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CMMC, Cybersecurity, & CNC Precision Machining – What is CMMC Compliance?

In recent years, cybersecurity has become a significant concern for nearly every company. In 2021 alone, there have been several high-profile cybersecurity attacks that resulted in various problems for companies including financial losses and unplanned shutdowns. The manufacturing sector in particular is under an increasing threat of cyber-related risks and attacks. For this reason, the Department of Defense (DoD) recently rolled out a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.


What is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification?


Companies that manufacture defense-related products for the DoD, including machine and fabrication shops, are referred to as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). For example, Stanley Machining has proudly served the defense markets for over 40 years, working directly with the U.S government, and for this reason would be considered part of the DIB.


The aim of the CMMC program is to evaluate and enhance the cybersecurity of the DIB sector in an effort to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) – safeguarding the country’s defense secrets and protecting U.S. economic and national security.


CMMC protocols expand on the existing security standards within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171. One key element of the CMMC program that differs from the NIST standards is that a company’s cybersecurity evaluations can no longer be self-assessments, but must be performed by a third party. The organization that oversees the security assessments is called Third Party Assessment Organizations, or C3PAOs.


Version 1.0 of CMMC was published in January 2020. Some pilots of the CMMC program are underway and rollout will ramp up significantly in 2022, with full implemented expected by 2025.


Stanley Machining has proudly served the defense markets for over 40 years, working directly with the U.S Government as well as with Tier 1 suppliers.


How is CMMC Related to CNC Precision Machining?


CNC precision machining shops, like Stanley Machining, may not seem like a big target for cybersecurity attacks. However, CUI is defined as information the DoD owns or that is created by an entity on behalf of the DoD. Based on this definition, many machine and fabrication shops are at the heart of the DIB. For example, manufacturers, including CNC precision machine shops, are responsible for fabricating a myriad of products for the DoD including parts and subassemblies for satellites, missiles, and military airplanes and helicopters. It is crucial that machine and fabrication shops understand that CMMC compliance is required to remain in the DoD supply chain.


How do Machine Shops Become CMMC Compliant?


Manufacturers within the DIB should work with a C3PAO to ensure the proper cybersecurity assessment is performed. There are 5 levels within the CMMC framework and manufacturers will be assessed based on data sensitivity: the more sensitive the data that a manufacturer houses, the more cybersecurity measures required. For example, machine shops at Level 1 require basic cybersecurity protection whereas those at Level 5 require more rigorous cybersecurity practices be in place. As a general rule of thumb, prime DoD contractors are levels 4, 5, and 6, and subcontractors that machine parts and subassemblies are typically level 2 or 3.


After the conclusion of the assessment, a formal report will be issued by the C3PAO. If there are no gaps in cybersecurity, the certification will be issued to the manufacturer. A CMMC certification should be valid for 3 years.


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About Stanley Machining


Since 1966 Stanley Machining has been proudly providing unsurpassed, multi-industry contract manufacturing solutions to world renowned OEM's and government entities. As a global leader in precision CNC machining, we continue to provide unsurpassed expertise and value as a true partner with our customers. OEMs rely on our superior expertise and machining processes to enable them to maintain a competitive edge. We serve commercial and industrial sectors across a range of markets including defense, power, aerospace, and oil & gas.


We take pride in our quality assurance program and we are ISO 9001:2015 certified. We continuously re-invest in state-of-the-art equipment and highest caliber quality professionals. Stanley is a women-owned small business with over 125 employees and 200 pieces of CNC equipment under 400,000 sq. ft. in two locations.


Stanley Machining offers a wide array of machining centers to meet our customer needs. Our size and breadth allow us to offer a wide range of capabilities from small to large format production components. Stanley's wide range of equipment produces the most high-quality and close tolerance cutting edge components, including non-symmetric work pieces.


Contact us today to see how we can help with your next CNC precision machining project, or give us a call at 847-426-4560.

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