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 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:
- Consulting companies
- Service providers
- Manufactures selling to the government
- Manufacturers selling to government suppliers
- Research institutions
- Government staffing firms
- Procurement services companies
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 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 compliant?
- NIST 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.
Key factors when planning and implementing security plans and procedures:
- Due Care pertains to acting responsibly and eliminates the burden of negligence. It ensures that security has been examined, vulnerabilities have been assessed and adequate security measures have been implemented.
- Due Process refers to law adherence with security and privacy regarding communications. It ensures that employees are briefed and trained to understand their responsibility, accountability and rights.
- Due Diligence is the continuous application and review of the security governance, processes and controls. It ensures that approved security measures have been implemented properly and continue to be effective.
How can Peerless help?
- Work with businesses in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas to understand your business, your policies, and controls.
- Evaluate your compliance with control requirements.
- After the evaluation is complete Peerless Tech Solutions will provide you with a detailed compliance assessment report outlining steps for you to achieve NIST compliance.
- Lastly, we continuously manage the system control policies to keep you compliant and ensure milestones are met.