How NIST 800-171 impacts your company
Federal programs to protect CUI data, such as NIST 800-171, seek to help contractors understand confidentiality requirements for certain records and how to best ensure the privacy of covered information.
From the nonfederal perspective – that of a private business, party or organization working with a federal department or agency – CUI standards are requirements to maintain in good standing as a contractor.
These requirements cover 14 different types, including basic and derived requirements. These include:
- Access control
- Accountability and audit
- Managing configurations
- Identification and authentication
- Incident response
- Protecting media
- Securing personnel
- Physically protecting access to data
- Assessing security and risk
- System and communications protection
- System and information integrity
As you can see, this is a comprehensive list of information security measures. The requirements have a double benefit. First, adhering to them is necessary for continued participation as a federal contractor.
But, secondly, and more importantly, these requirements follow stringent data security practices. By following the requirements of NIST 800-171, organizations effectively adhere to best practices in data security.
It’s also evident that these comprehensive requirements can be difficult to learn and incorporate into operations. This is where partnering with a consultant who is knowledgeable in these requirements and other federal data security regulations can be of great value. Working with a consultant can help your business to change the way your company approaches cybersecurity and can help strengthen security practices to ensure compliance with federal requirements.