Leveraging Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for CMMC 2.0
Following the announcement of the Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification programme (CMMC) 2.0 by the US Department of Defense (DoD) in November 2021, businesses have been forced to fast track their cyber security development and increase their budgets.
This reworked CMMC is designed to improve cyber security resilience and standards throughout the DoD’s supply chain as well as effectively safeguard sensitive information and improve accountability. Based upon the NIST SP 800-171 and SP 800-172 practices, businesses that are required to meet levels 1, 2, or 3 of this new framework will have to review their cyber security programme imminently and make the necessary changes.
At Wizard Cyber, many of our clients have been affected by these upcoming changes to CMMC. Endpoint protection has been a key concern and is an area that is often neglected by businesses. Thankfully, there is a cost-effective and powerful solution: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
By leveraging the power of the cloud and state-of-the-art AI and machine learning, Defender for Endpoint is able to scale seamlessly to your organisation’s size and growth trajectory as well as provide threat intelligence capabilities. It also offers vulnerability management, endpoint detection and response, mobile threat defence, and much more.
Using a Managed Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution to meet CMMC 2.0 controls
Whilst Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a powerful cyber security solution, it does need to be managed properly to be truly effective. When considering the CMMC 2.0 controls, this is even more important. It’s not enough to implement Defender for Endpoint, it has to be properly managed and maintained.
At Wizard Cyber, we have created CYBERSHIELD EDR for this exact purpose. CYBERSHIELD EDR is a complete managed service for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Supported by our Microsoft-certified analysts and our 24x7x365 global SOC, we are able to provide around-the-clock threat detection, identification, and response. We can also augment your threat intelligence capabilities with CYBERSHIELD TI to further improve your ability to meet CMMC 2.0 controls.
This enables you to meet several NIST SP 800-171 controls, namely 3.14.5, 3.8.6, and 3.8.7. These controls are specific to system & file scanning, storage encryption, and the use of removable media devices. It also assists with meeting other CMMC 2.0 controls, furthering your progress towards certification.
Saving money with a Managed Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution
As well as helping you meet your CMMC 2.0 requirements, a managed Microsoft Defender for Endpoint solution can save you enormous amounts of time, money, and resource.
Firstly, there’s no need to hire an extensive and experienced internal team to manage your environment. By utilising Wizard Cyber as your MSSP, you gain access to an extensive team of experts, offering 24x7x365 protection, for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.
Secondly, it greatly reduces the time and resources required to implement and maintain a CMMC 2.0 compliant endpoint protection system. Wizard Cyber handle all of this for you, freeing up time for your internal team to focus on other projects.
All in all, a managed Defender for Endpoint solution dramatically reduces the cost of meeting the required NIST SP 800-171/CMMC 2.0 controls associated with endpoint protection.