Penetration Testing and CMMC Compliance

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Penetration testing is an increasingly common security practice for many businesses using sophisticated IT or cloud systems. Under CMMC, penetration testing is even more important because achieving higher levels of responsibility and capabilities calls for some form of penetration testing. 

Here we’re discussing how penetration testing plays into CMMC regulations and when you can begin to expect it as a requirement. 

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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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