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 (or CMMC, depending on the contract).
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) develops and issues standards, guidelines, and other publications to assist in managing cost effective programs to protect information and information systems of federal agencies.
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 control requirements.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification
In 2019, the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Version 1.0 was published January 30, 2020.
Depending on the contract, companies in the federal supply chain need to comply with NIST 800-171 or 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.
What Has Changed — Self-Attestation
The biggest difference between complying with NIST 800-171 and CMMC is that with CMMC, there is no option for self-attestation.
The DoD is transitioning to the new CMMC framework and this framework will require all companies seeking CMMC compliance to work with an accredited and independent third-party organization called a C3PAO.
Although the method for providing evidence of compliance has changed with CMMC, 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 Compliance Objectives
With a security assessment from Corserva, you can meet your compliance objectives for NIST 800-171. If you have questions about CMMC, contact Corserva, we can help.
Corserva is a CMMC-AB Registered Provider Organization™ (RPO) and we are listed on the CMMC-AB Marketplace. Corserva provides CMMC consulting services for OSCs.
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