CMMC 2.0 (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is a framework created by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to enhance the cybersecurity of contractors that work with the department. The framework aims to protect sensitive information and reduce the risk of cyber attacks by assessing a company’s cybersecurity practices and assigning a maturity level from 1 to 5. The higher the maturity level, the more advanced and robust the company’s cybersecurity practices are.

The CMMC 2.0 framework includes 171 cybersecurity best practices divided into 17 domains, covering topics such as access control, incident response, and risk management. The framework is designed to be flexible, allowing contractors to implement tailored cybersecurity practices that align with their business needs and the risks they face.

Implementing the CMMC 2.0 framework requires companies to undergo a third-party assessment conducted by an accredited assessor organization. The assessment evaluates the company’s cybersecurity practices and assigns a maturity level that determines its eligibility to work with the DoD.

The CMMC 2.0 framework is a significant step forward for the cybersecurity of the defense industry. It ensures that contractors who handle sensitive information and work with the DoD have a consistent and robust cybersecurity strategy in place. The framework also benefits companies by boosting their reputation as trusted partners, opening new opportunities for business with the DoD, and potentially improving their cybersecurity posture. Companies who are doing business with the DoD, or planning to do so, should begin evaluating the CMMC 2.0 framework and implementing necessary changes to align with its standards.