How to Automate the CMMC Assessment Process

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) has multiple levels, each with its own set of cybersecurity practices and processes. Depending on the contract requirements, organizations need to comply with specific CMMC levels. Doing so is often time-consuming and resource-intensive, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of an automated CMMC assessment tool. Automating assessment processes means you can continuously assess your security posture to maintain CMMC compliance and protect your organization, and do it at scale.

Embracing Automation in the CMMC Assessment Process

Innovative organizations are shifting from traditional, manual assessments to automated processes in order to streamline operations and maintain compliance. The benefits of using an automated CMMC assessment solution include:

  • Continuous assessment of actual performance without disruption to normal activities
  • Consistency and standardization, reducing human errors or subjective analysis
  • Comprehensive coverage to uncover compliance issues and performance gaps
  • Automated so assessments can be completed quickly
  • Scalable to can accommodate any size organization

The right automated CMMC assessment solution can significantly reduce costs versus manual assessments. 

Dramatic Profit Increase! SightGain lets you complete assessments 4-12X faster and with 25-50% fewer people

Executing Automated CMMC Assessments

There are three primary steps organizations must take to assess CMMC readiness:

  1. Analysis of existing controls 
  2. Testing CMMC practices by domain or level
  3. Generating a report and plan to mitigate gaps identified during the assessment

These three steps help prepare you for audit and certification from third-party auditors. Not only will automation simplify compliance, but it also help adds a layer of protection to increase security.

Transforming Data into Compliance and Action

Robust automated assessment platforms provide the granular insights you need for detailed compliance reporting. With data in hand, organizations are empowered to address performance gaps and risks faster and more accurately than traditional checklist-based assessments can offer.

The best automated assessment and threat exposure management solution will monitor compliance in real-time, identify potential risks, and prioritize these risks for mitigation.

The Future of CMMC Assessments

While CMMC assessments help organizations maintain compliance for government contracts, the overarching goal of any cybersecurity team is protecting sensitive data.

Cybercriminals are constantly evolving tactics and leveraging emerging technology to thwart defenses. The rapid rise of AI and Generative AI has created new threats and organizations in the DoD supply chain are prime targets. As attacks evolve and become ever-more sophisticated, proactive, continuous, and automated assessments are crucial to keeping your organization secure.

Using SightGain to Automate CMMC Assessments

Checking controls is still done mostly by hand in many organizations. This makes certification extremely time-consuming and it’s easy to miss key security performance gaps. SightGain’s Threat Exposure Management Platform automatically executes continuous compliance monitoring, mapping against CMMC, and other frameworks such as NIST 800-53, ISO 27001, MITRE ATT&CK, and zero-trust.Contact SightGain today for a demo.