NIST SP 800-171 is a set of standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that outlines practices non-federal organizations can use to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI). CUI is sensitive but unregulated information from the U.S. Federal government and applies to non-federal agencies working with agencies such as the United States Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), federal agency services providers, vendors and suppliers for federal agencies, and higher education institutions that get federal grants.
NIST 800-171 is required for all non-federal agencies that process, store, or transmit CUI. In this NIST 800-171 compliance resource center, we’ll investigate the history of the framework, what it’s designed to do, and how you can integrate these standards into your cybersecurity plan.
In addition to ensuring your ability to compete for federal contracts, there are several benefits of implementing NIST 800-171 controls, not just for CUI, but also for other important and sensitive data created, processed, transmitted, or stored by your organization.
Here are some key benefits of NIST 800-171 compliance: