CMMC Level 3

Managed, Good Cyber Hygiene for Data Loss Prevention

As the minimum cybersecurity requirement for contractors and subcontractors wanting to bid on contracts, CMMC Level 3 is the standard most businesses will need to reach in order to continue doing business with the DoD. CMMC Level 3 indicates the basic level security required to house CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) and is verified through a third-party audit to ensure compliance. This added layer of trust is one of the key differences between CMMC compliance and previous compliance requirements.


How many controls fall under CMMC Level 3?
In total, there are 130 practices: 72 from Level 2 with an additional 58 added for Level 3.

What focus falls under CMMC Level 3?
The goal of CMMC Level 3 is the continued security management and protection of CUI.

How do I know if I need to be compliant under CMMC Level 3?
If your company has or generates CUI and the Government has requested you be CMMC Level 3 in your RFP, you need to be CMMC Level 3 compliant.

A key difference between CMMC Level 3 and Level 2 is on-going cybersecurity management. Setting up a secure foundation and continuing to monitor that foundation for flaws and gaps is the key to prolonged protection and data loss prevention.  

CMMC Level 3

Building Off a Strong  Foundation

The basis of CMMC is primarily NIST 800-171, FAR and DFAR clauses. These regulations provide guidance on the proper storage, protection and access of CUI — who can access it, how it should be accessed, how to keep track of employee access, etc. Level 3 requires that these data loss prevention processes must not only be defined but constantly managed. This means that these processes are being constantly audited by an accountable party. All incidents are logged and reported as well as routinely monitored for gaps or changes in the security landscape.

CMMC Level 3

What is the difference between CMMC Level 3 and 4?

The key difference between CMMC Level 3 and Level 4 is that CMMC Level 4 is designed to not only protect CUI but to also reduce the risk of advanced persistent threats (APT) to companies. While CMMC Level 3 provides a good cyber foundation, it does not prepare businesses for these kinds of attacks or fortifies them fully for data loss prevention.

 

Occurring in various phases, the end goal of APTs is to quietly obtain prolonged access to companies to steal and obtain sensitive information. Being able to fly under the radar undetected for so long makes APTs an incredibly dangerous threat to companies and is responsible for some of the largest data breaches in history.

Learn more about CMMC and explore the other four levels.

What is CMMC?

Learn more about CMMC and explore the other four levels.

What is CMMC?

Start Your Journey Towards CMMC Level 3 Compliance  

Depending on where your business currently stands, preparing for a CMMC Level 3 audit can take a considerable amount of time, effort and resources when trying to do it yourself. By working with the cybersecurity experts at Hyper Vigilance, you can get back your time and effort and put it towards running your business. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

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