Rhonda Rummerfield

(5)

The GRC Academy’s CMMC Overview Training is an outstanding course that offers a thorough understanding of cybersecurity requirements for defense contractors. It provides clear explanations of complex regulations like FCI, CUI, CDI, and various DFARS clauses, along with detailed guidance on NIST 800-171 and the FedRAMP program.

The course’s practical approach, with templates and actionable advice for SSPs and POA&Ms, is highly beneficial. Insights into CMMC 2.0 and its implementation process, as well as the roles of the Cyber AB and CAICO, are invaluable. The provided resources and step-by- step instructions are excellent for ensuring compliance and enhancing security measures.

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Chris Abacon

(5)

The CMMC Overview Training course was thoughtfully and expertly put together by Jacob Hill and the GRC Academy team! A truly outstanding and highly professional production! I appreciate the holistic approach, starting with the “why” of CMMC and its interconnection and history with various rules and regulations. As a life-long learner and cybersecurity professional, I’m glad to have discovered this course. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about CMMC!

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Dustin Monroe

(5)

Jacob Hill does an excellent job of breaking down CMMC along with NIST 800 171 for all levels. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn or get a refresher on the coming CMMC certification and what is the best path forward for their company for certification.

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Theresa Johnson

(5)

Great content and wonderful timing! Just started my transition out of the military and Jacob Hill offered this course free to Veterans. Currently in Skillbridge, I am involved in a project focused on CMMC and this course enabled me to get a full overview in just a few hours. I highly recommend this course. Thank you, Jacob!

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Jason Sharp

(5)

Completed GRC Academy’s CMMC Overview Training course last night. Overall, the course provides a great overview of what CUI is and how applicable DFARS clauses play into each other. Don’t let the advertised audience (SMBs) fool you though. Although the course is geared towards SMBs, mid and executive level professionals within large corporations who deal with DoD contracting could benefit from the course as well.

I would recommend this course for those wanting to learn more about CMMC/DFARS/NIST/CUI. Perhaps the course could also be beneficial for those studying for CCP as a review (my case [we will see]). Overall solid information is presented in this fairly short course. Great job in educating the masses on this complex subject.

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Andrew Wilcox

(5)

After beginning to familiarize myself with NIST 800-171, and conducting a few independent assessments in my professional career, this course was fantastic to gather a solid overview and foundational level of knowledge to supplement the reading I was doing.

As the 171 versions continue to change with version numbers, I hope the content of this course evolves with it, or supplements are offered to provide an overview in a course format such as this to understand the most recent versions of all CMMC related requirements and frameworks.

Anyone interested in expanding their current knowledge of CMMC, or gaining a solid foundation, highly recommend this course!

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Brandon Sutan

(5)

I enrolled in this course with a decade of military experience but no prior knowledge of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). The study was a game-changer for me. It was structured to leverage my military background, making the complex concepts of cyber hygiene and security levels accessible and relatable.

The instructor was knowledgeable and adept at connecting the dots between military operations and cyber defense mechanisms, which I found immensely valuable. The practical exercises were particularly impactful, allowing me to apply theoretical knowledge in a simulated environment resembling real-world scenarios. By the end of the course, I gained a robust understanding of CMMC and felt equipped to integrate these practices into my current role. The resources provided were top-notch, and the support network of fellow course participants has become an invaluable asset to my professional network.

This course is a must for any military personnel transitioning into a cybersecurity role – it gets a resounding five stars from me.

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Shauna Weatherly

(5)

This is the course I wish I’d had as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) five years ago while I was working two large critical Government wide contracts with large financial institutions as they went the documentation, asset inventory, assessment, POA&M process, monitoring, and incident reporting.

This course is the PERFECT breakdown of the topic! BRAVO to Jacob Hill and GRC Academy for pulling difficult material together in a methodical, comprehensive, and easy to follow manner. I am sending the link for this course to my former Government counterparts and clients in need of a straight-forward resource with links to source documents.

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John Dickson

(5)

Great content! This broke down a lot of critical information about the requirements for CMMC which is just what I was looking for.

This course really connects the different compliance requirements to the government policies in a clear and easily understandable way.

Hopefully as CMMC 2.0 implementation become closer to implementation we can see some template documents for the Scope document and the Self-Assessment report.

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James Vu

(5)

Excellent course and great content! Will definitely take more courses on GRC Academy. This course brought new light to CMMC compliance and was very helpful.

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Aneta Woodruff

(5)

I absolutely enjoyed the CMMC Overview Training.

The information (videos) is current, and it’s broken down to small chunks which prevents the student from losing interest. The order in which information is presented is logical and makes it easy to understand and remember.

I appreciated the end of chapter Quizes which showed me my weaknesses so I could go back and review the material.

Another amazing feature of the course that in each chapter there are links provided to the official government resources related to the discussed material.

Overall great course and I highly recommend it to anyone to get familiar or refresh their CMMC and NIST 800-171 knowledge.

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Luke Grover

(5)

Excellent course for anyone looking to learn more about CMMC or NIST 800-171!

Each topic is logically broken down into bite-size videos, and I found my self practically glued to my notepad writing down all the valuable information.

This area has a lot of interconnected information originating from various published documents (NIST, FAR, DFAR, CMMC) that could easily be overwhelming or even overlooked by someone just entering this DoD compliance space. Every video section did a great job explaining the referenced documents, how they applied, and included links to each document on resource.

Not only do you walk away with new knowledge towards CMMC, but this course also provides a plan of action to start assist you and your organization with beginning this compliance journey on a strong and actionable foundation.

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Sam Zia

(5)

Outstanding! The instructor taught in a really kind yet professional way. I understood all the basics of CMMC and NIST 800 now. Thank you Jacob Hill.

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Mike Parsons

(5)

This was a great course. I highly recommend it for anybody involved with CMMC and SP 800-171 requirements. The resources provided were outstanding. GRC Academy has kept the content current with the relevant events and documents emerging from DOD and NIST at a rather fast rate.

I hope that Jacob and the GRC Academy continue to improve an already great product.

Good going Jacob, thanks for showing us how to put together a very understandable approach to digesting CMMC and SP 800-171.

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Phonta Williams

(5)

Completing this course is a great jump start for those that are new to the CMMC world and this will prepare you for what is to come on the journey of acquiring follow on training and certifications.

For those that are familiar with the cybersecurity aspect and may have lost touch, this is a great refresher as you get reintegrated back into this realm. Highly recommend this course and I also look forward to what is to come next.

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Brandi Newnam

(5)

What a great foundational course for CMMC understanding! This overview was very beneficial to me as I recently transitioned from Active Duty Navy to the DoD contracting world.

Governance, risk, & compliance (GRC) plays a huge role on both sides for safeguarding sensitive data yet the language & requirements are very different. GRC Academy’s CMMC overview provided an incredible breakdown & will be excellent to use for reference. Well done!

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Brian Severt

(5)

Awesome course! If you are a business that is required to become CMMC certified, or you are new to compliance and want to learn about CMMC, this is the place to start.

The lessons are broken down into understandable and clear sections. The quizzes at the end of each section are well-written and test your knowledge of what you just learned. I highly recommend this course. Thank You, Jacob.

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Zachary Nguyen

(5)

As a relative newcomer to the CMMC space, and as a student preparing for the CMMC CCP exam, I found this training course to be a refreshing overview of key concepts surrounding the CMMC program, the federal regulations and laws that drive it, entities that comprise the CMMC Ecosystem, the NIST special publications that serve as its security control frameworks, and much more.

Jacob’s concise and detailed presentation style, in addition to the provided resources (e.g., DoD CIO CMMC documentation, the DFARS and FAR regulations, the control explorer) are valuable tools for any GRC professional’s utility belt especially as they venture into compliance and security for the Defense Industrial Base.

We are fortunate to have people like Jacob producing this kind of accessible yet high-quality training content.

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Timothy Bankich

(5)

Jacob’s course was phenomenal. The content is succinct and provides an excellent introduction of CMMC as well as the requirements that Small to Medium Sized Businesses must satisfy in order to flourish. Highly recommended for anyone interested in gaining knowledge about CMMC.

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Jonathan Fisher

(5)

This was a great course to get a solid understand of NIST 800-171 and the CMMC certification process. Jacob Hill did a great job of breaking down all of the acronyms and references that support CMMC and made it easy to understand what reference should be used for scoping out an organization’s CMMC efforts. Each video provided great details, and the section quizzes helps to reinforce the content learned.

I would recommend this course for individuals who work with government agencies and use NIST 800-171 to prepare for CMMC efforts or audit and validate commercial vendors security controls.

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Reynaldo Sanders

(5)

The course was well outlined and covered the most pertinent information in detail. I came away with a better understanding of the 5 Ws of CMMC compliance. The course resources were incredibly helpful and allowed me to understand how to understand the necessary accomplishing requirements for the control items.

I recently worked for a company that provided CMMC compliance work and had I gone through this course prior, it would have made understanding the details and regulations easier.

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Clifton Helpingstine

(5)

Jacob Hill did a great job putting all this information together. The content was engaging, relevant, and understandable. There is even a cameo from a current world leader! If your company has DOD contracts that will soon fall under CMMC then this course is for you. He goes through the entire process and explains the levels, steps, and even the organizations and tools needed to ensure you have no issues becoming CMMC compliant.

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Ryan Williams

(5)

Excellent course and instructor! Thank you, Jacob Hill, for guiding me through the world of CMMC and I look forward to taking more of your classes in the future.

The information presented in the curriculum provides a wide base explaining the fundamentals of regulation and policy concerning CMMC and FedRAMP and how they will impact your business in the future.

As a Security, Compliance, and Risk Management project manager and vCISO I am required to have an understanding of multiple risk frameworks. I feel the information provided in the course allows me to speak intelligently to a customer about their CMMC and FedRAMP requirements. While simultaneously preparing me to take higher-level courses that will eventually make me a subject matter expert in this area.

If you or your business are looking to one day provide solutions for the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) this course should be your first stop.

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Helen Thomas

(5)

This course is very informative and really very well done. It describes the CMMC process and terminologies very well. The summaries and the resources Jacob provide are very helpful. He covers the material in short clearly separated sections. I think it is perfect for a company who is seeking help and does not know what to expect and where to start.

I highly recommend this course to gain knowledge about the CMMC process and requirements. Great job Jacob!

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Terri Bal

(5)

The GRC Academy and Jacob Hill did a great job with this course. I was familiar with the CMMC requirements prior to attending this course, but did learn a bit more about roles in the ecosystem and the requirements within each of the roles.

The course is structured, easy to understand and follow. It is easy to digest for anyone taking the course. Regardless of your position in an organization, it is a course for someone to learn from and become more knowledgeable than he/she was before. Education, training, and awareness are assets.

#grc, #duediligence, #exportcompliance #knowledgeispower #cybersecurity

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LaConti Bryant

(5)

This course was amazing! I took the opportunity to learn something outside of my comfort zone. This course is engaging and has a lot of hands-on information that is connect to each model that will help fill in knowledge gaps. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about CMMC!

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Eric Olsen

(5)

I just completed the GRC Academy’s CMMC training overview for small to medium businesses. The detail and overview that Jacob Hill put into the course work is extraordinary, and well put together. The information for NIST 800-171 controls and CMMC is broken down so anyone can understand the information. I highly recommend to anyone that may be associated with or potentially coming across CMMC level certification to go through this course. It will give you the knowledge and resources you need to be informed.

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Nathan Lotts

(5)

Just finished the CMMC Overview Training for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) created by Jacob Hill (CISSP-ISSEP, CEH, ITIL). Thanks for all of your hard work on this course! An excellent resource to pair with the discord channel (https://discord.gg/cooey).

The website (https://lnkd.in/gTxhF9UP) has a ton of valuable information I refer back to often! Check it out! Thanks again Jacob! Well done!

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Lanre Olatunji

(5)

I recently completed the “CMMC Overview Training for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB)” offered by GRC Academy and curated by Jacob Hill (CISSP-ISSEP, CEH, ITIL). CMMC is a cybersecurity compliance and certification framework created by the DoD to ensure that its supporting contractors implement the 110 requirements to protect its controlled unclassified information (CUI). The course was highly engaging, concise, and informative. I strongly recommend this training to anyone interested in learning about security requirements, NIST 800-171, and the CMMC. Almost all DoD contracts require CMMC compliance, so don’t miss out!

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Charles Steward

(5)

This course was a great addendum to GRC training to break items down within the CMMC ecosystem. It has a small bite size procedure so you can avoid getting lost in all the details.

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Terrance Perry

(5)

I just completed the CMMC overview course at GRC Academy. If you are looking to get up to speed on CMMC, this is the course for you! Thank you! #thankyou #grc #grcacademy

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David Donahue

(5)

If you are looking to get up to speed on CMMC, look no further.

This was my first foray into CMMC, it was interesting how there was some overlap from my previous experience as a Contracting Officers Representative. Putting together contract documents like a SOW or requirements documentation means a bit more than simply copy-pasta clauses that you might not fully understand. If you are a Contracting Officer, COR about to start work on a new contract, or a business owner looking to bid on DoD contract work, take the time and go through the course.

As a business, you really need to start digging into the CMMC levels and the requirements to obtain each. There are a considerable amount of CMMC requirements to go from level 1 to levels 2 and 3.

The course had me thinking about follow on training from GRC Academy. Jacob’s presentation style is in my wheelhouse. Little bits of humor and personal experiences kept me engaged. I love his upbeat presentation style as well. His intros for each video always made me smile.

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Raymond Monasmith

(5)

A thorough, paced and well-presented coverage of the CMMC processes and framework. Jacob intersperses candid comment where appropriate, which will add to your smile lines. I am impressed and thankful that Jacob offers this course to Veterans FoC, and I will definitely be looking to the GRC Academy for subsequent CMMC and GRC training and updates.

Sincere kudos and much appreciation, Jacob.

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Jose Navarro

(5)

Great course with a great deal amount of information that clarifies the many CMMC subjects and geared towards a wide audience. The course structure is easy to follow, keeps you engaged in learning with many references and examples to assist you. The GRC Academy website also has a Blog and Community section that provides additional information.

I recommend this course for anyone looking to gain a better understanding on CMMC and its implementation.

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Sam Precie

(5)

Just completed GRC Academy CMMC Overview. Great course describes all the categories and details from the course description. Highly recommend for organization decision makers who contract or would like to contract with DoD.

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Tiffany Laitola

(5)

This course was outstanding! The bite-sized pieces of instruction were delicately balanced between the necessary information to cover and the right amount of it to cover. It was not overwhelming and it was easy to follow. The quizzes added value and reinforced each topic in a no nonsense-type of way. What was even better was that I actually enjoyed the course, it somehow was a bit fun to me!

If you have never heard of CMMC or are considering the certification, this is a great foundational course to familiarize yourself with it. Look no further!

Thank you GRC Academy and Jacob Hill. I look forward to exploring future courses.

Update: I just achieved the CMMC Certified Professional (CCP) certification! This course was such a huge help! It gave me a good foundation for starting my actual CCP course. It should be a pre-requisite for all RP and CCP courses, in my opinion.

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Tyler Black

(5)

This course provides the broad overview that is required if you are a company executive, audit professional and aspiring governance, risk and compliance novice investigating what CMMC would look like from a practitioner perspective.

Each module is short enough to provide you the needed information. The quiz at the end of each module re-enforces learning that some constructive learning took place. If I needed a refresher of the CMMC foundations this course with continual updates could provide that needed content.

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Kelsey Morris

(5)

The training is nothing short of excellent. As if learning and understanding the requirements of CMMC is not confusing enough, this course will help you cut through the confusion (and varied opinions out there) and get you headed on the right path. It will provide you with the knowledge and resources, as well as a plan, to confidently move your company forward with CMMC.

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Raleigh Harris

(5)

Just completed “CMMC Overview Training for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB)” offered by GRC Academy. For those who don’t know, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 is a DoD certification and compliance program that will apply to all DoD contractors – it ensures the government that the Defense Industrial Base is protecting its controlled unclassified information in accordance with security requirements.

Huge ‘Thank You’ to GRC Academy and Jacob Hill (CISSP-ISSEP, CEH, ITIL) for putting together such an informative, engaging and comprehensible course that had the right balance of material, case studies, quizzes and personality!

I highly recommend this training for anyone wanting to learn more about security requirements, NIST 800-171 and the CMMC – nearly all DoD contracts will require CMMC so don’t get left behind!

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Ann Hagan

(5)

Fantastic course by GRC Academy! The information presented was thorough and well worth a learner’s time. Jacob Hill went above and beyond by providing users with extensive links for reference and further research into CMMC.

The structure of the course is solid. The concepts start broad and proceed to be specific in focus as the learner dives deeper into the understanding of CMMC. The course is easy to navigate with accessibility features. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about CMMC from GRC Academy and look forward to additional courses in the future.

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John Amador

(5)

I recently took the CMMC Overview Training for Small and Medium Businesses course offered by GRC Academy and I was extremely impressed by the level of detail and expertise that Jacob Hill brought to the class. The course was well organized and easy to follow, with a clear and concise presentation of the material.

I appreciated the real-world examples and case studies used to reinforce the concepts being taught. Jacob Hill is a knowledgeable and engaging instructor who truly cares about his students’ understanding of the material.

The course exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to gain a thorough understanding of these critical security standards. Even if your organization doesn’t pursue certification, this is a great framework to implement controls to help protect your organization.

Overall, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to take this course through GRC Academy and I believe that the knowledge and skills I gained will be invaluable in my future endeavors.

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Eric Fields

(5)

This was an excellent course. I am a beginner when it comes to CMMC and this course helped to clarify and focus on exactly what I need to learn/do to help my company achieve CMMC Level 2 Certification.

In addition to this course the website has been a GREAT Resource as I navigate these waters. Nice Job Jacob and can’t wait to see what is next!!!!

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Paul Veeneman

(5)

GRC Academy and Jacob Hill have put together a wonderful training experience that provides the information and knowledge concerning CMMC, NIST SP 800-171, and associated subject matter that is vital to an SMB Organization Seeking Certification (OSC) within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) that are beginning or on the journey to achieving their Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

The curriculum is structured into sections that build with each session and form the foundation that is referenced throughout subsequent modules within the course.

The course tempo and delivery suits the novice to intermediate stakeholder and decision-maker, effective for a variety of roles within any organization, and seeks to provide personnel the understanding of CMMC and what safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) means to the organization.

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