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Certain nonfederal organizations need to be compliant with the requirements laid out in NIST SP 800-171 by this deadline. Learn more

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NIST 800-171

Is your business compliant?

Nonfederal organizations in industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, defense, and machinery that work with government agencies/contractors and handle controlled unclassified information (CUI) must be compliant with the requirements laid out in NIST Special Publication 800-171 by December 31, 2017.

What is NIST Special Publication 800-171?

NIST 800-171 refers to National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, which governs controlled unclassified information (CUI) in nonfederal information systems and organizations. It is essentially a set of standards that define how to safeguard and distribute material deemed sensitive but not classified. NIST 800-171 was developed after FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) was passed in 2003, resulting in several security standards and guidelines. It was created in part to improve cybersecurity, especially after numerous well-documented breaches in the last few years.

Everything You Need to Know About NIST 800-171

How Do I Know If My Business Will be Affected by NIST 800-171 Guidelines?

Entities that have contractual relationships with state agencies are now required to comply with NIST 800-171. Subcontractors that don’t work directly with state agencies must comply because they do so indirectly. Failure to implement these requirements could result in the loss of work and potentially a severance of contracts with these state departments.

Not sure whether or not that you'll be affected by this? Take our NIST 800-171 Self-Assessment Quiz to get an idea in less than a minute.

 
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What Do I Do Now?

We’ve studied the ins and outs of this pending federal mandate, and we’re eager to help companies learn how NIST 800-171 applies to you and to help you achieve compliance, answering questions such as:

  • What potential vulnerabilities exist?
  • How can these gaps be closed?
  • What kind of training is still needed for managers, employees, and clients?
  • How to continue to be compliant?

If the end of 2017 seems far away, don’t become complacent. It can take months to become fully compliant - not to mention providing your partners and contractors peace of mind knowing that their information is safe with you.

NIST 800-171 Implementation

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