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Developing an Effective CMMC Policy

August 2020 Podcast
Andrew F. Hoover, Katie C. Stewart

Andrew Hoover and Katie Stewart, architects of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), present guidelines for developing an effective CMMC policy.

“Creating and documenting policy is a way for senior management in an organization to demonstrate their commitment. They demonstrate that they are committed to the importance of the activities that these policies cover.”

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Abstract

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) defines specific cybersecurity practices across five levels of maturity while also measuring the degree to which those practices are institutionalized within an organization. The CMMC model draws on maturity processes and cybersecurity best practices from multiple standards, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) frameworks and references, as well as input from DIB entities and the Department of Defense. CMMC requires that DIB organizations complete an assessment of all CMMC practices at a particular level and become certified by a CMMC third-party assessment organization. When fully implemented, CMMC will require all DIB companies to achieve certification at one of the five CMMC levels, which includes both technical security practices and maturity processes. In this SEI Podcast, Andrew Hoover and Katie Stewart, architects of the CMMC model, present guidelines for developing an effective CMMC policy.

 

About the Speaker

Andrew F. Hoover

Andrew F. Hoover

Andrew Hoover is a senior engineer and team lead of the Resilience Engineering Team within the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Hoover performs risk and ...

Andrew Hoover is a senior engineer and team lead of the Resilience Engineering Team within the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Hoover performs risk and resilience management work for a variety of organizations, mostly relating to critical infrastructure protection and teaches the CERT Resilience Management Model (CERT-RMM) course. Hoover has 16 years of experience in the information technology field. Prior to joining the SEI, Hoover worked as a technical auditor performing risk and vulnerability assessments for government and industry clients. Hoover holds numerous security-related certifications and remains active in the cybersecurity community.

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Katie C. Stewart

Katie C. Stewart

Katie Stewart is a senior member of the technical staff within the CERT® Division at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a unit of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Stewart has more ...

Katie Stewart is a senior member of the technical staff within the CERT® Division at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a unit of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Stewart has more than 15 years of experience advising clients in engineering, information technology, and telecommunications industries. Stewart’s current research interests include information security governance, risk management, and measurement and analysis. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering (North Carolina State University) and has completed executive education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stewart is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has served as an adjunct professor.

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