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CHIPS Articles: Security Assessment Procedures for Controlled Unclassified Information

Security Assessment Procedures for Controlled Unclassified Information
By CHIPS Magazine - June 14, 2018
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 requirements.”

NIST authors: Ron Ross, Kelley Dempsey, Victoria Pillitteri

SP 800-171A (DOI)
NIST Download

Supplemental Material:
CUI SSP template **[see Planning Note] (Word)
CUI Plan of Action template (Word)

**There is no prescribed format or specified level of detail for system security plans. However, organizations should ensure that the required information in [SP 800-171 Requirement] 3.12.4 is conveyed in those plans.

Other Parts of this Publication:
SP 800-171 Rev. 1

Related NIST Publications:
SP 800-53 Rev. 4
SP 800-53A Rev. 4

Document History:
Draft SP 800-171A (2/20/18)
SP 800-171A (6/13/18)

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