Wagman Manufacturing’s Journey to CMMC Compliance

Wagman Manufacturing, founded in 1959 by three generations of the Wagman family, has a rich history rooted in precision engineering. Starting from a humble one-car garage in Spry, the company has grown into a reputable establishment specializing in manufacturing components for various industries, including prosthetics, military, automotive, and HVAC. Over the years, Wagman has adapted to market demands, diversified its product portfolio, and remained committed to quality and innovation.

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Project
Wagman Manufacturing
Location
York, PA
Duration
Ongoing
Services
Networking Project, Cybersecurity

Challenges Prior to Partnering with BIG

Before partnering with Business Information Group (BIG), Wagman faced several challenges, particularly in cybersecurity. As a small business, they relied on off-the-shelf software for basic protection, lacked encryption measures, and had no email security protocols in place. Their processes were heavily paper-dependent, hindering efficiency and modernization efforts. With the increasing importance of cybersecurity, especially in government contract work, Wagman realized the need for a comprehensive solution to address their vulnerabilities.

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Journey Towards CMMC

Wagman’s journey towards cybersecurity compliance began when they recognized the necessity of aligning with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards. Understanding the complexity of this endeavor and the criticality of cybersecurity, the Wagman brothers, Chris and Craig, sought out a reliable partner. BIG stood out for its local presence, personalized approach, and expertise in IT security. In 2019, Wagman made the strategic decision to collaborate with BIG, opting for their services over hiring a full-time IT person.

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A Roadmap for Success

Since partnering with BIG, Wagman has been actively working towards CMMC compliance. The team, led by Craig and Chris Wagman, has integrated BIG’s solutions into their operations, leveraging them to meet the stringent cybersecurity requirements of their contracts. The first step began with undergoing a security assessment. Since then, Wagman has followed BIG’s roadmap suggestions and have implemented a SIEM, endpoint protection and upgraded their servers. They are also working with BIG to create their library of policies. Taking these steps is steadily progressing Wagman towards compliance.

Moreover, BIG’s on-site support and Managed Services ensures that any issues or concerns are promptly addressed, minimizing disruptions to Wagman’s operations.

Advantages and Recommendations

Apart from facilitating CMMC compliance, Wagman has discovered additional advantages in their partnership with BIG. The ability to resolve problems swiftly on-site has enhanced their operational efficiency and peace of mind. As satisfied customers, they have already recommended BIG’s services to other businesses, recognizing the value of a trustworthy and capable IT security partner. “BIG has made the transition into cybersecurity easy for us as a small company”, said Chris Wagman.

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Short-Term Goals and Advice for Similar Companies

Wagman’s short-term goals revolve around implementing smaller initiatives such as enhancing security policies, installing surveillance cameras, and establishing secure file storage areas. Their advice to other companies tackling similar cybersecurity challenges is clear: don’t try to tackle it alone. Partner with a trusted ally like BIG who can guide you through the process and improve your cybersecurity posture. “If other [manufacturers] want to stay in business, they’ve got to do it”, said Craig Wagman, speaking about CMMC. “Otherwise, you’re not going to have the work.”

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Conclusion

Wagman Manufacturing’s collaboration with Business Information Group exemplifies the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures, especially in industries like manufacturing with government contracts. By entrusting their cybersecurity needs to BIG, Wagman has not only embarked on the path to compliance but also fortified their competitive advantage in the market. As they continue their journey towards CMMC certification, Wagman stands as a testament to the transformative power of strategic partnerships in navigating the complexities of modern cybersecurity threats.

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BIG has made the transition into cybersecurity easy.

“BIG has made the transition into cybersecurity easy for us as a small company.”

Chris Wagman Co-Owner, Wagman Manufacturing

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