What are the Different CMMC Levels


There are five Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Each level reflects a business’ cybersecurity posture and corresponding risk to the enterprise.

The CMMC level 1 is the entry point for businesses with low cybersecurity risk. The requirements focus on administrative and technical controls that protect against simple attacks. At this level, businesses are expected to have implemented a Cybersecurity Policy, Incident Response Plan, and basic Cybersecurity Training for Employees.

The CMMC level 2 is for businesses with medium cybersecurity risk. The requirements focus on implementing additional administrative and technical controls that protect against common attacks. Businesses at this level are also expected to have a Cybersecurity Program Manager and Cybersecurity Operations Center.

The CMMC level 3 is for businesses with high cybersecurity risk. The requirements focus on implementing additional administrative and technical controls that protect against sophisticated attacks. These businesses are also expected to have a Cybersecurity Risk Management Plan, Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan, and Cybersecurity Training for Employees.

The CMMC level 4 is for businesses with very high cybersecurity risk. The requirements focus on implementing additional administrative and technical controls that protect against the most sophisticated attacks. These organizations are also expected to have a Cybersecurity Program Manager, Cybersecurity Operations Center, and Cybersecurity Risk Management Plan.

The CMMC level 5 is for businesses with the highest cybersecurity risk. The requirements focus on implementing additional administrative and technical controls that protect against the most sophisticated attacks. These businesses are also expected to have a Cybersecurity Program Manager, Cybersecurity Operations Center, Cybersecurity Risk Management Plan, and Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan.

Each level requires businesses to meet specific criteria in order to be certified. Meeting these criteria helps ensure that businesses are taking the necessary steps to protect their networks and data from cyberattacks.

Certification at any level is not mandatory, but it can be beneficial for businesses looking to improve their cybersecurity posture. Certification at a higher level indicates that a business has met more rigorous requirements, and thus is better prepared to defend against cyberattacks.

Businesses can achieve certification at any level by completing a self-assessment or by working with a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) provider like SysArc. They have the experience and expertise to help your business achieve and maintain certification. Contact them today at (800) 699-0925 or visit www.sysarc.com to learn more!