DFARS NIST 800-171 Assessments

FLANK provides DFARS NIST 800-171 assessments for Department of Defense (DoD) federal contractors throughout North America.  

NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations (June, 2015), is an important publication for defense contractors due largely to the fact that federal agencies will start imposing such language into future contracts, particularly with the Department of Defense. With growing cybersecurity challenges threatening the safety and security of sensitive information, the federal government has become steadfast in their quest for promoting mandatory security best practices, which ultimately means developing a large range of policies and procedures – and other supporting material – in accordance with the NIST SP 800-171 requirements.

FLANK offers the very best DFARS NIST 800 policy toolkits and templates documentation that map directly to the NIST SP 800-171 and NIST SP 800-53 frameworks. Visit flank.org to learn more about our industry leading federal regulatory compliance services regarding DFARS NIST 800-171 assessments.

DFARS NIST 800-171 Assessments for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors are constantly storing, processing, and transmitting sensitive federal information for purposes of assisting such federal agencies in carrying out their core missions and business operations. Additionally, federal information is also being shared amongst state and local governments, universities, and other entities, thus strict mandates are now being put in place for ensuring the safety and security of such information. It’s a new cybersecurity world we all live in, so now’s the time to put in place all mandated documentation for compliance, so visit flank.org to learn more about our industry leading NIST SP 800-53 and NIST SP 800-171 policy toolkits and templates available for instant download today.

Additionally, Executive Order 13556 put forth the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program to provide a standardized process in how the executive branch handles unclassified information requiring protection. Additionally, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) administers the program. Information that qualifies as "controlled unclassified information" is defined by NARA in the CUI Registry, an extensive list of executive branch information that requires controls based on laws, regulations or government-wide policies.

DFARS NIST 800-171 Assessments Phases

DFARS NIST 800-171 Assessments can be a challenging and time-consuming endeavor, so here’s what you need to know for ensuring an efficient process from beginning to end, one that saves your business thousands of dollars:

  • Phase I:  Begin with a DFARS 800-171 Readiness & Gap Assessment: The trusted federal compliance professionals at FLANK will help determine and confirm scope, assess gaps and deficiencies within your control environment, provide guidance on future deliverables and milestones, and much more
  • Phase II: Remediate all Essential Deficiencies: Federal contractors seeking to become DFARS 800-171 compliant will without question have two (2) main areas requiring remediation; first, documentation remediation in the form of InfoSec policies and procedures; second, security/technical/operational remediation in the form of acquiring and implementing various security software tools, etc. Both elements of remediation can require considerable efforts
  • Phase III: Download and then Develop all DFARS 800-171 InfoSec Policies: If you have little or no documentation, or your InfoSec policies and procedures are antiquated and outdated – which is often the norm – then sourcing high-quality, professionally researched and developed templates and policy packets is a must – for which FLANK offers.
  • Phase IV: Develop a System Security Plan (SSP): The purpose of the System Security Plan (SSP) is to provide an overview of the security requirements of the system and to effectively describe the controls in place or planned, for meeting those requirements.
  • Phase V: Deploy Continuous Monitoring Initiatives: Becoming DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant is a notable milestone indeed, but the continuous monitoring initiatives for ensuring compliance is maintained is often the bigger challenge, yet we can assist with such endeavors.
  • Phase VI: If Necessary, have a Third-Party Assessment Performed: A select number of federal contractors are now being asked to have an independent third-party perform an assessment against the DFARS NIST 800-171 standards, for which FLANK can assist

Providers of NIST 800-171 Policy Templates and Toolkits

Are you providing critical services to the federal government – particularly the Department of Defense (DoD) – if so, then expect enhanced compliance mandates to be coming your way in regards to information security. FLANK is the only true provider offering documentation mapping directly to the NIST SP 800-53 and NIST SP 800-171 mandates, so visit flank.org today and learn more about our industry leading documentation.  The new age of cybersecurity is here – one that includes massive regulatory compliance mandates – so talk to the experts today at FLANK regarding DFARS NIST 800-171 assessments.