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Immaturity of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model: Revisions Omit Higher-Level Updates


Last week, the Defense Department (DoD) released Revision 0.6 to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Notably absent were revisions to Levels 4 – 5, which DoD promises in the next public release. While the final version of the CMMC is due in late January, Revision 0.6 updated CMMC Levels 1 – 3 by:

  • Condensing the CMMC requirements;
  • Modifying the practices and processes; and
  • Providing clarifications and examples for CMMC Level 1 requirements.

Revision 0.6 also distilled the core requirements for Levels 1 – 3 into the following categories:

  • Level 1 -- Basic cyber hygiene: Implementation of security controls in FAR 52.204-21, Basic Safeguarding of Covered Contractor Information Systems;
  • Level 2 -- Intermediate cyber hygiene: Implementation of select NIST SP 800-171 controls; and
  • Level 3 -- Good cyber hygiene: Full implementation of NIST SP 800-171 controls.

Industry will benefit from reviewing this latest draft and preparing for DoD’s pending implementation of the CMMC.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

Evan D. Wolff
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2615

Maida Oringher Lerner
Senior Counsel – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2596

Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2698

Michael G. Gruden, CIPP/G
Associate – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2545

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