The Cyber AB is the official accreditation body of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Ecosystem and the sole authorized non-governmental partner of the U.S. Department of Defense in implementing and overseeing the CMMC conformance regime.
Founded in January 2020 as The CMMC Accreditation Body, Inc., The Cyber AB is a Maryland-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. We exist to further the successful implementation of CMMC within the Defense Industrial Base in order to reduce digital risk to DoD's supply chains and contractor support infrastructure.
The Cyber AB does not receive any funding from the Department of Defense, nor any other governmental taxpayer resources. Our contract with DoD is a "no cost" contract, and our primary sources of revenue are the application and renewal fees that we receive from participants within the CMMC Ecosystem.
In short, the primary mission of The Cyber AB is to authorize and accredit the CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs) that conduct CMMC Assessments of companies within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). As CMMC is being brought into full operational status, however, our roles and responsibilities have been more expansive than just that.
Currently, The Cyber AB also manages the professional certification and training aspects of the CMMC Ecosystem, working with our partners to develop the curricula and examination protocols for CMMC Assessors and CMMC Instructors. This responsibility, however, will soon be "spun-out" from The Cyber AB as the Cybersecurity Assessor and Instructor Certification Organization (CAICO), which will become its own separate legal entity.
The Cyber AB is operated by a full-time professional staff that is accountable to, and overseen by, the organization's Board of Directors. Members of the Board serve in a voluntary, uncompensated capacity. The Cyber AB's support to CMMC is through a direct contract with the CMMC Program Management Officer (PMO) within the Department of Defense.