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 a set of standards that define how to safeguard and distribute material deemed sensitive but not classified.
It was created in part to improve cybersecurity after numerous well-documented breaches.
Contractors and subcontractors that work with certain government agencies (including the Department of Defense) and handle CUI are required to comply with NIST 800-171. Failure to meet these requirements could result in the potential termination of contracts.
It can take months to become fully compliant. However NIST 800-171 is a requirement to work with government contracts and achieving compliance will also give you the confidence of knowing this sensitive information is secure.
Read this article to find out what NIST 800-171 is, what you need to do, and how it ties to CMMC.
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If you're a supplier, contractor or subcontractor with the federal government, you or your colleagues have no doubt heard of NIST 800-171.
If you're a CT company that works anywhere in a government agency's supply chain, you'll want to know about NIST 800-171 guidelines.
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