CMMC compliance is vital for any business that works with the Department of Defense (DoD). What does CMMC compliance entail? How does it effect your business? And how does CMMC 2.0 differ from CMMC? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.
CMMC is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. It is a certification developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) that assesses the cybersecurity posture of contractors who work with the DoD. At its core, CMMC is a set of best practices for cybersecurity that businesses must implement in order to work with the DoD.
While it can seem complicated, making sure your business is CMMC compliant is crucial to keeping your data and systems safe.
CMMC 2.0 is different from CMMC in a few key ways:
With these changes, CMMC 2.0 aims to better protect DoD information and improve the security posture of contractors working with the department.
Any business that wants to work with the DoD must be CMMC certified. This includes businesses of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations, government contractors and subcontractors. In order to get CMMC certified, businesses must go through an assessment process conducted by a CMMC-certified assessor.
Certain businesses may include CMMC certification as a requirement in their request for proposals (RFPs). If you are one of the following businesses, you must be CMMC certified:
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There are three levels of CMMC certification, each with its own set of requirements. The level that your business must achieve is determined by the type of data you will be handling.
Only businesses engaged in the protection of FCI are required to take this exam. It only applies to businesses focused on FCI protection. Level 1 will be based on FAR 52.204-21’s 17 basic safeguards for safeguarding covered contractor information and will focus on protection of FC I.
In CMMC 1.0, this is the same as level one.
The CMMC 2.0 Level 2 (Advanced) requirements will mirror NIST SP 800-171 and eliminate all unique methods and maturity procedures from the CMMC. In their place, Level 2 adheres to the 14 levels and 110 security controls defined by the National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST) for CUI protection.
This is similar to CMMC 1.0 level three.
Focused on reducing the risk from APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). Level three is for businesses who are working on DoD’s most important projects. The DOD has yet to define the precise security standards for Level 3 (Expert), but it has stated that they will be based on NIST SP 800-171’s 110 controls plus a subset of NIST SP 800-172 controls.
This level is similar to CMMC 1.0 level 5.
The first step in becoming CMMC certified is to find a CMMC-certified assessor. The CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) maintains a list of all CMMC-certified assessors on their website.
Once you have found an assessor, they will conduct an assessment of your business to determine which CMMC level you need to achieve.
After the assessment, you will receive a report detailing the requirements for each CMMC level. Once you have achieved the required CMMC level, you will be issued a certificate.
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