Find an auditor
Going through an audit can be a nerve-racking process. When it comes to CMMC, the one thing you have to remember is that the audit must be led by authorized and accredited assessors, known as C3PAOs. There are not many C3PAOs, which means that finding time on a C3PAO’s schedule can be a lengthy process. If you are interested in finding whether a third-party assessor is C3PAO, check out the CMMCAB.org directory..
There are a few things you should consider when selecting an auditor:
- Accreditation: Ensure that your auditor is an authorized and accredited assessors C3PAOs
- Find a reputable firm. It doesn’t have to be a brand-name firm like KPMG; one with a good reputation will suffice. If you need guidance in this area, we’re happy to provide some recommendations using this list of audit partners
- Experience matters. An auditor with more experience is likely to have a better and more thorough understanding of CMMC, how to evaluate controls against your organization, and the best practices that apply.
- Auditors are like snowflakes; no two are alike. It’s important that your auditor understands your business, so they can expertly assess if there are any gaps or deficiencies.
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