: Describe the Rationale for CMMC

  • Describe why the CMMC program was created.

Topic B: Describe the CMMC Model Architecture

  • Describe the components of the CMMC Model.

Lesson 3: Getting Ready for a CMMC Assessment

Topic A: Scope Your Environment

  • Identify the people, systems and processes in your environment that will be evaluated in a CMMC assessment.

Topic B: Analyze the CMMC Assessment Guides

  • Analyze the Assessment Guides to be able to align your practices and processes to the CMMC requirements.

Topic C: Evaluate Your Readiness

  • Explore methods of validating your compliance with the CMMC requirements.

Lesson 4: Interacting with the CMMC Ecosystem

Topic A: Identify the CMMC Ecosystem

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the organizations and individuals involved in the CMMC program.

Topic B: Describe a CMMC Assessment

  • Describe the interactions between your organization and the assessor during a CMMC assessment.

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