Accounting firm selected for DOD cybersecurity certification.

Days after the Colonial Pipeline attack, Elliott Davis made public that it is preparing to open its doors to Department of Defense contractors with sensitive information in the stacks.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, an organization that manages a Department of Defense certification process for accounting firms capable of protecting sensitive information, recently selected the Greenville company as a candidate to become a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization, or C3PAO.

The candidate selection is a critical step in helping federal contractors navigate the Defense Department's cybersecurity certification process, according to the announcement.

"Now is the time to prepare as the Department of Defense will begin requiring CMMC certification in some request for proposals and contracts starting fiscal year 2021," Lizzie Tinker, cybersecurity manager ofElliott Davis and one of the first CMMC provisional assessors in the nation, said in the release. "It is a complex process that becomes more stringent based on the level your business ranks as a DoD contractor. Our cybersecurity team has deep expertise advising clients that contract with the DoD, and we're proud to be selected as a candidate C3PAO to help customers navigate the CMMC process."

The CMMC includes a certification process that measures maturity over five levels. Elliott Davis provides CMMC counsel and services, including overall readiness, maturing from one level to the next, gap analysis, control selection and tailoring...

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