The NIST 800-171 standard, Protection Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations¸ defines controls to safeguard information such as controlled technical information, or other information that would be described as controlled unclassified information (CUI) or covered defense information (CDI).
The Department of Defense (DoD) Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) requires that contractors must be compliant with NIST 800-171 by no later than December 31, 2017.
NIST 800-171 Assessment Process
Following the testing guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), A-LIGN conducts an assessment to determine your company’s compliance with NIST 800-171. A-LIGN has successfully assessed organizations against the NIST 800-171 standard to ensure compliance.
Benefits of NIST 800-171
For contractors, implementing NIST 800-171 is a requirement that must be met prior to the December 31, 2017 deadline. Contractors and relevant organizations that fail to fully implement NIST 800-171 by that time will be precluded from contracting with the DoD. This applies to all prime contractors and their subcontractors.
Organizations that maintain NIST 800-171 compliance can maintain government contracts, as well as win new Federal contracts, in addition to improving their overall information security.
Why Choose A-LIGN?
We understand that your company’s time is extremely valuable. A-LIGN’s NIST 800-171 assessment methodology was developed to ensure a timely and efficient assessment. Our team of security professionals has conducted NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, FISMA, and FedRAMP assessments. Other qualities that set us aside from the rest include:
- A-LIGN has experience successfully completing NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, FISMA, and FedRAMP Assessments, providing our team in-depth experience with the needs of federal information security requirements.
- Our streamlined security assessment process allows for your assessment to be conducted in a timely manner, so that you can continue meeting your contractual requirements.
- Our experienced team will be available throughout the assessment in order to provide independent, unbiased recommendations from an experienced third-party assessor.