Smithers has been around for almost a century, and we are a proud provider of testing, consulting information and compliance services globally. We know standards and certifications and work with companies to help them ensure that they are in total compliance with all regulations regarding their business — including NIST SP 800-171.
If you are doing business (or planning to do business) with the Federal government, you need NIST 800-171 certification. This code applies to anyone who processes, stores or transmits controlled unclassified information (CUI). Certifying that you are NIST 800-171 compliant guarantees the safety and security of the data from cybercriminals.
Suppose you're planning to submit a request for proposal (RFP) to the Department of Defense (DoD) or General Services Administration (GSA). In that case, the contract you sign when submitting your RFP confirms that your company is NIST 800-171 compliant. Read on to find out more about NIST 800-171 certification and why it is so important.
NIST stands for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST created the code 800-171 to ensure that companies doing business with the state or federal government protect the CUI and other data stored on computers that are not held on government property. Both contractors and sub-contractors need to abide by the security measures requested by this NIST 800-171 standard.
You may be wondering where you get started to ensure that you are NIST 800-171 compliant. Here is a NIST 800-171 checklist with factors that you will need to consider when getting started:
No, it isn't possible to get contracts without NIST 800-171 compliance. When you submit your RFP, you are confirming that you already have certification in place.
Controlled unclassified information is any sensitive yet unregulated material found in paper files, blueprints, proprietary information, email attachments, emails, electronic files and more.
Our cybersecurity services team can work with you to make sure you cover your bases and are in total compliance with NIST SP 800-171 so you can continue to work with state and federal government agencies without interruption.
Smithers has the experience necessary to ensure that you meet all the requirements of NIST 800-171 and can get the certification you need to secure government contracts. Contact us to learn more!