CMMC Practice Requirement:

Store and transmit only cryptographically protected passwords.

CMMC Requirement Explanation:

If an attacker gets a hold of an unencrypted password he can gain access to your systems. By storing them as a one way hash it is more difficult for an attacker to use them.

Example CMMC Implementation:

Ensure that your passwords are stored on your systems using a "one-way hash". Many systems such as Active Directory do this be default. Confirm that your systems are in fact storing your password cryptographically.


- Scenario 1:

Your company's systems use active directory for authentication. Active directory stores passwords as one-way hashes and transmits them in an encrypted format.

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