CMMC Practice SC.L2-3.13.9 – Connections Termination: Terminate network connections associated with communications sessions at the end of the sessions or after a defined period of inactivity.
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Discussion [NIST SP 800-171 R2]
This requirement applies to internal and external networks. Terminating network connections associated with communications sessions include de-allocating associated TCP/IP address or port pairs at the operating system level, or de-allocating networking assignments at the application level if multiple application sessions are using a single, operating system-level network connection. Time periods of user inactivity may be established by organizations and include time periods by type of network access or for specific network accesses.
Prevent malicious actors from taking advantage of an open network session or an unattended computer at the end of the connection. Balance user work patterns and needs against security to determine the length of inactivity that will force a termination.
This practice, SC.L2-3.13.9, requires network connections be terminated under certain conditions, which complements AC.L2-3.1.18 that requires control of mobile device connections.