CMMC v2.11 Practices

MP.L2-3.8.8  

Reference: CMMC v2.11

Family: MP

Level Introduced: 2

Title: Shared Media

Practice:
Prohibit the use of portable storage devices when such devices have no identifiable owner.

Further Discussion:
A portable storage device is a system component that can be inserted into and removed from a system and is used to store data or information. It typically plugs into a laptop or desktop port (e.g., USB port). These devices can contain malicious files that can lead to a compromise of a connected system. Therefore, use should be prohibited if the device cannot be traced to an owner who is responsible and accountable for its security.

This requirement, MP.L2-3.8.8, furthers the protections provided by MP.L2-3.8.7 by prohibiting unidentified media use even if that media type is allowable.

Example
You are the IT manager. One day, a staff member reports finding a USB drive in the parking lot. You investigate and learn that there are no labels on the outside of the drive to indicate who might be responsible for it. You send an email to all employees to remind them that IT policies expressly prohibit plugging unknown devices into company computers. You also direct staff members to turn in to the IT help desk any devices that have no identifiable owner [a].

Potential Assessment Considerations
• Do portable storage devices used have identifiable owners [a]?

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Source: CMMC v2.11