NIST Compliance

NIST 800-171 Compliance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST 800-171 is a set of standards that define how to protect and distribute material that is sensitive but not classified. NIST 800-171 lists over 100 security requirements within 14 control categories.

Who needs to be NIST 800-171 compliant?

Anyone who processes, stores or transmits Controlled Unclassified Information for the DoD, GSA, NASA and other federal and state agencies including contract agencies must meet these standards. Typically, the following will need to be compliant with NIST 800-171:

  • Universities
  • Service providers
  • Research institutions
  • Consulting companies
  • Government staffing firms
  • Procurement services companies
  • Manufactures selling to the government
  • Manufacturers selling to government suppliers

Every company and agency in the DC Metro area and all over the country that has been affected is required to assess and document their compliance with handling this information.

How do you become NIST 800-171 compliant?

Becoming NIST compliant is an ongoing process. You must continuously assess, design, deploy and manage your systems. You need to:

  • Assess your current security controls.
  • Design required changes within your systems.
  • Deploy those changes within your system and enforce your new policies.
  • Manage the system continuously.

What are the benefits of being NIST 800-171 compliant?

  • NIST 800-171 compliance helps to ensure an organization’s infrastructure is secure.
  • It provides the set of standards for suggested security controls for information systems at federal agencies.
  • It lays the foundational protocol for companies to follow when achieving compliance with regulations such as HIPAA or FISMA.

Security Team

Our certified security team is experienced in NIST compliance and is qualified to assist you and your organization in becoming NIST compliant. NIST compliance often calls for significant internal network changes which may seem daunting to individuals whom are not familiar with the specific controls detailed in NIST security documents. We provide to you the tools, knowledge, and expertise required to implement and maintain NIST compliance.

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