Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a framework developed by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to enhance the cybersecurity posture of the defense industrial base (DIB). It establishes a standardized set of cybersecurity requirements for contractors and subcontractors that handle sensitive information for the DoD. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework is designed to protect sensitive information and control access to that information as it flows through the defense supply chain.

The CMMC compliance framework incorporates existing legislations like NIST SP 800-171, 48 CFR 52.204-21, and DFARS clause 252.204-7012.

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification establishes five certification levels that demonstrate a company’s cybersecurity maturity and reliability. These levels ensure that a company has the necessary capabilities to safeguard government information on their information systems. The primary objective of the CMMC is to enforce sufficient cybersecurity practices and processes. To protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) residing on the DIB’s network.

Key features of the CMMC framework include:

Five Maturity Levels: CMMC defines five maturity levels, ranging from “Basic Cyber Hygiene” to “Advanced/Progressive.” Each level corresponds to a set of cybersecurity practices and processes, with higher levels indicating a more mature cybersecurity posture.

Third-Party Assessment: Unlike previous regulations, CMMC requires contractors to undergo third-party assessments conducted by certified third-party assessment organizations (C3PAOs) to verify compliance with the specified cybersecurity requirements. These assessments provide independent validation of an organization’s cybersecurity practices.

Mandatory Certification: Organizations seeking to bid on DoD contracts must achieve the appropriate CMMC certification level based on the sensitivity of the information they handle and the nature of their work with the DoD. Certification demonstrates that an organization meets the required cybersecurity standards.

Scalable Requirements: CMMC is designed to be scalable and adaptable to different types of organizations and contracts within the defense industrial base. Contractors are expected to implement cybersecurity practices commensurate with the risks associated with their work.

Continuous Improvement: CMMC emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement in cybersecurity practices. Organizations are encouraged to regularly reassess and enhance their cybersecurity posture to address evolving threats and vulnerabilities.

Safeguarding Critical Assets through CMMC Compliance

In the complex IT/OT/IoT environment, enterprises often struggle with complete visibility and accurate tracking of their hardware assets (asset inventory). Which weakens policy enforcement and exposes them to security risks. To address this challenge, comprehensive visibility into hardware assets is crucial. Attackers often exploit blind spots through USB Human Interface Device (bad USB) emulating devices or physical layer network implants. Augmented by a comprehensive policy enforcement mechanism, organizations can enforce best practice policies and define strict rules for their systems.

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October 21st, 2020