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CHIPS Articles: Final Draft for Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information Released

Final Draft for Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information Released
By CHIPS Magazine - February 21, 2018
The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) resident in nonfederal systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully conduct its assigned missions and business operations, NIST cautions.

This publication provides federal and nonfederal organizations with assessment procedures and a methodology that can be employed to conduct assessments of the CUI security requirements in NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. The assessment procedures are flexible and can be customized to the needs of the organizations and the assessors conducting the assessments.

Security assessments can be conducted as self-assessments; independent, third-party assessments; or government-sponsored assessments and can be applied with various degrees of rigor, based on customer-defined depth and coverage attributes. The findings and evidence produced during the security assessments can facilitate risk-based decisions by organizations related to the CUI requirements.

NIST posted the Final Draft of Special Publication 800-171A, Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This publication is intended to help organizations develop assessment plans and conduct efficient, effective, and cost-effective assessments of the security requirements in NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, according to the NIST release.

The SP 800-171 draft:

  • Provides flexible and tailorable assessment procedures for the CUI security requirements;
  • Defines assessment objectives to help guide and inform assessments of CUI security requirements;
  • Specifies assessment methods that can be used to generate evidence and produce findings and results;
  • Describes a set of assessment objects to which the methods can be applied;
  • Facilitates different levels of assurance in security assessments by varying the scope and rigor of the assessment through selectable depth and coverage attributes; and
  • Provides additional discussion to explain and interpret the CUI security requirements.

Feedback on this draft publication is important. Comments received from the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, continue to help shape the final publication to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of NIST customers.

Please submit comments using the comment template.

Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations
Date Published: February 2018
Comments Due: March 23, 2018
Email comments to: sec-cert@nist.gov

Authors:
Ron Ross, Kelley Dempsey, Victoria Pillitteri (NIST)

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