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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about NIST 800-171 Compliance. Many tend to assume at least one of the following assumptions about NIST Compliance is true – do you?

  • Becoming NIST Compliant is inordinately expensive
  • A business can be too small to have to bother with NIST Compliance
  • If you don’t work for the government, then you don’t need to be NIST Compliant
  • You’re already out of time to become NIST Compliant because it’s past deadline

How did you do? Which one(s) do you think are false?

Trick answer – they all are!

NIST Is Complicated

Despite how much work it may be to ensure you’re compliant, that’s no excuse to put it off.

You need to understand NIST 800-171  – if you don’t, you and your business are at risk, simple as that.

Given that you collect, store, or transmit Covered Defense Information (CDI), that means you must comply with NIST (The National Institute of Standards and Technology) regulations 800-171.

Your subcontractors must comply as well and be able to maintain compliance. If you don’t, you can’t bid on DoD contracts, and you may lose the ones you have.

What Is NIST 800-171?

With NIST 800-171, it’s the contractor’s responsibility to safeguard all data and information related to any work performed for the DoD, including:

  • Controlled technical information (CTI)
  • Information that would be described as controlled unclassified information (CUI)
  • Covered defense information (CDI)

If you’re not compliant, you’re technically no longer qualified to contract with the DoD – no matter which contracts you have in place or the professional relationships you’ve built over the years.

Partner With Hill Tech Solutions To Stay NIST Compliant

Hill Tech Solutions has experience successfully completing NIST 800-171 Assessments, IT Security Audits, and delivering cybersecurity best practices consulting in both private and public sector environments of all sizes.

Our streamlined assessment process can guide you through becoming compliant – all you have to do is reach out to our team.

Contact us at 410-671-5780 or [email protected] to learn more about how your organization can get and stay NIST compliant.