Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification CMMC Requirements

Posted on June 19, 2021 by Benjamin Bressington

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification CMMC Requirements

Understand the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Requirements

This guide is designed to help you understand the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Requirements. This applies to CMMC Level 1, CMMC Level 2, CMMC Level 3, CMMC Level 4, CMMC Level 5, DFARS 7021, NIST800-171.

Who can use this CMMC Implementation Guide?

Any companies that need to implement CMMC for certification. Types of companies inlcude manufacturers, machine shops, DoD Contractors, Prime Subcontractors or third parties working with CUI data as part of their supply chain.

How can ChatFortress help you implement CMMC?

How to Implement a CMMC Audit/Assessment using CMMC Software Tool?

Here are the List of CMMC Requirements. You can choose from the list here for a more detailed explainer of what it means and how it applies.

We provide you with a CMMC Clarification- This is where we help you understand what this means and how it applies to your company. If you need further help, I'd recommend activating your ChatFortress Easy Compliance CMMC Assessment Tool because inside that tool; you will find more details on how to meet these CMMC Requirements.

CMMC Practice Requirement Questionnaire 

To help you understand the CMMC Gap Assessment I’m providing you with the list of CMMC practice requirements. When you visit you will be provided with our Gap Assessment tool along with our detailed examples for each of the questions asked for CMMC. This helps you to understand the goal and application of each question. If you are reading the CMMC Practice Requirements and are confused that’s ok. Our team has translated the requirements into easy-to-understand and implement steps.

Note: Remember you need to satisfy the three elements for each of these questions 1. Documentation, 2. Systems & Processes, 3. Validation. As you read each requirement you might want to ask yourself the relevant questions about each requirement. CMMC is no longer self-assessment but validating to an auditor you are meeting each of the requirements.

Domain Section CMMC Practice Requirement:
Access Control AC.1.001 Limit information system access to authorized users, processes acting on behalf of authorized users, or devices (including other information systems).
Access Control AC.1.002 Limit information system access to the types of transactions and functions that authorized users are permitted to execute.
Access Control AC.1.003 Verify and control/limit connections to and use of external information systems.
Access Control AC.1.004 Control information posted or processed on publicly accessible information systems.
Access Control AC.2.005 Provide privacy and security notices consistent with applicable “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) rules.
Access Control AC.2.006 Limit use of portable storage devices on external systems.
Access Control AC.2.007 Employ the principle of least privilege, including for specific security functions and privileged accounts.
Access Control AC.2.008 Use non-privileged accounts or roles when accessing nonsecurity functions.
Access Control AC.2.009 Limit unsuccessful logon attempts.
Access Control AC.2.010 Use session lock with pattern-hiding displays to prevent access and viewing of data after a period of inactivity.
Access Control AC.2.011 Authorize wireless access prior to allowing such connections.
Access Control AC.3.012 Protect wireless access using authentication and encryption.
Access Control AC.2.013 Monitor and control remote access sessions.
Access Control AC.3.014 Employ cryptographic mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of remote access sessions.
Access Control AC.2.015 Route remote access via managed access control points.
Access Control AC.2.016 Control the flow of Federal Contract Information in accordance with approved authorizations.
Access Control AC.3.017 Separate the duties of individuals to reduce the risk of malevolent activity without collusion.
Access Control AC.3.018 Prevent non-privileged users from executing privileged functions and capture the execution of such functions in audit logs.
Access Control AC.3.019 Terminate (automatically) user sessions after a defined condition.
Access Control AC.3.020 Control connection of mobile devices.
Access Control AC.3.021 Authorize remote execution of privileged commands and remote access to security relevant information.
Access Control AC.3.022 Encrypt CUI on mobile devices and mobile computing platforms.
Access Control AC.4.023 Control information flows between security domains on connected systems.
Access Control AC.4.025 Periodically review and update CUI program access permissions.
Access Control AC.4.032 Restrict remote network access based on organizational defined risk factors such as time of day, location of access, physical location, network connection state and measured properties of the current user and role.
Access Control AC.5.024 Identify and mitigate risk associated with unidentified wireless access points connected to the network.
Asset Management AM.3.036 Define procedures for the handling of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) data.
Asset Management AM.4.226 Employ automated capability to discover and identify systems with specific component attributes (e.g., firmware level, OS type) within your inventory.
Audit and Accountability AU.2.041 Ensure that the actions of individual system users can be uniquely traced to those users so they can be held accountable for their actions.
Audit and Accountability AU.2.042 Create and retain system audit logs and records to the extent needed to enable the monitoring, analysis, investigation, and reporting of unlawful or unauthorized system activity.
Audit and Accountability AU.2.043 Provide a system capability that compares and synchronizes internal system clocks with an authoritative source to generate time stamps for audit records.
Audit and Accountability AU.2.044 Review audit logs.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.045 Review and update logged events.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.046 Alert in the event of an audit logging process failure.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.048 Collect audit logs into one or more central repositories.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.049 Protect audit information and audit logging tools from unauthorized access, modification, and deletion.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.050 Limit management of audit logging functionality to a subset of privileged users.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.051 Correlate audit record review, analysis, and reporting processes for investigation and response to indications of unlawful, unauthorized, suspicious, or unusual activity.
Audit and Accountability AU.3.052 Provide audit record reduction and report generation to support on-demand analysis and reporting.
Audit & Accountability AU.4.053 Automate analysis of audit logs to identify and act on critical indicators (TTPs) and/or organizationally-defined suspicious activity.
Audit & Accountability AU.4.054 Review audit information for broad activity in addition to per-machine activity.
Audit & Accountability AU.5.055 Identify assets not reporting audit logs and assure appropriate organizationally defined systems are logging.
Awareness and Training AT.2.056 Ensure that managers, system administrators, and users of organizational systems are made aware of the security risks associated with their activities and of the applicable policies, standards, and procedures related to the security of those systems.
Awareness and Training AT.2.057 Ensure that personnel are trained to carry out their assigned information security related duties and responsibilities.
Awareness & Training AT.3.058 Provide security awareness training on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of insider threat.
Awareness & Training AT.4.059 Provide awareness training focused on recognizing and responding to threats from social engineering, advanced persistent threat actors, breaches, and suspicious behaviors; update the training at least annually or when there are significant changes to the threat.
Awareness & Training AT.4.060 Include practical exercises in awareness training that are aligned with current threat scenarios and provide feedback to individuals involved in the training.
Awareness and Training AT.3.058 Provide security awareness training on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of insider threat.
Configuration Management CM.2.061 Establish and maintain baseline configurations and inventories of organizational systems (including hardware, software, firmware, and documentation) throughout the respective system development life cycles.
Configuration Management CM.2.062 Employ the principle of least functionality by configuring organizational systems to provide only essential capabilities.
Configuration Management CM.2.063 Control and monitor user-installed software.
Configuration Management CM.2.064 Establish and enforce security configuration settings for information technology products employed in organizational systems
Configuration Management CM.2.065 Track, review, approve, or disapprove, and log changes to organizational systems.
Configuration Management CM.2.066 Analyze the security impact of changes prior to implementation.
Configuration Management CM.3.067 Define, document, approve, and enforce physical and logical access restrictions associated with changes to organizational systems.
Configuration Management CM.3.068 Restrict, disable, or prevent the use of nonessential programs, functions, ports, protocols, and services.
Configuration Management CM.3.069 Apply deny-by-exception (blacklisting) policy to prevent the use of unauthorized software or deny-all, permit-by-exception (whitelisting) policy to allow the execution of authorized software.
Configuration Management CM.4.073 Employ application whitelisting and an application vetting process for systems identified by the organization.
Configuration Management CM.5.074 Verify the integrity and correctness of security critical or essential software as defined by the organization (e.g., roots of trust, formal verification or cryptographic signatures).
Identification and Authentication IA.1.076 Identify information system users, processes acting on behalf of users, or devices.
Identification and Authentication IA.1.077 Authenticate (or verify) the identities of those users, processes, or devices, as a prerequisite to allowing access to organizational information systems.
Identification and Authentication IA.2.078 Enforce a minimum password complexity and change of characters when new passwords are created.
Identification and Authentication IA.2.079 Prohibit password reuse for a specified number of generations.
Identification and Authentication IA.2.080 Allow temporary password use for system logons with an immediate change to a permanent password.
Identification and Authentication IA.2.081 Store and transmit only cryptographically protected passwords.
Identification and Authentication IA.2.082 Obscure feedback of authentication information.
Identification and Authentication IA.3.083 Use multi-factor authentication for local and network access to privileged accounts and for network access to non-privileged accounts.
Identification and Authentication IA.3.084 Employ replay-resistant authentication mechanisms for network access to privileged and non-privileged accounts.
Identification and Authentication IA.3.085 Prevent the reuse of identifiers for a defined period.
Identification and Authentication IA.3.086 Disable identifiers after a defined period of inactivity.
Incident Response IR.2.092 Establish an operational incident-handling capability for organizational systems that includes preparation, detection, analysis, containment, recovery, and user response activities.
Incident Response IR.2.093 Detect and report events.
Incident Response IR.2.094 Analyze and triage events to support event resolution and incident declaration.
Incident Response IR.2.096 Develop and implement responses to declared incidents according to predefined procedures.
Incident Response IR.2.097 Perform root cause analysis on incidents to determine underlying causes.
Incident Response IR.3.098 Track, document, and report incidents to designated officials and/or authorities both internal and external to the organization.
Incident Response IR.3.099 Test the organizational incident response capability.
Incident Response IR.4.100 Use knowledge of attacker tactics, techniques and procedures in incident response planning and execution.
Incident Response IR.4.101 Establish and maintain a Security Operations Center (SOC) capability that facilitates a 24/7 response capability.
Incident Response IR.5.102 Use a combination of manual and automated, real-time response to anomalous activities that match incident patterns.
Incident Response IR.5.106 In response to cyber incidents, utilize forensic data gathering across impacted systems, ensuring the secure transfer and protection of forensic data.
Incident Response IR.5.108 Establish and maintain a Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) that can investigate an issue physically or virtually at any location within 24 hours.
Incident Response IR.5.110 Perform unannounced operational exercises to demonstrate technical and procedural responses.
Maintenance MA.2.111 Perform maintenance on organizational systems
Maintenance MA.2.112 Provide controls on the tools, techniques, mechanisms, and personnel used to conduct system maintenance.
Maintenance MA.2.113 Require multi-factor authentication to establish nonlocal maintenance sessions via external network connections and terminate such connections when nonlocal maintenance is complete.
Maintenance MA.2.114 Supervise the maintenance activities of personnel without required access authorization.
Maintenance MA.3.115 Ensure equipment removed for off-site maintenance is sanitized of any “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI).
Maintenance MA.3.116 Check media containing diagnostic and test programs for malicious code before the media are used in organizational systems.
Media Protection MP.1.118 Sanitize or destroy information system media containing Federal Contract Information or controlled unclassified information before disposal or release for reuse.
Media Protection MP.2.119 Protect (i.e., physically control and securely store) system media containing Federal Contract Information, both paper and digital.
Media Protection MP.2.120 Limit access to “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) on system media to authorized users.
Media Protection MP.2.121 Control the use of removable media on system components.
Media Protection MP.3.122 Mark media with necessary “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) markings and distribution limitations.
Media Protection MP.3.123 Prohibit the use of portable storage devices when such devices have no identifiable owner.
Media Protection MP.3.124 Control access to media containing “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) and maintain accountability for media during transport outside of controlled areas.
Media Protection MP.3.125 Implement cryptographic mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) stored on digital media during transport unless otherwise protected by alternative physical safeguards.
Personnel Security PS.2.127 Screen individuals prior to authorizing access to organizational systems containing Federal Contract Information.
Personnel Security PS.2.128 Ensure that organizational systems containing Federal Contract Information are protected during and after personnel actions such as terminations and transfers.
Physical Protection PE.1.131 Limit physical access to organizational information systems, equipment, and the respective operating environments to authorized individuals.
Physical Protection PE.1.132 Escort visitors and monitor visitor activity.
Physical Protection PE.1.133 Maintain audit logs of physical access.
Physical Protection PE.1.134 Control and manage physical access devices.
Physical Protection PE.2.135 Protect and monitor the physical facility and support infrastructure for organizational systems.
Physical Protection PE.3.136 Enforce safeguarding measures for “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) at alternate work sites.
Recovery RE.2.137 Regularly perform and test data back-ups.
Recovery RE.2.138 Protect the confidentiality of backup “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) at storage locations.
Recovery RE.3.139 Regularly perform complete and comprehensive data back-ups and store them off-site and offline.
Recovery RE.5.140 Ensure information processing facilities meet organizationally-defined information security continuity, redundancy and availability requirements.
Risk Management RM.2.141 Periodically assess the risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, and individuals, resulting from the operation of organizational systems and the associated processing, storage, or transmission of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI).
Risk Management RM.2.142 Scan for vulnerabilities in organizational systems and applications periodically and when new vulnerabilities affecting those systems and applications are identified.
Risk Management RM.2.143 Remediate vulnerabilities in accordance with risk assessments.
Risk Management RM.3.144 Periodically perform risk assessments to identify and prioritize risks according to the defined risk categories, risk sources, and risk measurement criteria.
Risk Management RM.3.146 Develop and implement risk mitigation plans.
Risk Management RM.3.147 Manage non-vendor-supported products (e.g., end of life) separately and restrict as necessary to reduce risk.
Risk Management RM.4.148 Develop and update as required, a plan for managing supply chain risks associated with the IT supply chain.
Risk Management RM.4.149 Catalog and periodically update threat profiles and adversary Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (TTPs).
Risk Management RM.4.150 Employ threat intelligence to inform the development of the system and security architectures, selection of security solutions, monitoring, threat hunting and response and recovery activities.
Risk Management RM.4.151 Perform scans for unauthorized ports available across perimeter network boundaries, over the organization's Internet boundaries and other organization-defined boundaries.
Risk Management RM.5.152 Utilize an exception process for non-whitelisted software that includes mitigation techniques.
Risk Management RM.5.155 Analyze the effectiveness of security solutions at least annually to address anticipated risk to the system and the organization based on current and accumulated threat intelligence.
Security Assessment CA.2.157 Develop, document, and periodically update system security plans that describe system boundaries, system environments of operation, how security requirements are implemented, and the relationships with or connections to other systems.
Security Assessment CA.2.158 Periodically assess the security controls in organizational systems to determine if the controls are effective in their application.
Security Assessment CA.2.159 Develop and implement plans of action designed to correct deficiencies and reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities in organizational systems.
Security Assessment CA.3.161 Monitor security controls on an ongoing basis to ensure the continued effectiveness of the controls.
Security Assessment CA.3.162 Employ a security assessment of enterprise software that has developed internally, for internal use, and that has been organizationally defined as an area of risk.
Security Assessment CA.4.163 Create, maintain and leverage a security strategy and roadmap for organizational cybersecurity improvement.
Security Assessment CA.4.164 Conduct penetration testing periodically, leveraging automated scanning tools and ad hoc tests using human experts.
Security Assessment CA.4.227 Periodically perform red teaming against organizational assets in order to validate defensive capabilities
Situational Awareness SA.3.169 Receive and respond to cyber threat intelligence from information sharing forums and sources and communicate to stakeholders.
Situational Awareness SA.4.171 Establish and maintain a cyber threat hunting capability to search for Indicators of Compromise (IoC) in organizational systems and detect, track and disrupt threats that evade existing controls.
Situational Awareness SA.4.173 Design network and system security capabilities to leverage, integrate and share Indicators of Compromise (IoC).
System and Communications Protections SC.1.175 Monitor, control, and protect organizational communications (i.e., information transmitted or received by organizational information systems) at the external boundaries and key internal boundaries of the information systems.
System and Communications Protections SC.1.176 Implement subnetworks for publicly accessible system components that are physically or logically separated from internal networks.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.177 Employ FIPS-validated cryptography when used to protect the confidentiality of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI).
System and Communications Protections SC.2.178 Prohibit remote activation of collaborative computing devices and provide indication of devices in use to users present at the device.
System and Communications Protections SC.2.179 Use encrypted sessions for the management of network devices.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.177 Employ FIPS-validated cryptography when used to protect the confidentiality of CUI.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.180 Employ architectural designs, software development techniques, and systems engineering principles that promote effective information security within organizational systems.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.181 Separate user functionality from system management functionality.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.182 Prevent unauthorized and unintended information transfer via shared system resources.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.183 Deny network communications traffic by default and allow network communications traffic by exception (i.e., deny all, permit by exception).
System and Communications Protections SC.3.184 Prevent remote devices from simultaneously establishing non-remote connections with organizational systems and communicating via some other connection to resources in external networks (i.e., split tunneling).
System and Communications Protections SC.3.185 Implement cryptographic mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosure of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) during transmission unless otherwise protected by alternative physical safeguards.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.186 Terminate network connections associated with communications sessions at the end of the sessions or after a defined period of inactivity.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.187 Establish and manage cryptographic keys for cryptography employed in organizational systems.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.188 Control and monitor the use of mobile code.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.189 Control and monitor the use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.190 Protect the authenticity of communications sessions.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.191 Protect the confidentiality of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) at rest.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.192 Implement Domain Name System (DNS) filtering services.
System and Communications Protections SC.3.193 Implement a policy restricting the publication of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) on externally-owned publicly accessible websites (e.g., Forums, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
System and Communications Protections SC.4.197 Employ physical and logical isolation techniques in the system and security architecture and/or and where deemed appropriate by the organization.
System and Communications Protections SC.4.199 Utilize threat intelligence to proactively block DNS requests from reaching malicious domains.
System and Communications Protections SC.4.202 Employ mechanisms to analyze executable code and scripts (e.g., sandbox) traversing Internet network boundaries or other organizationally-defined boundaries.
System and Communications Protections SC.4.228 Isolate administration of organizationally-defined high-value critical network infrastructure components and servers.
System and Communications Protections SC.4.229 Utilize a URL categorization service and implement techniques to enforce URL filtering of websites that are not approved by the organization.
System and Communications Protections SC.5.198 Configure monitoring systems to record packets passing through the organization's Internet network boundaries and other organizational-defined boundaries.
System and Communications Protections SC.5.208 Employ organizationally-defined and tailored boundary protections in addition to commercially-available solutions.
System and Communications Protections SC.5.230 Enforce port and protocol compliance.
System and Information Integrity SI.1.210 Identify, report, and correct information and information system flaws in a timely manner.
System and Information Integrity SI.1.211 Provide protection from malicious code at appropriate locations within organizational information systems.
System and Information Integrity SI.1.212 Update malicious code protection mechanisms when new releases are available.
System and Information Integrity SI.1.213 Perform periodic scans of the information system and real-time scans of files from external sources as files are downloaded, opened, or executed.
System and Information Integrity SI.2.214 Monitor system security alerts and advisories and take action in response.
System and Information Integrity SI.2.216 Monitor organizational systems, including inbound and outbound communications traffic, to detect attacks and indicators of potential attacks.
System and Information Integrity SI.2.217 Identify unauthorized use of organizational systems.
System and Information Integrity SI.3.218 Employ spam protection mechanisms at information system access entry and exit points.
System and Information Integrity SI.3.219 Implement email forgery protections.
System and Information Integrity SI.3.220 Utilize email sandboxing to detect or block potentially malicious email attachments.
System and Information Integrity SI.4.221 Use threat indicator information relevant to the information and systems being protected and effective mitigations obtained from external organizations to inform intrusion detection and threat hunting.
System and Information Integrity SI.5.222 Analyze system behavior to detect and mitigate execution of normal system commands and scripts that indicate malicious actions.
System and Information Integrity SI.5.223 Monitor individuals and system components on an ongoing basis for anomalous or suspicious behavior.

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