Cybersecurity Maturity Maturation Certification (CMMC)


The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a major Department of Defense (DoD) program built to protect the defense industrial base (DIB) from increasingly frequent and complex cyber-attacks. It particularly aims to enhance the protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) and federal contract information (FCI) shared within the DIB.

The CMMC framework provides a set of best practices and processes for organizations to follow in order to protect their data and systems. The certification is administered by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is required for all DoD contractors.

CMMC is important because it helps the DoD and the DIB to address the evolving cyber threats that pose significant risks to national security. By implementing CMMC, the DoD and the DIB can improve their cybersecurity posture, reduce vulnerabilities, and increase trust and confidence in their operations. CMMC also provides a clear and consistent framework for contractors to understand and meet their cybersecurity obligations. 

CMMC consists of three progressive levels of cybersecurity maturity: Level 1 (Basic), Level 2 (Advanced), and Level 3 (Expert). Each level has a set of practices and processes that contractors must implement to achieve that level. The level required for a contract depends on the type and sensitivity of the information involved. For example, contracts that involve only FCI require Level 1, while contracts that involve CUI require Level 2 or Level 3 . 

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The CMMC process takes time.

Step 1:  Identify your CMMC Level

Step 2:  Perform a self-assessment

Step 3:  Create a plan of action and milestones.

Step 4: Undergo an assessment by an independent CMMC third-party assessor organization (C3PAO) accredited by the Cyber AB (formerly CMMC Accreditation Body).

The C3PAO will evaluate the contractor’s technical security controls, documentation, policies, and processes against the CMMC criteria for the target level. The C3PAO will then issue a certification that validates the contractor’s compliance with the CMMC requirements. 

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Safeguard FCI and CUI from unauthorized access, disclosure, or misuse. This includes encrypting data at rest and in transit, implementing access control policies, using secure devices and networks, and applying security patches and updates.


Have plans and procedures to restore operations in case of a disruption or disaster caused by natural or man-made events. This includes backing up data regularly, having alternative sites or systems, testing recovery capabilities, and training staff on emergency response. 


Cybersecurity incidents or breaches affecting your systems or data need response. This includes identifying roles and responsibilities, establishing communication channels, reporting incidents to relevant authorities, containing and analyzing threats, and mitigating impacts.

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