Navigating the CMMC Compliance Maze: Overcoming Common Challenges

By Heather Bennett

November 13, 2023

The CMMC is a rigorous framework aimed at strengthening cybersecurity practices in the defense industrial base. While its objectives are commendable, the path to CMMC compliance can be fraught with challenges for organizations, regardless of size or resources. In this blog, we’ll explore the common challenges organizations face when striving for CMMC compliance and offer strategies to help them overcome these obstacles.

Common CMMC Compliance Challenges

  1. Resource Limitations: Many organizations, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, may need more resources, budget, and personnel to meet CMMC requirements.
  2. Understanding Data Classification: Properly classifying data and understanding which level of CMMC compliance applies to your organization’s data can be complex.
  3. Cybersecurity Training: Ensuring employees are well-versed in cybersecurity best practices and CMMC requirements can be challenging, especially for smaller businesses.
  4. Continuous Monitoring: Implementing and maintaining the continuous monitoring required by CMMC can be resource-intensive and complex.
  5. Vendor and Supply Chain Compliance: Ensuring all suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors are CMMC compliant can be a logistical challenge.

Assessment and Gap Analysis

Gap Analysis

Begin your CMMC journey with a comprehensive assessment of your organization’s current state. A gap analysis will help identify areas where you must improve and allocate resources effectively. A gap analysis involves assessing the difference or “gap” between the current state of a business or process and its desired or optimal state. A gap analysis aims to identify areas where performance, processes, or outcomes deviate from the intended goals.

A gap analysis is valuable for strategic planning, process improvement, and achieving organizational objectives. It helps organizations identify areas for growth and development while providing a roadmap for positive change.

Data Classification

Data Classsification

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to law, regulation, or government-wide policy. CMMC emphasizes the protection of CUI, and data classification helps identify, label, and protect CUI within the organization.

CMMC includes specific control objectives related to data classification. The control objectives are designed to ensure that organizations appropriately classify and protect sensitive information based on its importance and potential impact.

CMMC will require organizations to document and communicate their data classification policies and procedures. This includes clearly defining how data is classified, who has access to classified data, and the security measures in place to protect it.

A gap analysis is valuable for strategic planning, process improvement, and achieving organizational objectives. It helps organizations identify areas for growth and development while providing a roadmap for positive change.

Resource Management

Resource Management

Resource limitations can be mitigated by adopting a phased approach. Allocate resources incrementally, addressing high-priority items first while planning for long-term improvements.

Businesses need to allocate adequate budgets while preparing for CMMC. Cybersecurity implementation often requires investments in technology, training, and personnel. Allocate a realistic budget that covers the costs of implementing CMMC controls. Plan for scalability to accommodate future growth or changes in the business environment. Ensure that your resource management strategy can adapt to evolving cybersecurity needs and compliance requirements.



Training and Awareness

Invest in cost-effective cybersecurity training resources, such as online courses and webinars, and encourage continuous learning within your organization. Encourage a culture of continuous learning by providing resources for ongoing education. This could include access to webinars, conferences, and industry publications covering relevant cybersecurity and compliance topics.

Ensure all personnel, including employees, contractors, and third-party vendors, receive CMMC awareness training. Provide in-depth training on the specific controls and practices outlined in the CMMC framework. Personnel should understand the requirements relevant to their roles and how to effectively implement and maintain these controls. This training should provide an overview of the CMMC framework, its objectives, and the importance of cybersecurity in safeguarding sensitive information.

Engage CMMC Professionals

CMMC Professional

CMMC professionals are vital in empowering small businesses to navigate the complex landscape of cybersecurity compliance. By providing targeted guidance, training, and implementation support, these professionals contribute to establishing robust cybersecurity practices that enhance the overall resilience of small businesses.

These professionals can assist with many facets of preparing for CMMC, from document development to technology assessments. These professionals are well-versed in CMMC requirements and can help businesses prepare for their CMMC assessment. Hiring a professional to help with CMMC preparations can be more cost-effective in the long run. See our Blog on C3PAOs here.




Facilitating collaborations while preparing for CMMC is essential for businesses to address cybersecurity challenges and achieve compliance collectively.

Forge partnerships and consortiums with other organizations in your industry to pool resources and share knowledge. Collaborative efforts can lead to more cost-effective solutions. Participate in industry forums, webinars, or conferences focused on cybersecurity and CMMC. These platforms offer opportunities to learn from peers, share experiences, and stay informed about industry trends and best practices.

Supplier and Vendor Management

Vendor Management

Maintain clear communication with suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors. Ensure that they understand your CMMC requirements and are on the path to compliance. Ensuring suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors understand an organization’s CMMC requirements is crucial for maintaining a secure and compliant supply chain.

Integrate CMMC compliance clauses into Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Clearly state the CMMC maturity level or specific controls vendors must meet to be eligible for consideration.

Clearly outline CMMC requirements in contractual agreements with suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors. Specify the specific maturity level or controls they must adhere to, and include language about the consequences of non-compliance.

Continuous Improvement

CMMC compliance is not a one-time endeavor. It’s an ongoing process. Regularly review and update your cybersecurity practices to stay current and align with evolving threats and requirements.

Document and analyze lessons learned from security incidents, audits, or compliance assessments. Use this information to enhance incident response strategies, update policies, and improve overall cybersecurity resilience.

CMMC compliance is a challenging but necessary journey for organizations aiming to secure DoD contracts and enhance their cybersecurity practices. By addressing these common challenges through assessments, training, collaboration, and resource management, organizations can navigate the path to CMMC compliance more effectively. It’s essential to view CMMC not just as a regulatory requirement but as a strategic investment in your organization’s cybersecurity posture and long-term success in the defense industry.


Provincia Government Solutions, LLC is a Nashville-based HUBZone-certified security and risk assurance firm, specializing in government regulatory and compliance cybersecurity requirements. Our expertise encompasses a wide range of standards, including NIST, FISMA, CMMC, SCA, 800-171, TRICARE, MARS-E, and Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) solutions.

Our client base comprises government agencies, contractors, and commercial organizations affiliated with government entities. Whether you require audit preparedness, compliance and assurance assessments, security consulting, or CMMC certification, we have the knowledge and experience to assist you.

For a no-cost consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 807-2822 or via email at We look forward to discussing your security needs and finding solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

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Provincia Government Solutions is a SBA certified Small  Business cybersecurity assurance firm and a CMMC Certified Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO).  We were the first organization to become a  C3PAO in the Middle Tennessee (Nashville) area and provide a full range of services including CMMC consulting and certification assessments. Our assessment team is trained in CMMC and other government assessment disciplines and we are experienced working with organizations of all sizes. Please reach out with any cybersecurity or CMMC related inquiries. We look forward to speaking with you!