What are the Five Levels of CMMC Certification?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework of regulations is a relatively new governing document that brings together several cybersecurity and risk management requirements to streamline security and compliance for agencies and contractors in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) supply chain. 

Even though this framework is not, as of yet, required by all DoD agencies, its roadmap suggests that it will become a requirement in the coming years.

Central to CMMC regulations are five security levels, each of which determines the kinds of data a contractor can manage in their systems. These levels are distinguished by an escalating series of requirements in terms of an organization’s technical capabilities and abilities. 

 

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Automation and Risk Management

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Compliance and risk management aren’t the same, but they are closely aligned with one another. Companies operating with IT and data-intensive technologies and industries must attend to the reality that risk of breach, damage, or data loss exists in their system and that they will almost always have to manage the balance between optimized business goals and security and compliance requirements. 

Risk management, however, can be a simpler and more streamlined process with the use of automated tools. Here, we’ll introduce how automation speaks to risk assessment and management. 

 

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What is the Difference Between Cybersecurity and Compliance?

Cyber Security and Compliance

Words like cybersecurity and compliance are often interchangeable without much care taken with how they differ. But make no mistake: while they are related practices, both are different approaches to a common problem of cybersecurity threats. 

Here we break down the differences and, more importantly, why these differences are important for when you have to meet compliance requirements or undergo audits. 

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