What is CMMC?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a tiered system in which defense contractors—or any organization with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must be vetted by a third-party assessor on a five-level scale to determine the maturity of their enterprise security. Simply stated, this requires companies that do business with the Department of Defense (DOD) to protect their data since it is critical to national security and America’s competitive military edge. CMMC requirements are an expanded and enhanced version of NIST SP 800-171 compliance. The 110 security controls established by SP 800-171 are the foundation of the 171 practices across 17 security domains required to reach the highest level of CMMC. Each Request for Proposal (RFP) will state the level of certification required to be awarded the contract. It is expected for CMMC Level 3 certification to be the de facto standard for most organizations to do business with the DOD—with Levels 4 and 5 reserved for more sensitive projects. The DOD is working on a DFARS rule change to incorporate CMMC into contracts by Fall 2020, although full roll-out is targeted for 2025.

A non-profit organization, the CMMC Accreditation Body has been established to oversee certification of Third-Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs), assessors who will serve as auditors. A certification is expected to be valid for three years.

How Can RedSeal Help with CMMC Controls?
RedSeal’s military-grade cyber terrain analytics platform helps automate 67 of the 171 controls in CMMC compliance. Many of the controls are tedious to complete and must be checked repeatedly at specific intervals determined by NIST 800-171. By using RedSeal, your team can quickly identify where your network has drifted out of compliance, allowing them to rapidly remediate identified misconfigurations without having to pore over hundreds of spreadsheets, reviewing tens of thousands of lines of firewall rules and access control lists to determine if you are still compliant.

Additionally, when it comes time for re-certification you can rest assured that your company is prepared for the audit because RedSeal has been continuously monitoring the configuration state of those 67 controls, allowing your network and cybersecurity teams to efficiently use their time keeping the business prepared and mission ready.

This comprehensive, continuous inspection allows RedSeal to report a risk-based audit of a network and then continuously monitor its security posture. Operators and leadership can track how defensive operations are trending over time via RedSeal’s Digital Resilience Score, which also measures vulnerability management, secure configuration management, and understanding of the network.

RedSeal’s platform shows you what is on your network, how it’s connected, and the associated risk. With RedSeal, you can visualize end-to-end access, intended and unintended, between any two points of the network to accelerate incident response. This visualization includes detailed access and attack paths for individual devices in the context of exploitable vulnerabilities to speed decision making during a mission.

RedSeal builds a complete model of your network—including cloud, SDN, and physical environments—using configuration files retrieved either dynamically or completely offline. It brings in vulnerability and all available endpoint information. Your teams will be able to validate that network segmentation is in place and configured as intended. RedSeal checks all devices to see if they comply with industry best practices and standards such as DISA STIGs and NIST guidelines. This proactive automation greatly reduces audit prep time (CCRI, others) and assists with speedy remediation.

RedSeal provides the DOD—as well as commercial, civilian, intelligence organizations—with real-time understanding and a model of their cyber terrain so they can discover, detect, analyze and mitigate threats and deliver resilience to the mission.

CMMC is an expanded and enhanced version of NIST SP 800-171 compliance.
The key differences are:
  • Enhanced controls for Levels 4 and 5
  • Requirement for third-party audit instead of self-certification
RedSeal helps automate 67 CMMC controls across 5 levels

Level 1 – 5 of 17

Level 2 – 31 of 72

Level 3 – 48 of 130

Level 4 – 60 of 156

Level 5 – 67 of 171

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Late 2019Jan 2020Summer 2020Fall 2020
DOD releases draft CMMC levels and associated NIST controls for feedback

Announces nonprofit in charge of certifying third-party auditor

CMMC Levels and requirements released

Program to certify auditors underway

CMMC requirements appear in DOD RFIs

Third party auditors begin CMMC certification assessments

DOD contractors must be certified to bid on RFPs as early as September

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