Grove Technologies announced it has been approved as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO), by the CMMC Accreditation Board, enabling the firm to provide consulting services to defense contractors and suppliers seeking to obtain the mandatory new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).
Grove Technologies Achieves CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO) Accreditation
In January 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the new certification program to strengthen cybersecurity throughout its 300,000-contractor supply chain, also known as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). The CMMC standard offers five cybersecurity certification levels, ranging from Basic to Advanced, and encompasses 17 domains, 171 practices, 43 capabilities, and various regulatory requirements.
Initially, all contractors must meet Basic certification requirements to bid on select DoD contracts. Ultimately, they must successfully achieve the appropriate certification level for their organization to bid on any DoD contract.
In recent months, the CMMC Accreditation Body has been screening applicants for Registered Provider Organization (RPO) status, enabling them to assist contractors in preparing for CMMC. Grove Technologies is proud to be among the first cybersecurity firms to earn RPO status. Registered Provider Organizations are authorized by the CMMC Accreditation Body to represent themselves as familiar with the basic constructs of the CMMC standard, provide CMMC consulting services, list in the CMMC marketplace, and display the official logo. RPOs must also train and maintain Registered Practitioners within their organizations and abide by the Code of Professional Conduct.
CMMC Readiness Service
When the CMMC program was released, the Grove Technologies team began studying every aspect of the standard, gaining important expertise in the certification levels and multilayered requirements.
“Our goal was to develop a CMMC Readiness Service that would successfully prepare DoD contractors for certification,” said Jon Brown, CEO, and Founder of Grove Technologies. “It is by far the most comprehensive readiness program we have ever created, and the research and development effort was exhaustive.”
Grove Technologies also developed a proprietary programmatic tool that accounts for all elements required by the complex model, enabling the CMMC Readiness Service to be performed consistently and thoroughly and helping contractors achieve certification efficiently. The company is currently offering a complimentary consultation for DoD contractors who wish to learn more about CMMC.