The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within nonfederal systems and organizations is vitally important to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully conduct its assigned missions and business operations. This publication provides federal and nonfederal organizations with assessment procedures and a methodology that can be used to conduct assessments of the CUI security requirements in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.
The assessment procedures are flexible and can be adapted to the needs of the organizations and the assessors conducting the assessments, NIST explained in a release. “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
NIST authors: Ron Ross, Kelley Dempsey, Victoria Pillitteri