NIST & PCI Compliance Services: Trust the IT Experts in the DC Metro Area

Department of Defense logoBusinesses are at the heart of what keeps America's economy moving. And if your business accepts credit card payments, you need to prepare for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). While PCI compliance isn’t legally required throughout the United States, you could face fines from credit card companies if you aren’t compliant.

Additionally, if your business does work for the Department of Defense (DoD), you're on a deadline to achieve Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Luckily, Computer Services Unlimited, Inc. can help DoD contractors meet CMMC compliance and other businesses get PCI compliant, so you can worry about keeping your business—and America—running.

CSU's compliance services don't just end with CMMC and PCI DSS requirements. We can also help you with standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). And while that all sounds like a confusing bowl of alphabet soup, CSU makes the process of achieving cybersecurity compliance easy.


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Why Are Compliance Services Important to a Business?

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Navigating the intricate landscape of compliance regulations, especially in the context of CMMC, NIST, and PCI compliance, among other standards, is a pivotal aspect of safeguarding your business against potential risks and threats. The ever-evolving nature of these compliance requirements, particularly for businesses operating in the federal government and private sectors, necessitates a comprehensive understanding of the implications and benefits of NIST and PCI DSS compliance, alongside achieving CMMC levels that align with your organizational needs.

Businesses that are non-compliant with these standards risk losing existing DoD contracts and receiving hefty fines from credit card processors. In addition, new agreements will not be issued for non-compliant companies, leading to significant financial losses.

You don't want to risk losing essential contracts due to a lack of proper security practices. CSU can help with attaining NIST and PCI compliance, as well as other IT services.

Beyond the financial aspect of complying with several federal agencies, it's a good business practice to ensure your networkdata, and backups are keeping your business safe.

Cyber activity cost $8 trillion globally in 2023, and is expected to reach $10.5 trillion in 2025. Don't let cybercrimes affect your business! Contact CSU today to see how we can help protect your business.

The Compliance Services Your Business Needs

From compliance reporting portals to vulnerability scans, our multifaceted approach empowers your organization to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks, thereby fostering a secure and resilient operational environment.

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Regulatory Compliance Assessments

Not sure which compliance requirements apply to your business? We offer meticulous regulatory compliance assessments tailored to your business's unique industry and operational needs, ensuring you adhere to necessary standards while maintaining optimal efficiency. These assessments are designed to provide comprehensive insights into the compliance requirements needed for your business, enabling you to navigate the complex regulatory landscape with confidence and clarity.

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Data Security Solutions

Do you know if you’re storing credit card data correctly? Do you restrict physical access to cardholder data? If you answered “No” or “I have no clue,” we can help! Our data security solutions go beyond conventional measures, offering proactive and adaptive protection against evolving cyber threats. With a focus on personalized and customer-centric service, these solutions will help you safeguard sensitive information and operate in a secure and resilient environment.

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Compliance Reporting Portal

Whenever you need to submit information or review where you are at with NIST or PCI compliance, visit our reporting portal. This portal serves as a centralized platform for streamlined reporting and documentation of compliance activities. This user-friendly portal simplifies the process of maintaining compliance records, allowing you to efficiently manage their regulatory obligations with ease and precision. No more scrounging through filing cabinets to answer assessment questionnaires!

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Vulnerability Scans

Internal and external vulnerability scans are designed to proactively identify potential risks and vulnerabilities within an organization's IT infrastructure. By conducting comprehensive scans, businesses can fortify their security measures, minimizing the likelihood of cyber threats and breaches, thus ensuring a robust defense against potential security incidents. By mitigating these risks, you increase your chances of becoming PCI DSS compliant.

Is Your Business Ready for Certification?

The inevitability of compliance standards underscores the importance of readiness and preparation. At CSU, we acknowledge the significance of guiding businesses through the certification process, instilling confidence and assurance in their compliance journey. Our experts, well-versed in the nuances of compliance frameworks, stand ready to support your organization in every step towards achieving and maintaining compliance standards, serving as your trusted ally in navigating the intricacies of regulatory requirements.

How CSU, Inc. Can Help with Your Company’s Compliance

After over 30 years in the IT business, Computer Services Unlimited knows the importance of protecting against security breaches that leave your business vulnerable to cybercrimes. With our compliance services, we can ensure your network is protected against these issues, so you can focus on operating your business and not worrying about remaining compliant with the NIST cybersecurity framework or other regulatory bodies.

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When you need expertise in achieving and maintaining compliance with a range of standards, including PCI, CMMC, DFARS, NIST, ITAR, and GDPR, turn to us. Our comprehensive approach empowers businesses to navigate the complexities of regulatory requirements, ensuring adherence to industry-specific compliance standards and regulations.

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Level 1-3 CMMC Security Controls

With a focus on level 1-3 CMMC security controls, CSU encompasses a detailed approach to securing sensitive information and vital assets, such as account number. By implementing these controls, businesses can fortify their defenses against cyber threats and ensure compliance with CMMC standards, thereby fostering a secure operational environment.

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Advanced Breach Detection

Advanced breach detection enables businesses to proactively identify and respond to potential security breaches. This proactive approach to threat detection empowers organizations to mitigate risks and swiftly address security incidents, thereby enhancing overall resilience against cyber threats and decreasing the risk of data loss events.

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Deep Scan Ransomware Protection

Get deep scan ransomware protection that offers a robust defense against ransomware attacks, safeguarding businesses from the potentially devastating consequences of such incidents. By leveraging advanced scanning techniques, businesses can fortify their cybersecurity posture and protect critical data from ransomware threats that threaten their livelihood.

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24/7/365 Threat Monitoring

When you choose us, you get to take advantage of round-the-clock threat monitoring to ensure continuous vigilance against potential security incidents. This proactive monitoring approach allows businesses to detect and respond to threats in real time, minimizing the impact of security breaches and ensuring the ongoing security of their IT infrastructure and business data.

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Incident Response & Threat Removal

Another reason it’s smart to choose us is because of our comprehensive incident response and threat removal services. You’ll be empowered to swiftly address and mitigate security incidents. By leveraging our expertise and resources, CSU enables businesses to navigate security challenges effectively, ensuring prompt and effective resolution of potential threats.

Your business can't afford to be out of compliance with the new standards set by the DoD and the PCI Security Standards Council. Trust the local IT experts at CSU to bring your company into compliance and keep running your business without worry.

Contact us to learn how CSU can help you determine your certification level.

Our Compliance Methodology

CMMC, PCI, and NIST compliance are complicated, and not every business needs the same certification level or technology. We use proven processes and state-of-the-art technology to help companies to achieve compliance, no matter their industry or size of their business.

This five-step process ensures your business maintains the certification levels needed for compliance and protects you from costly cybercrimes that threaten to disrupt or take down your business.

When you partner with CSU, we will:

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1. Identify

First, we start by identifying your business's assets, and then we perform a risk assessment, including your:

  • Asset Management System
  • Business Environment Governance
  • Risk Management Strategy
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2. Protect

Second, we'll establish protocols to protect your business from cyber threats through:

  • Access Control
  • Awareness and Training
  • Data Security
  • Information Protection, Processes, and Procedures
  • Maintenance
  • Protective Technology
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3. Detect

Next, we'll monitor your network and create alerts for any issues we may detect in the process, like:

  • Anomalies and Events
  • Security Continuous Monitoring Interruption
  • Detection Process Disturbances
  • Other Threats

4. Respond

If an issue with your compliance requirements is detected, our team will respond promptly and provide a full range of services to include:

  • Response Planning
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Mitigation
  • Improvements
  • Prevention
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5. Recover

Finally, we'll help you build back your business from any damage caused by not only providing data recovery but also provide suggestions for things like:

  • Future Recovery Planning
  • Network Improvements
  • Secured Communication

With DoD contracts running five years, a lot is at stake if you don't get it right. CSU will take the worry and the hassle out of getting certified—leaving you more time to focus on growing your business and winning contracts.

Get CMMC, NIST, and PCI Compliant with Confidence

When it comes to getting your business ready for CMMC, NIST, and PCI compliance, trust the experts at CSU! We'll provide the security, backups, and recovery you need to reach compliance and beyond. Our team will ensure your company meets the requirements necessary for DoD contractors and those who accept, transmits, or stores cardholder data.

Sign up below or call us at 703-968-2600 and let us help you prepare for compliance and be ready for whatever tomorrow may bring.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

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Our information is protected

Having a support company with the knowledge and experience dedicated to monitoring our systems is extremely important. With valuable information stored in our systems, such as private employee information and client information, constant monitoring ensures this information is protected and helps us eliminate unnecessary risks, which can be very costly and hurt our business. It gives us peace of mind knowing that CSU is alert-ed when any potential threats arise and allows them to take action to prevent any serious problems from escalating.

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FAQs About Compliance Services

Getting your business to be compliant with the various standards set fourth can come with a lot of questions. That’s why we have taken the time to address some of these questions here. Don’t see your question listed? Feel free to contact us at anytime!


CMMC is a certification framework developed by the DoD that measures a defense contractor's ability to safeguard Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) handled in the performance of DoD contracts. The CMMC reviews and combines various best practices of different cybersecurity standards—NIST SP 800-171, NIST SP 800-53, ISO 27001, ISO 27032, AIA NAS9933, and DFARS—into one cohesive standard for cybersecurity.

NIST compliance helps companies secure their data and networks to protect against data breaches and other cyber threats. Both NIST and CMMC compliance records controls and processes across several maturity levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced cybersecurity compliance.

Additionally, businesses cannot self-certify their data security standards. Instead, they must use a third-party assessment organization to perform a CMMC assessment, which means it is critical to hire an IT expert to assist with your network security.


As a business owner, you may wonder if the information you possess from your DoD contract is considered CUI.

According to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, CUI is information the government creates—or another entity creates for the government—that another agency handles.

Industries that may use CUI include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Defense
  • Export control
  • Finance
  • Law enforcement
  • Procurement and acquisition


Businesses in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) need to comply with NIST and CMMC if they possess, store, or transmit CUI or FCI.

However, if your company solely produces Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products, you do not need CMMC certification. The level of certification required for your business depends on the type and nature of information your company stores.

The CMMC framework ensures that the DIB sector implements security measures to protect FCI and CUI within their networks. Your business needs this compliance if it has or seeks any DoD contracts that contain CUI.

Suppose a data leak occurs because of your company's inadequate data management. In that case, it may require a reassessment of your CMMC certification. It could also ruin your reputation.


Businesses in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) need to comply with NIST and CMMC if they possess, store, or transmit CUI or FCI.

However, if your company solely produces Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products, you do not need CMMC certification. The level of certification required for your business depends on the type and nature of information your company stores.

The CMMC framework ensures that the DIB sector implements security measures to protect FCI and CUI within their networks. Your business needs this compliance if it has or seeks any DoD contracts that contain CUI.

Suppose a data leak occurs because of your company's inadequate data management. In that case, it may require a reassessment of your CMMC certification. It could also ruin your reputation.

Non-compliance with regulatory standards can have severe ramifications for businesses, ranging from financial penalties and legal repercussions to reputational damage and operational disruptions. By partnering with CSU and leveraging our tailored compliance services, you proactively mitigate these risks, safeguarding your business from potential pitfalls and ensuring long-term resilience in an increasingly complex regulatory landscape.