Shielding Your Small Business: Top 10 Cybersecurity Challenges in 2023

Shielding Your Small Business: Top 10 Cybersecurity Challenges in 2023

By Heather Bennett

October 23, 2023

Small businesses are the backbone of economies worldwide, but they’re also increasingly becoming targets for cyberattacks. As the digital landscape evolves, so do the threats. In this blog, we’ll delve into the top 10 cybersecurity challenges of 2023 and explore what small businesses can do to stay protected.

1. Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware

Ransomware attacks are skyrocketing, and even small businesses are not immune. Cybercriminals are targeting them for quick profits. These malicious actors encrypt valuable data and demand hefty ransoms in cryptocurrencies.

 In 2023, these attacks have reached new levels of sophistication, making organizations need to invest in robust backup systems and employee training to thwart potential breaches. As a small business owner, ensure you utilize reliable backup systems and educate your team about the dangers of suspicious emails and links.

2. Supply Chain Attacks

Supply Chain Security

Cybercriminals exploit supply chain vulnerabilities by infiltrating trusted suppliers’ networks to compromise their ultimate targets. Securing the entire supply chain, from the source to the consumer, is crucial. Vigilance and robust cybersecurity measures are necessary to safeguard this intricate network.


Small businesses often rely on suppliers for goods and services. Not all suppliers have robust cybersecurity measures. It’s essential to assess the cybersecurity practices of your suppliers and take measures to secure your supply chain.

3. Phishing and Social Engineering

Phishing

Phishing attacks are still pervasive, with attackers using increasingly sophisticated tactics to deceive individuals and employees. To combat this, organizations must prioritize cybersecurity awareness training and deploy advanced email filtering systems to detect and mitigate phishing attempts.


Small businesses must prioritize cybersecurity awareness training to help employees recognize and thwart phishing attempts. Implement advanced email filtering systems to add an extra layer of protection.

4. Nation-State Cyber Operations

IoT

State-sponsored cyberattacks continue to pose a significant threat. Nations engage in cyber espionage, data theft, and even disruptive operations against other countries. Nations and organizations must bolster their defenses and collaborate on international cybersecurity efforts.


Small businesses might not see themselves as targets of nation-state actors, but they can still be caught in the crossfire in the interconnected world of cyberattacks. Ensuring strong security measures and regularly updating your systems is crucial.

5. IoT and Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

The vulnerabilities in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and critical infrastructure systems are a source of concern, as large-scale attacks could disrupt essential services. Improving IoT security standards and regularly updating critical infrastructure systems are necessary to mitigate these risks.

Small businesses relying on IoT devices or vulnerable critical infrastructure should regularly update and secure these systems to prevent disruptions. Additionally, invest in robust cybersecurity for these technologies.

6. Zero-Day Exploits

Zero-day vulnerabilities are still a problem in 2023, as attackers exploit these vulnerabilities before patches become available.

Small businesses are just as vulnerable to zero-day exploits as large corporations. Stay vigilant, update your software regularly, and consider using intrusion detection systems to identify potential threats.

7. Data Breaches

Data breaches and leaks of personal and sensitive information persist, leading to identity theft and other cybercrimes.

Data breaches can have catastrophic consequences for small businesses, damaging reputations and causing financial loss. Implement data protection measures, like encryption and access controls, to secure sensitive information.

8. Remote Work Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote work, creating new organizational challenges. With employees relying on potentially vulnerable home networks and personal devices, organizations must invest in secure remote access solutions and provide comprehensive training to maintain a secure remote work environment.

Many small businesses have adopted remote work due to the pandemic, as well as larger companies. Ensure your remote work infrastructure is secure and provide cybersecurity training to remote employees. Virtual private networks (VPNs) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) can add an extra layer of security.

9. AI and Machine Learning in Cyberattacks

Cybercriminals increasingly use artificial intelligence and machine learning for automated attacks, evasion techniques, and targeted exploits. Using AI for defense, in the form of AI-driven cybersecurity solutions, is crucial to stay ahead of cybercriminals.

Small businesses should consider investing in AI-driven cybersecurity solutions to protect against automated attacks and evasion techniques. These technologies can level the playing field. Staying updated on data protection laws and maintaining compliance is crucial and protects against automated attacks and evasion techniques.

10. Regulatory and Compliance Pressures

Organizations are facing increasing regulatory requirements to protect data and report breaches. Non-compliance can lead to severe penalties. Staying updated on evolving data protection laws and implementing robust compliance measures is crucial to navigate this complex landscape.

Small businesses often lack the resources for extensive legal teams, so staying updated on data protection laws and maintaining compliance is crucial. Ignoring these regulations can lead to substantial fines.

Organizations are facing increasing regulatory requirements to protect data and report breaches. Non-compliance can lead to severe penalties. Staying updated on evolving data protection laws and implementing robust compliance measures is crucial to navigate this complex landscape.
Small businesses often lack the resources for extensive legal teams, so staying updated on data protection laws and maintaining compliance is crucial. Ignoring these regulations can lead to substantial fines. You can find more information about cybersecurity for small businesses on the SBA website.

Your Small Business Cybersecurity Partner

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 info@provincia.io. We look forward to discussing your security needs and finding solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

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C3PAOs and Their Role in CMMC

C3PAOs and Their Vital Role in CMMC Compliance

By Heather Bennett

October 2, 2023

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) has ushered in a new era of cybersecurity standards for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain organizations. As companies strive to meet CMMC requirements, they must navigate a complex landscape, and one critical aspect is working with Certified Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs). In this blog post, we will demystify the role of C3PAOs in CMMC compliance and explore their significance in the certification process.

Who Are C3PAOs?

C3PAOs, or Certified Third-Party Assessment Organizations, are independent entities authorized by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) to conduct assessments of organizations seeking CMMC certification. These organizations play a pivotal role in the CMMC ecosystem, serving as assessors that evaluate an organization’s adherence to the CMMC framework.

The Role of C3PAOs in CMMC Compliance

1. Objective Assessment: C3PAOs objectively assess an organization’s cybersecurity practices. They evaluate whether an organization’s policies, procedures, and controls align with the CMMC requirements.

2. Impartial Evaluation: C3PAOs are neutral third parties, which means they are not vested in whether an organization passes or fails the assessment. This impartiality ensures the integrity of the certification process.

3. Certification Determination: After conducting an assessment, the C3PAO provides a report that details the organization’s compliance with CMMC requirements. Based on this report, the CMMC-AB makes the final determination regarding certification.

4. Compliance Guidance: C3PAOs can offer guidance and recommendations to organizations seeking certification. They can identify areas where improvements are needed and provide insights into achieving compliance.

5. Assessment Expertise: C3PAOs employ cybersecurity professionals with expertise in the CMMC framework and related cybersecurity practices. Their assessors have undergone rigorous training to conduct assessments effectively.

The C3PAO Assessment Process

The assessment process conducted by C3PAOs typically involves the following steps:

– Pre-Assessment Preparation: Organizations seeking certification work to prepare their cybersecurity practices and documentation.

– Assessment: C3PAOs conduct on-site or remote assessments to evaluate the organization’s cybersecurity controls and practices.

– Report Submission: After the assessment, the C3PAO submits a report detailing the organization’s compliance status to the CMMC-AB.

– Certification Decision: The CMMC-AB reviews the report and makes a certification determination.

– Ongoing Compliance: CMMC certification is not a one-time event. Organizations must maintain compliance continuously, and periodic assessments are part of the process.

Why C3PAOs Matter

C3PAOs are integral to the CMMC certification process for several reasons:

1. Expertise and Objectivity: Their expertise and impartiality ensure a fair and accurate assessment of an organization’s cybersecurity practices.

2. Certification Credibility: C3PAO involvement enhances the credibility of CMMC certification, as qualified, independent entities conduct assessments.

3. Guidance and Improvement: C3PAOs can provide valuable guidance to organizations, helping them improve their cybersecurity posture.

4. Consistency: C3PAOs follow standardized assessment processes, ensuring consistency in evaluating organizations.

C3PAOs are key players in the CMMC certification journey. Their role in assessing and verifying an organization's cybersecurity practices is vital for achieving compliance with the CMMC framework. By working with C3PAOs, organizations can navigate the complex landscape of CMMC more effectively and contribute to the overall enhancement of cybersecurity in the defense supply chain.

As organizations strive for CMMC compliance, partnering with a trusted C3PAO becomes a strategic move toward achieving and maintaining certification, bolstering cybersecurity practices, and securing valuable DoD contracts.

Provincia Government Solutions, LLC is a Nashville based security and risk assurance firm with advanced expertise in government regulatory and compliance cybersecurity requirements including NIST, FISMA, CMMC, SCA, 800-171, TRICARE, MARS-E and ZTA (Zero Trust Architecture) solutions. Our client base includes  government agencies, contractors, and commercial organizations affiliated with government entities. Whether you are seeking audit preparedness, compliance and assurance assessments,  security consulting, or CMMC certification, we have the expertise to help.  Contact us at (615) 807-2822 or at info@provincia.io to discuss your security needs today. Consultations are free of charge and we look forward to speaking with you!

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Discover the Top 10 CMMC FAQs

Top 10 CMMC FAQs

By Heather Bennett

September 18, 2023

Top 10 FAQs for CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) continues to be a hot topic in the world of cybersecurity compliance. As organizations strive to meet the requirements set by the Department of Defense (DoD) and protect sensitive information, it’s no wonder that CMMC generates numerous questions. In this blog post, we’ve compiled the top 10 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CMMC to provide clarity and insight into this vital certification process.

1. What Is CMMC, and Why Is It Necessary?

CMMC, or Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, is a framework developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that organizations in the defense supply chain maintain robust cybersecurity practices. It’s necessary to protect sensitive DoD information and enhance national security.

2. Who Must Comply with CMMC?

CMMC compliance is mandatory for any organization or contractor that handles controlled unclassified information (CUI) or wishes to engage in contracts with the DoD. This includes both prime contractors and subcontractors at various tiers.

3. How Many CMMC Levels Are There, and What Are They?

CMMC consists of three levels, each representing a different tier of cybersecurity maturity. These levels are Level 1 (Foundational), Level 2 (Advanced), and Level 3 (Expert), with each level building upon the requirements of the previous one.

4. How Can My Organization Get CMMC Certified?

To achieve CMMC certification, organizations must undergo assessments conducted by accredited third-party assessment organizations (C3PAOs). These assessments evaluate your organization’s adherence to the CMMC framework’s requirements, and successful completion results in certification at the appropriate level. See our blog on C3PAO Red flags (https://provincia.io/5-c3pao-red-flags/)

5. What Types of Documentation Are Required for CMMC Compliance?

CMMC compliance requires thorough documentation. Key documents include the System Security Plan (SSP), Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M), policies and procedures, incident response plans, and security assessment reports. The specific documentation you need depends on your CMMC level.

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6. Can I use Existing Cybersecurity Frameworks for CMMC Compliance?

Yes, you can leverage existing cybersecurity frameworks like NIST SP 800-171 or ISO 27001 to help meet CMMC requirements. However, you’ll need to ensure that your practices align with the specific controls outlined in the CMMC framework.

7. What Are the Penalties for Non-Compliance with CMMC?

Non-compliance with CMMC can lead to consequences such as the loss of DoD contracts, reputational damage, and potential legal actions. It’s crucial to take compliance seriously to protect your organization.

8. Is CMMC Compliance a One-Time Effort?

No, CMMC compliance is an ongoing process. Regular assessments and updates are necessary to maintain compliance as threats evolve and your organization’s cybersecurity practices adapt.

9. How Long Does It Typically Take to Achieve CMMC Certification?

The timeline for CMMC certification varies depending on your organization’s current cybersecurity posture and the level you aim to achieve. It’s essential to allocate sufficient time for preparation and assessment.

10. Where Can I Find More Resources and Guidance on CMMC?

To access official CMMC resources, guidance, and updates, visit the official CMMC website. Additionally, consider consulting with CMMC experts and certified assessors to navigate the certification process effectively. (https://dodcio.defense.gov/CMMC/  https://cyberab.org)

 

In conclusion, CMMC is a pivotal certification for organizations in the defense supply chain. These FAQs provide valuable insights into its purpose, requirements, and implications. As CMMC evolves, staying informed and seeking expert guidance will be crucial for achieving and maintaining compliance.

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5 Tips To Prepare for CMMC Assessments

5 Tips to Prepare for CMMC Assessments

By Heather Bennett

February 7, 2023

Many OSCs (Organizations Seeking Certification) and C3PAOs eagerly await the final ruling on CMMC. In their CMMC Certification Overview, the CyberAB has stated that “organizations can and should be implementing the CMMC standard.” (https://cyberab.org/CMMC-Ecosystem/Ecosystem-roles/DIB-Companies-OSCs) Many OSCs are signing or have already signed agreements with C3PAOS for their assessment in anticipation of the final ruling. As a certified C3PAO, we want to share some insight and advice on getting ready for your CMMC Assessment while there is still time to prepare.

Here are five tips to prepare for a CMMC assessment. Considering these tips will help make the assessment process smoother and more likely to succeed.

TIP #1. Documentation Review

Outdated or misaligned documents can lead to confusion and even failure. Your processes and procedures should be living documents that show ongoing development and change. This is especially true for your SSP (System Security Plan). Your SSP should be solidly built upon your supporting documents. All wording in your SSP should match your process and procedure documents. This shows continuity and maturity in your environment, which is paramount to CMMC.

The CAP (CMMC Assessment Process) Version 1.0, section 1.5.6 supplies a list of items that the C3PAO will require:

  • Results of most recent OSC self-Assessment or any pre-Assessment conducted by an RP or Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO)
  • A preliminary list of the anticipated evidence
  • The System Security Plan and other relevant documentation; and
  • A list of all OSC personnel who play a role in the procedures in scope.

The Assessment Team then collaborates and coordinates with the OSC to correlate all of the above information to each CMMC practice. The purpose of this procedure is to do a preliminary “triage” of all of the available evidentiary materials and “map” or “cross-walk” each item to their respective CMMC practices to establish the mutual understanding that the OSC has, at a minimum, addressed each of the CMMC practices with some evidentiary basis. This inventory does not establish that any or all CMMC practices have been implemented adequately or sufficiently in accordance with the CMMC standard, but rather that no “gaps” exist with regard to a particular CMMC practice. This ensures that the practice was neither neglected, ignored, or dismissed.

Having these key documents polished and ready is vital to obtaining a CMMC certification.

TIP #2. Prepare Evidence and Logs

As you begin the CMMC assessment process, you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the requirements for each control. This means all supporting artifacts must be ready. You will need to have all evidence items in versions that can be shared safely and securely. As mentioned above, these documents and logs should show a history and level of maturity that is expected for their corresponding control.

Section 1.5.7 of the CAP version 1.0 clearly defines the evidence requirements. “Adequate and sufficient Evidence will be required to determine if the OSC is ready for the assessment.”

Adequate Evidence is the correct artifact, response, demonstration, or test that proves that the organization is implementing the CMMC practice. You should ask the question: Is this the appropriate evidence for this practice?

Sufficient evidence is the correct amount of evidence to verify that the CMMC practice is implemented correctly. This prompts the question: Are we providing enough proper evidence?

Applying these two questions to each piece of evidence will reduce the time wasted providing additional or correct evidence after the assessment has begun.

TIP #3. Resolve Existing POAMs

Currently, CMMC 2.0 rules do not allow pre-existing POAMs (which is different from NIST 800-171 High conducted as part of the DIBCAC Joint Surveillance Assessments). If pre-existing POAMS are discovered, it will result in an automatic failure. Any pre-existing POAMs must be resolved before your CMMC assessment begins. For more detailed information on POAMs and CMMC, check out our blog at https://provincia.io/poams-and-their-significance-in-cmmc/

The CAP version 1.0 section 2.3.2.1 lists criteria for items that are ineligible for a POAM:

  • Practices that could lead to significant exploitation of the network or exfiltration of CUI, aslisted in Appendix K, paragraphs (e) and (f);
  • Any practice(s) listed on the OSC’s Self-Assessment Practice Deficiency Tracker (validatedin paragraph 1.4.2);
  • Practices that were not implemented by the OSC prior to the current CMMC Assessment;
  • Any practice that changes and/or limits the effectiveness of another practice that has beenscored as “MET”

If any of these scenarios is found, it will render any applicable CMMC practice ineligible. The OSC will not qualify for the “Limited Practice Deficiency Correction Program”.

TIP #4. Prepare for Interviews

Preparing for interviews may seem daunting, especially for personnel who have never been through an assessment. Prepare in advance so that your assessment is kept on schedule.

To help you do this, here are four things you can practice before your formal interviews.

With a bit of planning, communication and practice, preparing for interviews can significantly influence the outcome of the CMMC Assessment.

TIP #5. Pre-Assessment by Certified C3PAO

 

It is highly recommended that all OSCs undergo a preassessment before their CMMC assessment. This process can identify and remediate areas of potential failure while you have time to make corrections. A preassessment can also save time, money, and frustration.  During the preassessment, your assessor should focus on critical areas that will prepare you for a successful CMMC certification assessment.

Some of these areas include:

  • Document Review
  • POAM Resolution
  • Evidence verification
  • Evidence preparation
  • Environment Analysis

Summary

Preparing for a CMMC assessment can feel like a monumental task. With the help of the right professionals, navigating your assessment can be smooth sailing. Contact us today to discuss how Provincia Government Solutions can help you successfully achieve CMMC Certification.

 

Here at Provincia Government Solutions, we believe knowledge is power. We make sure to stay informed regarding all things CMMC and pass this expertise on to you.  We are here to help you earn your CMMC 2.0 certification. Your success is our success.

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Be sure to subscribe to our blog and check out our podcast for more in depth discussion of all things cybersecurity.

Are you ready for Provincia Government Solutions to help you? If so, reach out to our team and let’s talk. We can put you are on the path to success!

Until then, be safe and stay secure!

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Provincia Government Solutions, LLC is a Nashville based HUBZone certified security and risk assurance firm with advanced expertise in government regulatory and compliance cybersecurity requirements including NIST, FISMA, CMMC, SCA, 800-171, TRICARE, MARS-E and ZTA (Zero Trust Architecture) solutions. Our client base includes  government agencies, contractors, and commercial organizations affiliated with government entities. Whether you are seeking audit preparedness, compliance and assurance assessments,  security consulting, or CMMC certification, we have the expertise to help.  Contact us at (615) 807-2822 or at info@provincia.io to discuss your security needs today. Consultations are free of charge and we look forward to speaking with you!

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POAMs and Their Significance in CMMC Assessments

POAMS and CMMC

By Sese Bennett

December 19, 2022

The use of POAMs are ubiquitous in the world of cybersecurity. As we get closer to the release of CMMC 2.0, many are wondering about POAMs and their significance in CMMC assessments. Providing a clear answer is difficult, but in this article, we will attempt to shed some light on the expected standards regarding POAMs and CMMC.

The National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) defines a Plan of Action and Milestone (POAM) as “A document for a system that “identifies tasks needing to be accomplished. It details resources required to accomplish the elements of the plan, any milestones in meeting the tasks, and scheduled completion dates for the milestones.”

POAMs are used across many different groups in an organization including IT, risk management, governance, risk, and compliance. POAM also applies to the CMMC ecosystem, including Organization Seeking Certification (OSC). As OSCs prepare for a CMMC certification assessment, they must consider any existing POAMs that currently have, understand how CMMC 2.0 defines acceptable POAM criteria, and how POAMs impact certification efforts.

How Does CMMC Define POAM?

CMMC defines a POAM as a document to remediate deficiencies and the respective timeframe for doing so. “The POAMs purpose is to identify, assess, prioritize, and monitor the progress of corrective efforts for security weaknesses found in an organization’s programs and systems.” (CAP)

The legitimacy and validity of a prospective POAM will be decided by the Lead Assessor at the time of assessment closeout. The CAP provides a list of criteria that must be included in a credible and effective POA&M

Why are POAMs So important to CMMC?

POA&M’s can make or break an assessment. Understanding a few key requirements will help you navigate the use of POA&M’s during your CMMC assessment. CMMC 2.0 was revised to make accreditation obtainable in situations where certain POA&Ms may be necessary. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all practices will be eligible for a POA&M. According to the CMMC Assessment Plan (CAP) version 1.0 (https://cyberab.org/Portals/0/Documents/Process-Documents/CMMC-Assessment-Process-CAP-v1.0.pdf) the following points must be considered when discussing POA&M’s:

  • CMMC will allow conditional use of Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&M) to remediate practices that are not fully or successfully implemented.
  • POA&Ms will be strictly time-bound with a validity period of no more than 180 days from the Assessment Final Recommended Findings Briefing (Phase 3).
  • POA&Ms will not be allowed for the highest-weighted CMMC requirements (currently understood to be level 5 requirements
  • The Department of Defense has established a minimum-score requirement to support Certification.
  • The Certified CMMC Assessor will validate the following criteria for an OSC to satisfy the requirements for receiving a CMMC Level 2 Conditional Certification:
  • 80% of all CMMC Level L2 practices scored “MET” (Current CMMC L2 scoring would result in 88/110 Practices must be found as “MET”). In addition to that minimum score, “If any, practices on the POA&M Review fail to result in a score of ‘MET’, the Lead Assessor will recommend the OSC NOT be recommended for a CMMC Level 2 Final Certification”.
  • All POA&M items must meet the criteria in Appendix K, “CMMC Scoring with DoD Assessment Scoring Methodology” (Appendix K -TBD)
  • Pre-existing POAM’s are not allowed and can result in a CMMC 2.0 assessment failure.

Summary

Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving organism and POA&M’s can be expected as new procedures and tools are implemented. CMMC will allow POA&M’s on a conditional basis, however, POA&M’s will not be allowed for the highest-weighted CMMC requirements. Also, to qualify for the POA&M process, a minimum score must be met (88/110 or 80%) and all qualified POA&Ms require remediation within 180 days.

 

The CMMC 2.0 POAM process makes CMMC Certification far more attainable than the previous model. This allows OSCs to mitigate less severe issues within their CMMC environment and continue their CMMC certification journey.

 

Other aspects of POAMs are still being finalized. PGS will keep you up to date as these aspects are finalized, but it is safe to say that minor updates and enhancements should be expected until CMMC’s final rulemaking is complete.

 

Here at Provincia Government Solutions, we believe knowledge is power. We make sure to stay informed regarding all things CMMC and pass this expertise on to you.  We are here to help you earn your CMMC 2.0 certification. Your success is our success.

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Next Steps

Are you ready for Provincia Government Solutions to help you? If so, reach out to our team and let’s talk. We can put you are on the path to success!

Until then, be safe and stay secure!

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Provincia Government Solutions, LLC is a Nashville based HUBZone certified security and risk assurance firm with advanced expertise in government regulatory and compliance cybersecurity requirements including NIST, FISMA, CMMC, SCA, 800-171, TRICARE, MARS-E and ZTA (Zero Trust Architecture) solutions. Our client base includes  government agencies, contractors, and commercial organizations affiliated with government entities. Whether you are seeking audit preparedness, compliance and assurance assessments,  security consulting, or CMMC certification, we have the expertise to help.  Contact us at (615) 807-2822 or at info@provincia.io to discuss your security needs today. Consultations are free of charge and we look forward to speaking with you!

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