Exostar, a provider of secure business collaboration in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and healthcare, announced the launch of Certification Assistant, a risk management product that supports Defense Industrial Base organizations’ efforts to comply with and self-attest to NIST SP 800-171 security controls, and to self-assess and document security hygiene against CMMC processes and practices ahead of accreditation audits.
“The recent release of CMMC V1 is the first step of a multi-year CMMC implementation and adoption journey,” said Stuart Itkin, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Exostar. “During the transition, organizations that serve the DoD directly and indirectly will need to address NIST 800-171 and CMMC simultaneously. 800-171 audits are on-the-rise, and third-party audits are part of the CMMC accreditation process. Certification Assistant empowers all members of the DIB to understand the requirements, conduct self-assessments and execute necessary actions, and prepare for external audits to confirm their cybersecurity capabilities and receive certifications.”
Original equipment manufacturers and suppliers at all tiers of the Department of Defense supply chain can use Certification Assistant to help meet and manage NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC requirements, and continually monitor their progress.
“No organization should underestimate the time and effort necessary to conduct NIST 800-171 and CMMC self-assessments, prepare for external audits, and coordinate with their DoD supply chain partners to mitigate risk and achieve the necessary compliance and certifications,” said Scott Armstrong, Senior Director and Group Product Manager at Exostar. “Certification Assistant facilitates and brings visibility, consistency, insight, and repeatability to the process, which is particularly important for smaller organizations that may not possess significant cybersecurity resources or expertise.mBy serving as the secure central repository that tracks cybersecurity hygiene, Certification Assistant helps organizations to protect sensitive information and intellectual property, and best position themselves to pass external audits so they can participate on forthcoming DoD programs.”
Exostar offers three versions of Certification Assistant. The Lite version supports organizations seeking CMMC Level 1 accreditation. The Standard version extends product scope to include NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC Levels 2-3, while the Premium version accounts for 800-171 and all five CMMC levels.
Exostar’s cloud-based platforms create exclusive communities within highly-regulated industries where organizations securely collaborate, share information, and operate compliantly. Within these communities, we build trust. More than 135,000 Aerospace and Defense organizations and agencies in over 150 countries trust Exostar to strengthen security, reduce expenditures, raise productivity, and help them achieve their missions. Ten of the top twenty global biopharmaceutical companies rely on Exostar to help them speed new medicines and therapies to market. Exostar is a Gartner Cool Vendor. For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.
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