by Ian MacRae
President and CEO, E-N Computers
25+ years experience solving business IT problems in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
If you’re starting to search for a Registered Practitioner Organization in Virginia certified by The Cyber AB as a CMMC consultant, you’re taking a great early step toward certification.
The implementation date for the CMMC program is not far off, with the requirement expected to show up in defense contracts by Q1 2025. Are you ready for it? CMMC represents a significant investment by small defense contractors. For many of you, we expect that you’ll have to double your IT budget and allocate $30k to $50k for your audit. It’s also a significant time investment that takes at least 12 months to become audit-ready.
A good CMMC Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO) will help you make the most of that investment, guiding your on your journey so that you can avoid pitfalls that result in wasted time and money, frustration, or failing to pass your audit. They work with you to identify gaps in your IT, create and execute a corrective Plan of Action, and make sure you have all the documentation you need. While our CMMC consulting services are a great fit for smaller defense contractors, we realize we’re not a perfect match for everyone. With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of some of the best CMMC Registered Practitioner Organizations in Virginia.
E-N Computers is Registered Practitioner Organization with decades of experience meeting the IT needs of Virginia businesses. Other Virginia CMMC RPOs that we’re happy to recommend include NeoSystems, GRS Technology Solutions, First Column IT, C3 Integrated Solutions, and GuidePoint Security.
Best Virginia RPO for offloading your back office
Location: Reston, Virginia
NeoSystems provides back office outsourcing across several domains that require compliance expertise, such as accounting, human resources, and IT. They offer CMMC compliance consulting services as well as “secure work environments” that are designed to meet DFARS 7012 and CMMC requirements. Their stated goal is to “shift the burden” from you to them by providing the guidance, documentation, and technical platforms you need.
GRS Technology Solutions
Best DC-area Virginia RPO and IT provider with SOC 2 certification
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
GRS started out with the goal of supporting small businesses that struggled to comply with government regulations. In 2023, they achieved SOC 2 certification, rigorous proof of their commitment to protecting client information. They continue to work with firms throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area to maintain secure systems and prepare for CMMC.
First Column IT
Small and experienced Virginia RPO, with flawless ratings on Google
Location: Manassas, Virginia
First Column IT is a smaller MSP of less than 50 employees that was established in 2002. They provide cloud services, managed IT service, and advanced security services that includes CMMC consulting and compliance management. They work with companies between 10 and 150 employees and have nearly 30 5-star reviews on Google.
C3 Integrated Solutions
Microsoft Partner Virginia RPO that can directly sell GCC High licenses
Location: Arlington, Virginia
C3 Integrated Solutions is a CMMC, cybersecurity, and compliance expert and one of the original five Microsoft partners to provide GCC High licensing. In 2022, they merged with cybersecurity consulting firm Steel Root to create an end-to-end consulting and managed services company equipped to help defense contractors comply with CMMC.
Large cybersecurity company and Virginia RPO with broad experience
Location: Herndon, Virginia
GuidePoint Security is a large cybersecurity consulting company of over 800 employees, the majority of whom are experienced cybersecurity professionals. While CMMC consulting isn’t highly emphasized on their website, you will find it mentioned as part of their Governance, Risk, and Compliance offerings.
Virginia RPO specializing in small businesses
Location: Waynesboro, Virginia
Just so you know who is making the recommendations, here’s some information about us.
At E-N Computers, we focus on CMMC compliance and IT services for small businesses. We understand what a challenge it will be for a smaller business to become compliant without a huge budget. Or how different CMMC services are compared to the typical IT services offered by managed IT service providers.
We’ve designed our CMMC consulting services for small businesses as a collaborative process so that you feel confident and prepared for your assessment. Our two Registered Practitioners, Ian and Thomas, are IT and cybersecurity professionals who have both run a small business themselves.
We believe that CMMC will change the way you do business. Look at it as an opportunity to make improvements to your technology and processes. Contact us today to discuss your next steps.
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