Prepare Your Organization,

Protect All Confidential Information

Utilize the CMM as your North Star (direction) 


America’s SBDC has adopted the Cyber Security Maturity Model (of the CMMC) as the North Star (purposeful direction) to guide small businesses on the journey of cybersecurity and data breach protection activities.  The CMM is a collection of standards and practices to protect the confidential information of clients and the business. Utilization of the CMM  makes it easier for you to communicate your needs to product and service providers as well as share and learn effective practices with others. Keep in mind that the tool being provided to track CMM Level 1 conformance below is a formal method meant to assist in audits. 

Review Basic Cyber Hygiene for All Businesses Here First

Please Note: It’s OK if you don’t know all the answers to the questions. It is essential for you and the people helping you to understand what you don’t know. The information is only accessible to you. You may permit others to view the information so they can help you.

Advice will be given inline to help you answer questions, and a report will help you understand what you can do to protect what is important.

Getting Started

1. Registering an Account: It is vital to keep information about your company secure.  Cybersecurity Next Steps CMMC utilizes a platform hosted on a secure certified cloud to protect all your information.

2. We will ask you to use three-factor authentication to log in to protect your information. As part of this authentication, you will need to create what we are calling an “Entity Name” — this can be your company name, team name or any specific name you choose. If the entity name is already in use, you will need to choose a different name. Please view the help so you can best understand how to enter the software. If using email as the third factor a single-use six-digit code will be sent to that address

3. Get started with Next Steps CMMC

A special cyber and data breach liability insurance offering for clients is available: Click here.

Many clients have asked about cyber and data breach insurance availability. Insurance is not a substitute for cybersecurity and data protection but may help when you do your best and have a breach. 

Questions about First Steps or Next Steps CMMC?

Contact us at: or call 202-839-5563

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