Vestige Digital Investigations, a leading U.S. cybersecurity company, is pleased to announce two employees are now CMMC Registered Practitioners (RP). Congratulations to Damon Hacker, MBA, CCE, CISA, CSXF, RP, President & CEO at Vestige; and Anthony Merlino, BA, CCE, CCO, CCPA, RP, Managing Director.

Mr. Hacker (top photo), based out of the Cleveland headquarters, is a founder of Vestige which opened in 2004;

Mr. Merlino joined Vestige in 2019 when the Vestige New York City office opened.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) developed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to ensure appropriate levels of cybersecurity controls and processes are adequate and in place to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) on DoD contractor systems.

Vestige is a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) and is pleased to directly employ the aforementioned Registered Practitioners (RP), ensuring that Department of Defense Contractors are receiving the most current and best CMMC recommendations.

Vestige earned Registered Provider Organizations (RPO) status in January. RPO’s are part of the CMMC ecosystem and provide advice, consulting and recommendations to their client contractors. RPOs are required to associate/hire Registered Practitioners (RP), who undergo training provided by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). This specialized training is designed to provide RP and RPOs with relevant information pertaining to the basic CMMC methodology. RPs and RPOs have expert awareness in service delivery of what it takes to become CMMC certified. Bound by a Professional Code of Conduct, RPs are Trusted Resources who can guide contractors who wish to maintain their valuable DoD contracts through the journey in becoming CMMC certified.



Vestige serves small, mid-size and large Fortune 500 corporations both nationally and internationally, helping professionals in the administrative, audit/finance, fraud examination, HR, IT, insurance, law enforcement, legal and risk management fields make educated and informed decisions about access and preservation of digital information and its security.

As Experts, Vestige offers a comprehensive knowledge of both the technical and legal aspects of CyberSecurity and Digital Forensics. Vestige Digital Investigations is headquartered near Cleveland, OH, with offices in Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY.




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