What is NIST SP 800-171 and What Role Does it Play in Defense Contracting Compliance?

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The document library of the NIST website can be daunting and seemingly endless in terms of the various frameworks, controls and requirements that it provides. The 800 series, in particular, while important and, in many cases, necessary, is also hard to penetrate if you don’t already have some knowledge of what it contains. This can provide a challenge for organizations working with the DoD supply chain, especially those handling classified or sensitive material. 

In this article, we’ll cover one of these publications: NIST 800-171. This document defines security for a specific form of government information that many contractors under the executive or defense departments: CUI. While important on its own, this document also informs several important security frameworks, namely CMMC.

 

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What is NIST 800-66, and How Does it Apply to HIPAA?

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Cybersecurity is a community practice. Different innovations and discussions about new vulnerabilities, threats and controls inevitably influence security implementations in multiple markets and industries, depending on their applicability. This is just as true for healthcare, an industry generally governed by HIPAA. HIPAA, however, is complex, and organizations working in healthcare often look outside their own industry to help them better understand cybersecurity outside just hitting compliance checklists. That’s where NIST 800-66 comes in. 

In this article, we’ll discuss HIPAA security and how it relates to NIST 800-66. This NIST document helps healthcare providers under HIPAA understand more advanced security controls that could support their compliance, privacy and cybersecurity controls. 

 

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NIST 800-30 and the Risk Assessment Framework

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Risk assessment has been and continues to be, one of the more challenging cybersecurity practices that many organizations will put into place. Unlike simple security control implementation and maintenance, risk assessment calls for your organization to understand how adopting, or not adopting, particular controls, operations or processes can impact security.

As the federal government and the defense supply chain are turning more and more attention to the importance of cybersecurity (including President Biden’s Executive Order on the subject and the several bills in Congress addressing limitations in our security posture), businesses working in that area will be expected to implement risk-based compliance. This fact, in turn, means that you must understand critical government frameworks that speak about risk. 

In this article, we are discussing NIST 800-30 and how it serves as a foundation for risk assessment in government compliance. 

 

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