CMMC 1.0 vs CMMC 2.0: What’s the Difference?

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During this time of evolving cybersecurity threats, the last thing you want is a faulty system. Hackers are around every corner, waiting for that slip-up. In fact, according to Security Magazine, hackers attack every 39 seconds on average.

This means it is important to have an up-to-date method of mitigating risk and keeping data safe. That is where CMMC 2.0 comes in. But what’s the difference between CMMC 2.0 and CMMC 1.0?

In a Time of Chaos, Enter CMMC 1.0

In 2020, chaos erupted, and not just with the pandemic. Cybersecurity threats were on the rise, and companies had to take defensive measures to protect their digital property. This was where CMMC 1.0 (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) came in, as a tool released by the Department of Defense that provided five maturity levels of cybersecurity risk management:

Basic Cyber Hygiene 

This is the foundational level of security, where organizations are expected to have basic cybersecurity practices and processes in place.

Intermediate Cyber Hygiene 

This level requires a higher level of security that goes beyond the basics. At this stage, companies must demonstrate they can effectively protect their networks and systems from threats.

Good Cyber Hygiene 

This is the third level of CMMC 1.0 and requires organizations to have advanced security measures in place, such as monitoring and incident response capabilities.

Progressive Cyber Hygiene 

Here, companies must show their ability to manage risk more effectively by using reliable security tools.

Advanced/Advanced Plus Cyber Hygiene 

This is the highest level of CMMC 1.0 and requires companies to demonstrate they can effectively manage their cyber risk by utilizing advanced security measures, such as encryption and authentication.

These levels were designed to protect the DIB (Defense Industrial Base) from fending off outside threats. It was a great tool for improving security and awareness, and it made sure no stone was left unturned when it came to protecting digital assets.

Out with the Old, In with the New: CMMC 2.0

However, in 2021 the Department of Defense released a new version of CMMC – CMMC 2.0. This version was designed to simplify and streamline the process of protecting data and systems from cyber threats. Instead of five levels, CMMC 2.0 only has three:

Foundational Cyber Hygiene 

This level requires an annual self-assessment so organizations can identify and address cybersecurity risks.

Advanced Hygiene 

Although self-assessments are still required, this level adds additional requirements such as the implementation of triannual third-party assessments by qualified assessors for critical national security information.

Expert Cyber Hygiene 

This is the most advanced level and it requires companies to establish and maintain a plan to implement advanced security measures. This includes all level 2 requirements plus security measures for NIST 800-172.

Not only does this make it easier to streamline the process of managing cyber risk, but it also has a clearer assessment structure meaning it’s easier to understand and smoother to implement.

What Sets the Two CMMCs Apart?

Besides the obvious differences such as the number of levels and the assessment structure, CMMC 2.0 also has some other distinguishing features from its predecessor.

The most notable of these is the inclusion of more detailed information on cyber hygiene practices and procedures, as well as updated guidance on how companies can secure their systems and data more effectively. More than that, the 2.0 version now requires third-party assessments to be carried out every three years, rather than once a year as with CMMC 1.0.

Become CMMC Compliant with Full Send Network and Say Bye Bye to Cyberattacks

At Full Send Network, reacting to cyberattacks just doesn’t cut it. We strive to provide solutions that will proactively protect your digital assets and ensure you are CMMC compliant so that attacks are prevented.

We know how challenging cybersecurity can be, which is why we offer a range of services to help you get the most out of your investment in cybersecurity. 

Whether it’s helping you understand the different levels between CMMC 1.0 and CMMC 2.0, or offering advice on the best security measures to implement, our team is here for you every step of the way. Get in touch today and let us help you secure your digital assets and avoid cyberattacks!