What is CMMC Registered Provider Organization, and Why DoDs should work with them?

The acronym CMMC RPO means Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Registered Provider Organization, and despite its length, it’s a really straightforward concept.

The CMMC RPO label indicates that a company is “cyber-knowledgeable” and has a comprehensive mastery of CMMC criteria and processes.

It’s also a clear indicator that a corporation adheres to the CMMC-Code AB’s of Professional Conduct.

CMMC RPOs are primarily responsible for providing CMMC security consultation and support to firms seeking CMMC accreditation. The C3PAO is also referred to as CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organization. It is a comparable accreditation, but the critical distinction among the two is that the C3PAO may perform evaluations, but the RPO cannot.

What are the Qualifications to Become an RPO?

There are four conditions for moving forward with this accreditation, as per the official CMMC-RPO site:

Upon enrolling, obtain authorization from the CMMC-AB.

With the Accrediting Agency, execute the RPO agreement.

Must pass an organizational background investigation using Dun & Bradstreet data submitted to the CMMC-AB and have a DUNS code.

In all instances, a minimum of one Registered Practitioner (RP) must be affiliated with the RPO.

Let’s understand the process of registering with CMMC RPO.

There is a four-step registration process for CMMC RPO.

There is some effort required in becoming a recognized expert on all things cybersecurity and formally recognized as an authorized provider of the CMMC regulation consultancy.

The following is a detailed explanation of how the RPO registration procedure works:

Step 1: These “US citizen-owned” businesses don’t have their certification given to them on a silver platter; they must go through a rigorous online filing procedure and pass a credit check. And that’s only the start of the procedure.

Step 2: Next, you’ll need to hire and teach a CMMC qualified practitioner. This is the person who will be in charge of everything related to the RPO after it has been legally authorized. The CMMC training is online, and depending on the needs and expectations of the company, more than one RP can be trained.

Step 3: After the RP has been taught, a new background check must be conducted on that person. Every RP who completes the program must be checked.

Step 4: Step 4 is straightforward: it’s when it all fits all together, and your enrollment is done. Once an organization reaches this position, its license is valid for one year, and it must pay a $5000 yearly fee.

What Are the Advantages of Working as an RPO?

The RPO program was created to allow firms to conduct CMMC counseling without needing to be an authorized advisory provider.

That’s a significant benefit, but there are a couple of other advantages to signing up for the RPO:

  • With a CMMC-AB supplied logo, authorized to identify the organization as conversant with the core structures of the CMMC Code.
  • Provide CMMC Consulting Services that aren’t accredited.
  • You have been accepted to the CMMC-AB Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Registered on the CMMC-AB Marketplace.