One way to ensure compliance with CMMC AC.L1-3.1.20 – EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS is to establish a process for reviewing and approving all external connections. This process should involve a risk assessment of the potential connection, as well as a review of any security measures that are in place.
To start, it is important to have a clear understanding of what is considered an “external connection.” This includes any connection to a network or system that is outside of the organization’s own network or system. This includes connections to cloud services, external websites, and even connections to vendors or contractors.
Once the external connections have been identified, the next step is to assess the potential risks associated with each connection. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as conducting a security assessment or working with a third-party vendor to perform a risk assessment.
Once the risks have been identified, it is important to implement security measures to mitigate those risks. This may include implementing firewalls, using encryption, or implementing authentication and access controls.
In addition to implementing security measures, it is also important to have a process in place for monitoring and maintaining the security of external connections. This may involve regularly reviewing the security measures in place and making updates as needed, as well as conducting periodic testing to ensure that the security measures are effective.
Finally, it is important to have a process in place for managing and updating the security measures for external connections. This may involve working with third-party vendors or contractors to ensure that they are also complying with security standards.
By following these steps, businesses can ensure compliance with CMMC AC.L1-3.1.20 – EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS and protect their sensitive information from potential threats.