Understanding CMMC

What Is CMMC?

Department of Defense (DoD) contractors that need to be compliant with NIST 800-171 can no longer self-attest— they must be certified.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requires a third-party assessor to prove compliance with all necessary controls. All Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors must comply with CMMC to be considered for bids on contracts.

Latitude helps you coordinate, monitor, and carefully control the compliance process. We identify gaps, remediate them, and provide audit support. Through our consistent, tried-and-true process, we empower you to protect sensitive data and continue your work with the DoD.

CMMC Ecosystem

CMMC requires DoD contractors to implement basic security controls. The Cyber AB administers the compliance program on behalf of the DoD. That means if you’re a vendor with the DIB and must be CMMC compliant, Cyber AB conducts the audit for the certification.

Latitude is a Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) with Cyber AB. We are certified to perform a gap assessment to identify areas of non-compliance within a program and help companies comply with CMMC to pass the audit. Our registered practitioners help you determine what you need to do to gain CMMC compliance.

What Does The Journey Look Like?

Companies must engage a CMMC RPO to figure out how to set up a program. While Latitude is not a CMMC assessor, we are a certified RPO, and our registered practitioners have years of experience conducting audits. We streamline your process for preparing for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Latitude does the gap assessment, builds a compliance program, and then supports you through the compliance process with a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (also known as a C3PAO). With our efficient process and experienced team, we help you gain compliance within your budget and deadline.

When Do I Need to Be CMMC Certified?

CMMC compliance is mandatory now. You must be compliant before you are able to bid on any DoD contracts. Since the compliance process can take some time, it’s essential to get started as soon as possible.

Can the Same Company That Does My Readiness Work Also Be My Auditor?

No. There has to be a segregation between the RPO and C3PAO.

What Is the Role of a Cyber AB in the CMMC Compliance Process?

Cyber AB is the official accreditation body of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. They are the only authorized partner of the DoD in implementing and overseeing the CMMC. Cyber AB accredits C3PAOs to perform audits for CMMC.

How Is a CMMC RPO Different From a C3PAO?

A Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) actually performs the audit whereas a Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) like Latitude helps you prepare for the audit. The C3PAO must be different from the RPO for integrity purposes.

How Long Does CMMC Compliance Take?

It depends on the size of your organization, the type of information you handle, and what controls you may already have implemented. The process generally takes about a year, but can take up to two years for larger companies.

How Long Is a CMMC Certification Good For?

Generally, certifications are good for three years. Latitude works with you to help implement and maintain the necessary controls for a smooth reassessment process when the time comes.

What’s the Difference Between NIST 800-171 and CMMC?

CMMC takes NIST 800-171 controls a few steps further. Even if you’re compliant with NIST 800-171 standards, you’re not automatically compliant with CMMC. In addition, NIST 800-171 allowed contractors to self-attest compliance, which CMMC does not.

Our Solution

Latitude is a certified CMMC Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO). Our certified registered practitioners are not contractors but Latitude employees who have been doing audits for years to help you successfully prepare for CMMC certification.

Gap Assessment

Gap Assessment

Identify missing controls based on your company and CUI environment.



We take on remediation tasks, and help coordinate the phase as a whole.

Audit Support

Audit Support

Latitude partners with your team for a successful CMMC audit.

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