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IS Your Business NIST Compliant?.

  • Do Your Employees Need To Be Educated
  • Do You Have Security Standards & Controls
  • Are You Aware Of CMMC Guidelines
  • Completed a Risk Management Assessment
  • Do You Have Compliant Access Controls
  • Response and Recovery
  • Enforced Corporate Info Updates
  • System & Information Integrity

What is NIST Compliance?

Companies that provide products and services to the federal government need to meet certain security mandates set by NIST. Specifically, NIST Special Publication 800-53 and NIST Special Publication 800-171 are two common mandates with which companies working within the federal supply chain may need to comply. The first draft of NIST Special Publication 800-171 “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,” was actually created in May 2015.This original document was intended to provide guidance for non-federal organizations looking to protect sensitive unclassified federal information that was housed in their own information systems and environments.  It clarified their role in data breach incidents and provided guidance on the types of data to protect and the kinds of protections to apply.The latest version of this document is NIST SP 800-171 Rev2 which was last updated February 2020.

Why is NIST Important?

The goal of NIST is to help organizations keep their data and information secure and safe, protecting critical infrastructure from both insider threats and attacks from the outside. This applies to all data, not just federal. However, for businesses that provide services to the federal government, NIST compliance is mandatory. Those that are non-compliant may lose the ability to do business with government agencies. The NIST compliance documents are intended for any and all companies who are working in the federal supply chain, including prime contractors, subcontractors, and subcontractors working for another subcontractor. In this case, NIST compliance is mandatory. However, many companies outside of the federal supply chain are also looking to comply with the NIST standards as outlined in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This is because it is known to provide the best security practices for protecting business data, one of the most important priorities any organization can have!

Who is NIST Compliance For?

The NIST framework can be considered voluntary guidance based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices, for any organization looking to better manage and reduce their cybersecurity risk. The framework is divided into the parts - the framework core, the implementation tiers, and the framework profile. The framework core describes 5 functions of an information security program: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover. Within each of these five core areas there are sub-sections that identify the key areas for assessment. Each of these sub-sections is then broken down further into standards, guidelines, and practices. For a deep dive into the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, we suggest visiting the NIST website. The current release is NIST SP 800-171 Rev2. This revision differs only in structure, and has some minor editorial changes. A promised Rev3 is in the works and can be expected to follow the final release of NIST SP 800-53 r5 which is available as of October 2020.

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