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Kieri Compliance Documentation (KCD)

Kieri Solutions offers a licensable set of 800-171, DFARS 252.204-7012, and CMMC compliance templates called the Kieri Compliance Documentation (KCD). This is a holistic and user-friendly cybersecurity program which is designed for small and medium networks (less than 1000 users).

We bought the KCD package and so far we have found that it was well worth the cost and would have cost us 10x more to write it ourselves incorrectly.

Roman, Performance Automation Solutions

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Why is the KCD different from all other compliance documentation products?

The KCD does three key things differently:

1) Behavior stacking – This is a critical principle for building new habits. Essentially, you need a trigger to remind you to do compliance tasks. As we wrote the KCD and identified best practice methods to meet each requirement, we linked each action to a scheduled activity. Under our program, your IT department only needs to remember to start a weekly maintenance task and the rest follows with just-in-time procedures and reminders.

2) No blanks – We don’t think it is fair to give you empty templates and hope you “figure it out.” Instead, our compliance templates are fully written for a functional, small, IT department that is performing all the requirements for CMMC Level 2. You can model your efforts to these best practices, or modify them to fit you. Our clients (including Fortune 500 companies) tell us that the examples in the KCD and our training library are a masterclass on how to perform CMMC efficiently.

3) Actionable statements. You won’t see regurgitations of the requirements like “The organization identifies authorized users, processes, and devices” in the KCD anywhere. That doesn’t help companies pass their assessment. Instead, the KCD says HOW each requirement is performed: “We identify authorized users by following the process for new user onboarding in Administrative Processes, Section 2.1. The CIO authorizes the user after reviewing their Account Request Form, background screening, training, and user agreements, to ensure they meet requirements for access. All authorized users and their authorizations are tracked in the Account Management Database.” Isn’t that a better way to do things?

What is included?

1. All the documents your IT department needs to perform CMMC Level 2 or 800-171 compliance.

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2. Training library with 40+ hours of videos and newsletters

(Screenshot of training library from April 2024)

3. Support from Kieri Solutions experts

Each month, we invite our subscribers to live recorded Q&A sessions. We also publish a monthly newsletter with the latest news about CMMC and useful reminders.

Each license comes with three free check-ins with our assessors. Talk with an expert 1-on-1. Happy to discuss any 800-171, DFARS 252.204-7012, or CMMC topic. If you’d like, we can also add customization services or additional consulting to get you compliant faster!

You will be speaking with Certified CMMC Assessors who have experience in real CMMC assessments and helping companies comply with CMMC. We are carefully watching CMMC’s progression and will give you the information you need to prepare smartly.

The KCD provides a kick-start for companies that don’t have compliant policies, procedures, system security plan, and user agreements because it is pre-written with reasonable best practices and gives prescriptive (but easily customizable) instructions on how to perform each requirement. This program emphasizes record-keeping and processes that generate proof that they are performed over time.

The KCD is the ONLY set of CMMC compliance templates that includes best-practice sample answers and instructions for every requirement. Our clients tell us that the KCD 1) keeps them from over-thinking requirements, 2) meshes together policy, procedure, databases, and system security plan in an efficient, repeatable way, 3) is a master-class on how to succeed at CMMC Level 2.

The KCD comes with the full support of the Kieri team. We want you to pass your CMMC assessment! Included is a full library of training videos, monthly newsletters, Ask Me Anything webinars, and three free check-ins with our practicing CMMC / 800-171 assessors.

The KCD is battle-tested: we used this program to pass our CMMC assessment by the DoD. Right now, more than a hundred companies are using the KCD to become and remain compliant with NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC Level 2.

Request a quote or a demo for the KCD!

Dawson has been pursuing NIST/CMMC compliance since 2016. Even though we met all of the security objectives on our network, the documentation process has been challenging. Interpreting the documentation requirements seems to be a moving target. Many vendors offer documentation packages, but none of them have ever been audited specifically for CMMC v2.0, as far as we could tell. The Kieri documentation set scales to any size company and lays out the roadmap with video explanations. They passed their audit as a C3PAO, which gives them a ton of credibility in my book. If you’re tired of the fear based approach to CMMC, I strongly recommend Kieri.

Andrew Riehemann, CIO (CISSP), Dawson Ohana

As one of your new subscribers, I wanted to share with you my sense of relief, almost elation, at using your system. It is fantastic. My team and I just started digging into the policies, and comparing them with those we have already in place, cross referencing, etc. The templates are such a help to us. Thank you!

A. Carmichael, Measurement Technology

Your KCD documentation is well designed. I reviewed it with our IT implementer, and he felt it was easy to understand and will make his job of implementation easier.  Thank you for keeping it simple. It has been my experience that people throw words at a solution instead of thought.  You have created a well-thought-out package.

V. Delaney, Continuous Process Improvement Systems, LLC (CPISys)

FAQs about the Kieri Compliance Documentation:

  • What is the KCD? KCD stands for Kieri Compliance Documentation. It is a package of policies, procedures, user agreements, and partially pre-written compliance docs (like a system security plan) designed to help you operate your IT department in compliance with CMMC Level 2. The KCD is meant to be used with networks with less than 1,000 users, and works especially well for enclaves.
  • Why should I choose the KCD instead of other for-sale documentation? The KCD prioritizes ease-of-use and simplicity. It is not “enterprise class” – meaning that we use small words and expect only 1-2 people to be involved in reviewing it, not a full team of executive staff and lawyers. The KCD is designed for CMMC Level 2 and does not try to multi-task for other cybersecurity frameworks. We have added real-world examples wherever possible to illustrate best practices, to include partially writing the system security plan for you. Finally, this documentation package is battle tested – it is based on the same policies and procedures that we used to pass our CMMC assessment.
  • I’m thinking about buying the documents. How can I see some examples? Check our KCD demonstration video (either scroll up or watch it on YouTube here). We review samples of several documents and discuss how the program works.
  • How much does the KCD cost? A lifetime license to the KCD costs $5,200.
  • I’m too busy to deal with documentation. You should consider adding some consulting so that your documentation gets done. If you buy a license, we can offer a discounted consulting package of 25 hours. This is just enough time to explain and quickly customize each document for you (if you are a typical small or medium business). We also offer full-fledged CMMC preparation projects to fix everything that can be fixed without migrating technical systems.
  • Can I just download all the templates, leave them as-is, and pass CMMC or NIST SP 800-171? No, but we wish it were that easy. Using this package will save your organization at least 200 hours of work compared to creating the documents from scratch (that’s an impressive cost saving), but there is still some work left to do. Our most successful clients also request consulting to customize policies, create a Plan of Action, do a first pass on your System Security Plan, and demonstrate how to perform Change Management and the Maintenance Checklist.
  • We don’t use Microsoft 365 for our enclave or information system. Will the KCD still work for us? Yes. The KCD does not assume that you have any specific technology or automation, other than the ability to edit spreadsheets and word documents. In almost all cases, it references technologies with non-vendor-specific terms like “file share.” It’s easy to modify the policies and procedures to list your specific solutions. As a bonus, we have lots of example answers throughout the templates. Most of the examples are for a Microsoft 365-based enclave, so if you use that, you can accept the examples without much alteration. In short: Yes, any technology is fine!
  • I’m going to buy the KCD. How would we get started? The “Overview of Kieri Compliance Documentation” document (available without a subscription) provides the recommended order to review, customize, and implement the KCD in your organization. The summary steps are: 1) Create standard locations to store records and track your work. 2) Review and customize policies. 3) Create your Plan of Action based on policy items you aren’t doing. 4) Start formal Change Management and weekly Cybersecurity Maintenance procedures. 5) Update your inventories. 6) Update procedures as you perform them. 7) Update the System Security Plan to describe your implementation of each requirement.
  • What is Change Management? Change Management is a formal program of controlling the actions of your privileged users so that when they build a new solution or replace a system, they make sure the changed system is CMMC-compliant before it goes into production. This handles the CMMC requirements that require specific settings and capabilities to be enabled (like firewalls).
  • What is the Cybersecurity Maintenance Checklist? We have developed a proprietary checklist of activities that need to be performed on a schedule in order to be compliant with CMMC. The checklist includes tasks that are performed weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, and annually. You can customize this checklist to increase or reduce frequency of tasks based on your specific environment (bigger environments should do some tasks more often). We have found that using this checklist is the most effective way to get an IT department to do compliance activities consistently. This handles the CMMC requirements that require regular monitoring and oversight.
  • Why does the KCD include IT Department databases? Careful record keeping is needed to demonstrate that you are performing the requirements of CMMC. You need to maintain records about your privileged users, your regular users, the hardware you use on your network, your software, any cyber incidents, changes you make, patching, etc. (the list goes on). Our IT Department databases let you create a place to organize these records. The database fields are carefully designed to gather information that is used for CMMC, such as whether mobile devices are authorized for CUI.
  • Can I share or resell the templates? The KCD is licensed to be used by a single legal entity. Each entity (such as a corporation) needs their own license to legally use the KCD. If you are a cybersecurity consultant, you are more than welcome to help your clients customize the KCD for their use. If you have many clients that would benefit from the KCD, please reach out to ask about our referral program. We do not offer white-label services at this time.
  • Can I get a CMMC Assessment from Kieri Solutions if I use the KCD? No, that would be a conflict of interest. We cannot consult for and assess the same company. Providing policy and procedure templates for sale is a form of consulting. If you are torn between the two options, remember, there is only one KCD. There are lots of assessment companies.
  • Can I get updated documentation if CMMC changes? We include a 12-month subscription to download the latest templates with your lifetime license purchase. You will have the option to extend this subscription for a small fee every year.
  • Do you label each policy with the CMMC practice it addresses? We do all the cross-referencing between documents in the System Security Plan. Because our policies don’t simply restate the practice requirement in vague language, but instead give more detail on how to perform requirements, it gets very cluttered if we try to tag practice IDs inside the policy. Example of SSP cross-mapping from Demo Video.
  • What if my information system is too complex and insecure to fix? Consider our Kieri Reference Architecture if you are at wit’s end with your current information system.

This is the best FIPS documentation we’ve ever seen.

– Kieri Solution’s DIBCAC Assessment Team

The best assessment we have conducted to date, bar none, leaps and bounds the best, was a five person company. They were well-prepared. They ate their own dog food – by that I mean they followed their own policies and practices and procedures. They were doing exactly what they said they were going to do. Five people.

– Mr. John Ellis – DIBCAC (in remarks shortly after Kieri Solution’s CMMC Level 2 assessment)

ALERT!!NIST SP 800-171 REV. 3

The draft of NIST SP 800-171 Rev. 3 was released in May 2023.

Rev. 3 is a significant change to cybersecurity requirements for DoD contractors. However, the document will not be finalized until early 2024. We don’t expect CMMC to enforce the new requirements until at least 2025 or later. Rev. 3 is different enough that if you prepare for Rev. 3 exclusively, you will miss some requirements from Rev. 2!

Expect to be assessed against 800-171 Rev. 2 at least once before the transition to Rev. 3 occurs. You still need a compliance program that supports 800-171 Rev. 2.

What about the Kieri Compliance Documentation???

We are already updating the KCD to incorporate the Rev.3 changes!!

When you purchase a license, you get a free 12 month subscription to updates. We are already building the updated set of documentation, which will be ready before Rev.3 is finalized. So don’t worry, the KCD will support both Rev. 2 and Rev. 3!

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