What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification?
We have all lived in the hype around cybersecurity and how if we do not concentrate, it can become our nightmare, one where even the best corporate securities and government will not be able to intervene. There is no need for any proof or statistics to prove the threat: Cyber attacks are our reality.
What is CMMC?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is comes as a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB). (CMMC) is a new cybersecurity requirement for DoD contractors and subcontractors which is specifically designed to protect the handling of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
Previously, contractors were liable for implementing, monitoring, and certifying the security of their information technology systems and any sensitive DoD information stored on or transmitted by those systems. Contractors remain liable for implementing critical cybersecurity requirements, but the CMMC changes this paradigm by requiring third-party assessments of contractors’ compliance with certain mandatory practices, procedures, and capabilities that can adapt to new and evolving cyber threats from adversaries.
There are five levels and each has a set of supporting processes and practices. An organization has to meet these processes and practices to be certified for that level.
CMMC Level One concentrates on basic cyber hygiene: It is the base of the cybersecurity maturity model certification levels and all organizations must pass it for certification. The audit for this level will check to ensure the requirements are performed. This is also the only level where process maturity is not addressed. It only requires that the practices are implemented and maintained.
Level Two focuses on intermediate cyber hygiene which requires a more advanced set of cybersecurity protocols. This gives an organization improved abilities to protect against security breaches.
A Level Three assessment will demands an organization to have a good cyber hygiene and implemented NIST SP 800-171 Rev 1 security requirements. The model is designed to help companies plan, implement, and maintain the protocols. It also requires the organization to constantly review their adherence to security procedures.
A company ready for a Level Four assessment will have a substantial cybersecurity system that is proactive. This means that the company is able to adapt its security to meet APTs by changing TTP (tactics, techniques, and procedures).
By the time a company is ready for Level Five Assessment the cybersecurity program is progressive or advanced. The maturity process for Level Five is for the company to ensure that the cybersecurity protocols are established throughout the organization.
The goal is for CMMC to be cost-effective and affordable for small businesses to implement at the lower CMMC levels.
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