It’s like an iPhone software update. You don’t necessarily have to opt in, and at first you won’t notice much of a difference if you don’t. But soon, as your apps adapt to the new operating system, you’ll lose access to many features—and you’ll miss out on new ones.
Similarly, CMMC is an update that will have long-term repercussions if you don’t oblige. This upgraded model is a 5-level certification program required for all personnel handling sensitive federal information like Federal Contract Information (FCI) and CUI. Version 1.0 was released on January 31, 2020, and as subsequent versions roll out, more and more opportunities will be at stake. By 2026, the DoD expects all contracts to contain CMMC requirements. Moreover, while right now the CMMC model is only applicable within the DoD, many speculate that it will eventually expand to the Federal sector.
Getting the CMMC helps to ensure your company’s success and longevity. Needless to say, it’s worth the investment.