As of December 31, 2017, companies that provide parts and services for suppliers serving federal and local governments must comply with the NIST 800-171 mandate. There have been some recent changes in how compliance is managed for this mandate.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
In 2019, the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Versions 1.0 was published January 30, 2020.
Companies seeking compliance with the NIST 800-171 mandate will now need to meet the requirements for CMMC.
There are many similarities in CMMC compared to NIST 800-171, and the goal remains the same: to protect information within government supply chains.
(Learn more about CMMC in the blog post, CMMC Version 1.0 is Released.)
NIST Special Publication 800-171 covers the protection of “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI) defined as information created by the government, or an entity on behalf of the government, that is unclassified, but needs safeguarding. This publication was originally created in June 2015 and Revision 1 was made final in December 2016.
NIST Special Publication 800-171 Revision 2, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, was approved as final in February 2020.
Minor Changes in NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2
Revision 2 includes only minor editorial changes. There are no changes to the basic and derived security requirements.
What Has Changed — Self-Attestation
The biggest impact to companies that must comply with NIST 800-171 is that with the release of CMMC, there is no longer an option for self-attestation.
The DoD is planning to migrate to the new CMMC framework and this framework will require all companies seeking NIST 800-171 compliance to work with an accredited and independent third-party organization.
Even though the method for providing evidence of compliance with the NIST 800-171 mandate has changed, any work you have done on supporting documents, such as a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Action with Milestones (POA&M), has not been in vain. These documents will still be of use to you on the road to compliance.
How to Meet NIST 800-171 Compliance
If you have questions about your NIST 800-171 compliance, contact Corserva, we can help.
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