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Put into effect on December 31, 2017, the NIST 800-171 is a set of guidelines that standardizes how executive agencies and federal government contractors protect controlled unclassified information (CUI). Published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the document’s purpose is to ensure the safety and confidentiality of this data. NIST 800-171 compliance is mandatory for all entities that handle sensitive information from the government and is enforced by the Department of Defense.

NIST 800-171 specifies how a company’s information systems are setup and utilized to protect information that is shared between the DoD and the contractor.  This information is typically referred to as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  Ensuring that this information is protected can be done via a cybersecurity and network assessment performed internally by the network professional.

As it can be difficult to maintain compliance on your own, many organizations tend to rely on the help of a third-party IT provider. A good IT provider can make implementation and compliance with these requirements an easier and more manageable task.

At WCCS, we’ll help you remain compliant with NIST SP 800-171. Our robust security processes and compliance standards are designed to keep your network safe and secure from external threats. If you would like to learn more about our services give us a call today!

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