Whether you sell intangible services or physical products, your business has a supply chain specialized to fit your business’s needs. Your supply chain is a network of relationships and processes between your business and it’s suppliers that exist in order to create your finished product or service. These networks and processes include a variety of crucial activities, people, entities, information, and resources. All of these assets must be protected. In an effort to advance supply chain security, CMMC has set forth standards for DoD contractors and suppliers must comply with in order to participate in future DoD acquisitions. Based on the service or product delivery, CMMC rating levels may vary. It is important to remain cognizant of how other parties in your supply chain handle their own security. In the federal marketplace, this means that the Prime contractor and all subcontractors within that contract must all be CMMC compliant.
To prepare, you should ask yourself, are the firms within your supply chain taking steps to fulfill their CMMC requirements? If not, now is the time to start the conversation. You are only as secure as the other members of your supply chain. A gap in compliance in your supply chain could lead to mishandled information, increased risk, and vulnerability to cyber-attacks or hacks. Protect your business and take a closer look at your supply chain today!