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What is CMMC 2.0, and Why Must I Comply With it if I am a Small Business?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a framework developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that contractors and other organizations that handle sensitive information for the DoD have adequate cybersecurity controls in place. The CMMC framework includes three- levels of cybersecurity maturity, with Level 1 representing the most entry-level of cybersecurity and Level 3 representing the highest level, expert.
CMMC version 2.0 is the latest version of the framework, which was released in 2021. It includes several updates and improvements over previous versions, including:
- CMMC 2.0 streamlined model focuses on the most critical requirements. In addition, CMMC 2.0 reduces the model from 5 to 3 compliance levels and is aligned with NIST cybersecurity standards.
- A new certification process: CMMC 2.0 introduces a new certification process designed to be more streamlined and efficient. This process includes assessments and audits by third organizations accredited by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB).
- A focus on supply chain security: CMMC 2.0 includes a greater emphasis on supply chain security, with specific requirements for protection against the introduction of malicious software and other cyber threats through the supply chain.
If you are a small business that works with the DoD or handles sensitive information for the DoD, it is crucial to comply with CMMC 2.0 to protect your organization and your customers from cyber threats. Failure to comply with CMMC 2.0 could result in lost contracts and other negative consequences for your business.
In addition to helping protect your business and your customers, complying with CMMC 2.0 can also have other benefits, such as:
- Improved cybersecurity: By implementing the cybersecurity practices outlined in CMMC 2.0, you can improve your overall cybersecurity posture and reduce your risk of cyber incidents.
- Enhanced reputation: By demonstrating your commitment to cybersecurity through CMMC 2.0 compliance, you can enhance your reputation as a reliable and trustworthy business partner.
- Increased competitiveness: As more organizations begin implementing CMMC 2.0, compliance may become necessary for doing business with the DoD and other government agencies. Demonstrating compliance can increase your competitiveness and position your business for future growth.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 recently entered the Defense Department’s rulemaking process. The rulemaking process is the final step before it becomes an official requirement. However, despite questions about the industry’s cybersecurity capabilities and the challenging documentation process, defense companies could be required to comply with CMMC for new contracts as soon as May 2023.
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