Core Solutions & The Nebraska MEP present

Cybersecurity Webinars

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Core Business Solutions are Cybersecurity Consultants that work with MEP centers throughout the USA.

This webinar series is designed to discuss subjects that can help small manufacturers protect their data and build customer trust. Cybersecurity risks grow every year. Core Business Solutions helps organizations understand and implement effective cybersecurity protections that meet industry standards.

The webinars will take place on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 2 pm Central Time. The dates, subjects and links are listed below:


April 18, 2024

Topic: Decoding CMMC: A Step-by-Step Compliance Roadmap

Description: Unpack the complexities of CMMC compliance with a clear, step-by-step roadmap. From scoping to certification, this session lays out each phase, helping you navigate the path to compliance with confidence.


March 21, 2024

Topic: CMMC 2.0: Navigating the Latest Updates and What They Mean for You

Description: Stay ahead of the curve with insights into the latest CMMC 2.0 updates, including the impact of the revision of NIST SP 800-171 (Rev 3). Understand the changes, anticipate new requirements, and learn how your business can smoothly transition to the updated standards.


February 15, 2024

Cybersecurity Essentials: Toolkit for Small Business

Dive into the critical digital tools that form the cybersecurity backbone for small enterprises. This session demystifies the technical jargon and focuses on practical, accessible solutions that provide robust protection without complexity.

November 16, 2023

CMMC Assessments: What to Expect

To become CMMC Level 2 certified, you'll need to pass a CMMC assessment by a 3rd-party assessment company called a C3PAO.  CMMC assessments are highly detailed and require demonstrable evidence that you meet each of the NIST SP 800-171 controls.  In order to be certified, all 320 control objectives must be met. 

In this session we'll be pulling back the curtain on a CMMC assessment.  We'll be uncovering important details such as:


   1. How is a CMMC assessment conducted and who will need to participate?

   2. What objective evidence will the assessor look for?

   3. How long will a CMMC assessment take and what will it cost?

   4. How should you choose your C3PAO to conduct the assessment?

   5. Who will make up the CMMC assessment team?


Join us as we peek into the details of a CMMC assessment to help you be well prepared.

October 19, 2023 at 1:00pm CST

CMMC With No IT Staff

Webinar Description:

One thing is very apparent with CMMC, it is very technical and will require a high degree of technical skill to do it properly.  But, many small businesses don't have a dedicated IT staff, or their IT team has no hands-on experience with meeting technical standards.  How can a business with limited or no IT staff achieve CMMC certification?


In this session, our team will explain the technical resources and skills needed to prepare for a CMMC certification.  We'll address:


   1. Which CMMC requirements involve technology and which are organizational processes?

   2. What technical decisions will companies face when preparing for CMMC?

   3. In what cases can an external IT expert be helpful?

   4. Can CMMC certification be achieved without an IT staff on the payroll?

   5. What are the pros and cons of hiring your own IT staff?


Join this informative session as we discuss the "IT skills-gap" common to so many small businesses.


September 21, 2023 at 1:00pm CST

How to Keep CMMC Affordable

Webinar Description:

For most small businesses, CMMC can become a significant cost in time and money.  While it might be considered a cost of doing business with the DoD or prime defense contractors, the ROI can quickly dwindle unless the most affordable options are investigated.  This includes various technology alternatives as well as the most efficient processes.
In this webinar, we'll be discussing the costs associated with CMMC certification and where the biggest savings can be found.  This will include:
   1. The importance of an accurate self-assessment to reveal true gaps
   2. The impacts of workflows and scope
   3. The choices between upgrading your existing network vs. utilizing a separate enclave to control CUI
   4. What to handle with internal resources and when to use external 3rd-parties
   5. How to design your CMMC program for efficiency and cost over the long term.
Please join us as we discuss practical ways to save money on your CMMC certification investment.

August 17, 2023

The Heavy Lift of CMMC – Documentation


Webinar Description: 

To successfully pass a CMMC assessment, you'll not only need to have the right technologies and follow the right processes, but you'll have to show your compliance through documentation.  The CMMC assessors have been trained that "if it's not documented, it doesn't exist".  Proper documentation will be one of the major focuses during your CMMC assessment.

In addition to a System Security Plan (SSP), you'll also need to have policies, diagrams, and numerous evidence artifacts to show during your assessment.  In this webinar, we'll lay out a plan to properly document your CMMC program including:

   1. What specific documents need to be developed to meet CMMC requirements?

   2. What is a Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM) and how should it be used?

   3. How many policies and procedures are needed?

   4. How should policies be organized and what topics must be included?

   5. How should CMMC documentation be controlled and how often should they be updated?


Join us as we look through the various documents that need to be put in place to successfully pass a CMMC assessment.

July 20, 2023

How to Prepare a CMMC System Security Plan

One of the central documents needed for CMMC certification is your System Security Plan (SSP).  This detailed document spells out how each of the 110 requirements of NIST SP 800-171 (the foundational CMMC standard) are being met by your organization.  Your SSP will be one of the first things a CMMC assessor will review for certification and it needs to be done right.


This webinar will explain how to build a comprehensive SSP that addresses all of the requirements for CMMC Certification.  We'll cover the following:


   1. What is the purpose of an SSP and where do the requirements for this document come from?

   2. What are the topics to be addressed and how should it be organized?

   3. How detailed should it be for the assessment?

   4. Who should be responsible for developing and maintaining the SSP?

   5. How often should the SSP be updated?


April 20, 2023 | 1-2PM CST

CMMC 2.0 Update

In 2021, the DoD announced changes to the CMMC program as “CMMC 2.0”. In 2023, the government plans

to begin rolling out the requirement for formal CMMC certification through new contractual requirements. Soon,

CMMC certification will be a requirement for all defense-related contracts.

This webinar will review the latest updates from the DoD on CMMC 2.0. This will include:

1. Changes to the DFARS regulations on CMMC certification

2. How CMMC certification will be specified in DoD contract vehicles

3. The latest timeline for including CMMC in contracts

4. Who will be conducting CMMC assessments and how to contact them

5. What will need to be demonstrated during an assessment in order to be successfully certified

Please plan to join us for the latest updates on CMMC 2.0.

May 18, 2023 | 1-2PM CST

CMMC - How to Prepare

This year, CMMC starts to take effect. The requirements to become CMMC certified are stringent and can take

significant effort and expense. Due to the extensive assessment criteria, your company will need to be well prepared

for a successful certification.

In this session, we will walk through a roadmap for preparing for CMMC certification. We’ll be discussing:

1. What to include in your scope of certification

2. How to determine the gaps in your current IT technology

3. What skills will be needed on your team and how 3rd-parties can assist

4. How will management and employees need to be involved

5. What are the major milestones on the path to certification

6. How to map to NIST assessment objectives

We’ll be discussing how to get organized in your preparation toward CMMC certification. Please join us for this very practical conversation.

August 23

Demystifying Cybersecurity for Small Business

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Cybersecurity isn’t just for large companies with more resources.  Hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses to steal sensitive information and to ransom data.  Join this webinar to learn how you can simplify cybersecurity to fit your company and resources to better protect your company and your information. 

September 27

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats to Small Business

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Small businesses face numerous threats to their businesses in the world today. Cyber criminals are continuing to come up with ways to attack and compromise your business information.  Find out what are the top 5 risks that you should be aware of and how to be on the lookout.

October 18 

CMMC 2.0 is Coming.  What to do now.

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 CMMC has gone through many changes over the past few years. Join this webinar to hear about all the CMMC updates, what to expect in the future and what you can do now to prepare for CMMC 2.0

November 8

Developing a Cybersecurity Budget

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Cybersecurity tools can be expensive.  So how can you protect your business without breaking the bank.  Join this webinar to learn how to develop cybersecurity budget that fits with your business and your resources.

Feb. 16, 2023 | 1-2PM CST

CMMC Level 1 Explained  

CMMC Level 1 will be required by the majority of companies in the defense industrial base (DIB). For companies needing higher CMMC Levels (2 or 3), Level 1 is the place to start. This session will help you learn the following:

1. What requirements need to be met for Level 1?

2. What data and information needs to be protected?

3. What type of assessment will be required for Level 1?

4. How does Level 1 relate to current requirements for a Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) score? 5. When will CMMC Level 1 be required by the DoD? Please join us for this informative hour to ensure you are on the right track toward CMMC Level 1 compliance. 

March 16, 2023 | 1-2PM CST

FCI & CUI - What Is It and How to Protect It 

CMMC was developed in order to protect certain information and data related to DoD programs and contracts.

The CMMC certification Level (1, 2 or 3) required is determined by what type of defense-related information your

company handles. It is vital that you understand the information to be controlled and protected and, also what

steps you must take to meet CMMC requirements.

In this webinar, we will clarify the following:

1. What types of information is considered FCI or CUI and how should it be marked?

2. Where does FCI or CUI originate and how might you receive it?

3. How should protected information be handled, identified and controlled?

4. Which CMMC Level(s) will be required for FCI and CUI?

5. Will my organization need to be certified if it does not handle CUI?

Plan to join us to get a handle on the types of information to be controlled by your CMMC program.

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