NIST 800-171 Compliance: who needs it and why?
The main entities and organizations that need to comply with NIST 800-171 are:
Who needs to comply with NIST 800-171
Department of Defense (DoD) contractors
General Services Administration (GSA) contractors
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contractors
Universities and research institutions receiving federal grants
Any other organization that processes, stores, or transfers CUI of a federal agency
NIST 800-171 compliance allows these entities to better mitigate the risk of insider threats and reduce the risk of data breaches. In turn, non-compliance with NIST SP 800-171 may result in the loss of contracts with a federal agency and ensuing financial losses and reputational damage.
NIST 800-171 vs NIST 800-53
These two information security standards have several meaningful differences:
Overview of functionality
NIST SP 800-171
NIST SP 800-53
Required for compliance with
|Contractors of federal agencies
Provides security guidelines for working with
|Controlled unclassified information (CUI)
|Information systems of government institutions
Security control families covered
Still, many security controls in FISMA and DFARS overlap. Organizations that are already compliant with one of these regimes are likely to already meet most requirements of the other.
No matter what cybersecurity requirements are outlined in a contract between a federal agency and their contractor, the contractor still needs to meet the requirements of NIST 800-171.
The Ekran System platform includes a wide selection of cybersecurity capabilities that come in handy for complying with NIST 800-171 cybersecurity requirements. In particular, using Ekran System as NIST 800-171 compliance software, you can implement basic security requirements for compliance with NIST 800-171 in four control families:
- Access Control
- Audit and Accountability
- Identification and Authentication
- Incident Response
Thanks to its rich functionality, Ekran System also works as a NIST 800-171 compliance solution that helps you meet the requirements of most derived security requirements within these control families:
Meeting NIST 800-171 requirements with Ekran System
|Ekran System functionality
Identification and Authorization
Audit and Accountability
|Audit and Accountability
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