Friday, March 17, 2017

Manufacturing meets Security

If you are a government defense contractor and you receive controlled unclassified information, you must comply with NIST SP800-171.

In April of 2015, NIST published the first public draft of something called SP800-171 which described requirements for protecting controlled unclassified information on non-federal information systems and organizations. The government also published regulation (DFARS 252.204-7012) that states that any entity that collects, develops, receives, transmits, uses, or stores defense information in support of a government contract must abide by the guidance in SP800-171 – with a deadline of compliance to happen by December of 2017. That’s right around the corner!

What does all of this mean?

There are 14 categories of compliance and each one has numerous objectives that must be achieved. This means that there are various processes, procedures and probably systems that you will have to implement to achieve compliance with this mandate. There is a lot of guidance on the internet on how to comply, but much of this information is obscure and difficult to read. Putting together a game plan for compliance can be a daunting task – especially if you don’t know how to comply with items such as Performing a Risk Assessment or Create a Vulnerability Program.

Let me know if I can help - I'm continually working with organizations that have compliance challenges and helping put together strategies for understanding where the gaps are and executing projects to close those gaps.

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