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CMMC Overview Training for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB)

Categories: CMMC, NIST 800-171
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About Course

Do you support the United States Department of Defense (DoD)? Have you heard about security requirements from NIST 800-171 or the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), but don’t know where to start? Then this online CMMC overview training is for YOU!

The majority of CMMC training is meant for assessors and consultants, but there aren’t many courses for small and medium businesses to help them understand the process.

Jacob Hill created this CMMC overview course with SMBs in mind. Jacob has been leading a small business towards NIST 800-171 compliance and ultimately CMMC certification since 2018.

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What is CMMC?

CMMC is a cybersecurity compliance and certification framework which DoD created to gain assurance that its supporting contractors are implementing the 110 requirements to protect its controlled unclassified information (CUI). Nearly all DoD contractors will need to be CMMC compliant or certified to work for DoD.

CMMC requirements should begin to appear in contracts in May of 2023.

What is NIST 800-171?

The majority of CMMC’s requirements are based on NIST 800-171, “Protecting CUI in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.” Most contractors are ALREADY required to comply with NIST 800-171 per DFARS 252.204-7012, and have been required to comply since December of 2017.

Are you compliant? If not, do you know what steps you need to take?

What Companies need to be CMMC Certified?

All businesses will be required to implement CMMC. CMMC consists of 3 levels, and the requirements vary per level:

  • CMMC Level 1
    • Implement 17 CMMC practices
    • Required for contracts with federal contract information (FCI)
    • Contractor is required to perform a self-assessment – no 3rd-party assessment is required
  • CMMC Level 2
    • Implement 110 CMMC practices
    • Required for contracts with CUI
    • Nearly all contracts will require a 3rd-party assessment by a C3PAO resulting in CMMC certification
  • CMMC Level 3
    • Implement 110+ CMMC practices
    • Required for DoD’s most critical CUI programs
    • All contracts will require a 3rd-party assessment by DIBCAC resulting in CMMC certification

Who is course this for?

This course provides an overview of NIST 800-171 and CMMC. It is delivered in a bottom-line-up-front format and can benefit leadership and practitioners, however, it is not “in the weeds” of the controls, and how to comply with them.

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Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to know to successfully navigate NIST 800-171’s and CMMC’s processes. Don’t let your business fail because you didn’t achieve compliance or certification.

Peer Reviewers

Thank you to the following subject matter experts who peer reviewed this course:

Closing Thoughts

This course is up to date with CMMC 2.0! CMMC is an evolving topic, and as new information becomes available, this course will be updated.

*  Note that this course is not affiliated with the DoD, the CyberAB (formerly known as the CMMC Accreditation Body), or the Cybersecurity Assessor and Instructor Certification Organization (CAICO).

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What Will You Learn?

  • What is Federal Contract Information (FCI)
  • What is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • The history of NIST 800-171 & CMMC and what it means to you
  • What DFARS 252.204-7012, 7019, 7020, and 7021 mean to you
  • How to comply with NIST 800-171
  • The 110 NIST 800-171 security requirements
  • How to calculate a NIST 800-171 score per the DoD assessment methodology
  • How NIST 800-171 relates to CMMC
  • When CMMC will be required
  • The 110+ CMMC practices
  • The 3 levels of CMMC
  • Which CMMC levels require self-assessment & 3rd-party assessment
  • Roles in the CMMC assessment ecosystem
  • How to scope for CMMC
  • How to prepare for a CMMC assessment
  • How do I get CMMC certified
  • Next steps

Course Content


Types of Information
Learn about the types of information that are pertinent to NIST 800-171 and CMMC.

NIST 800-171 Overview
Learn about NIST 800-171, NFO controls, assessment procedures, and the SSP and POA&M.

NIST 800-171 DFARS Clauses
Learn what the purpose of the FAR and DFARS is and what is contained within the DFARS clauses which pertain to cybersecurity requirements for protecting CUI on nonfederal systems.

NIST 800-171 DoD Assessment Methodology
Learn how to calculate NIST 800-171 SPRS scores in accordance with the DoD Assessment Methodology.

Learn about FedRAMP, how it relates to DFARS 252.204-7012, and how to use the FedRAMP Marketplace.

CMMC Overview
Learn about CMMC, when it will be required, what is contained in DFARS 252.204-7021, and its 3 levels.

CMMC Scoping Guides
Learn how to scope assets in your organization by understanding the CMMC asset types and the requirements for each.

CMMC Assessment Guides
Learn about the DoD's assessment guidance and who is responsible for conducting assessments for CMMC levels 1 - 3.

CMMC Ecosystem Roles
Learn about the roles in the CMMC ecosystem.

Action Plan
Actionable steps to achieve CMMC compliance or certification.

Closing Thoughts

Student Ratings & Reviews

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6 days ago
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
1 week ago
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!
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
I just completed the CMMC overview course by Jacob Hill (CISSP-ISSEP, CEH, ITIL) 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
1 month ago
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.
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.
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
Tyler Black
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
Raleigh Harris
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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!!!!
Paul Veeneman
2 months ago
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.