NIST Hosted Controlled Unclassified Information Security Requirements Workshop

On October 18, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), will host an informational workshop providing an overview of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS) Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting Clause, and NIST Special Publications 800-171 and 800-171A.

This workshop will also feature panels of Federal Government representatives discussing expectations for evaluating evidence and implementing the CUI Security Requirements and industry representatives sharing best practices and lessons learned.

The CUI Security Requirements Workshop is open to all interested stakeholders and is free to attend. The workshop will also be available via webcast; advanced registration is not required for webcast.

To register please sign up here (for online or in person):

(In-person registration closes October 11, 2018.)

DATEOctober 18, 2018 

TIME:  7:30 – 5:30

LOCATIONNIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (Red Auditorium)

CUI Program Update to Stakeholders​​ (Webinar link and call-in ​information)

The next scheduled webinar will be 15 Aug 2018 (1-3 EDT). 
P​lease use the following to access the webinar:
Participants can join the event directly at:


Dial-in Number:  800-988-0218

Audience passcode: 8866011

Conference number: PWXW7882322

The webinar will include:

  • A brief overview of the CUI program;
  • An update on agency implementation efforts;
  • The status and plans for a CUI Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule;
  • A review of upcoming events; and,
  • Time for Questions and Answers.  Note:  During the webinar, participants may submit questions through the instant messenger feature.

CUI Resource List

The CUI Executive Agent has created a resource that summarizes the products that are available for download from the CUI Program’s website.  These resources have been developed to assist Executive branch agencies and Non-Government entities (including industry and academic institutions) understand and implement the CUI Program.  Click here click here for the resource.

A short video talking about CUI and the contracting environment.

Here is a video from an event on 2/2/2018, hosted by stackArmor, where  Devin Casey, CUI Program Analyst, speaks to the CUI program and plans for oversight and contracting. Topics range from how the distinctions between CUI and Proprietary information to agencies implementation efforts and general timelines for implementation of CUI in the federal environment as well as through contracts.
If you would like to learn more or to schedule a briefing of your own please contact us at:

Promoting Appropriate Information Protection and Sharing: CUI and the Public Interest Declassification Board

Just as the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) Director Mark A. Bradley acts as the Executive Agent for the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program in reforming the protection and handling of unclassified information across Executive Branch agencies, the ISOO Director also serves as the Executive Secretary for the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB).

Congress established the PIDB to promote broad public access to an accurate record of the most significant national security decisions and activities of the United States Government.  Serving the President as a joint Executive and Legislative Branch advisory board, the PIDB seats nine members, five appointed by the President and one each by the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House as well as the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate. Appointees must be U.S. citizens who are preeminent in the fields of history, national security, foreign policy, intelligence policy, social science, law, or archives.

The PIDB advises the President on the classification and declassification of National Security Information (NSI), providing policy recommendations that promote the appropriate sharing and protection of NSI in the current digital age.  The bipartisan PIDB is in the final stages of preparing a new report to the President recommending a strategy to reduce over-classification, to make classification more precise, and to facilitate more rapid and agile information sharing through digital communications and information systems.

PIDB’s Declassification Technology Working Group, composed of Executive Branch classification and information security officials, have provided input to develop the forthcoming report to the President.  Recommendations in the report focus on issues of modernizing declassification in the management of electronic records across the federal government, and other issues of information security and access vital to the public interest.

PIDB encourages information and security management professionals to comment on the recommendations by subscribing to the PIDB blog Transforming Classification, at:, where, in the coming weeks, PIDB will publish the report.



Archivist David S. Ferriero Introduces CUI Video

The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, introduces a new CUI video on YouTube, which stresses the critical importance of sharing and protecting CUI.

Addressed to the wide community involved in handling and protecting CUI, the CUI video runs about 12 minutes, and presents discussions on the following topics:

  • The definition of CUI, and the distinctions between types of information provided in the CUI Registry;
  • The principles of access and sharing as they apply to lawful government purpose and limited dissemination control markings;
  • Marking requirements overall, and for email, packages and standard mail;
  • Controlled environments, both physical and electronic;
  • The reproduction of CUI;
  • FAXing CUI;
  • Reporting incidents;
  • The destruction of CUI; and
  • The acceptable indicators for the decontrol of CUI.

In the video, Mr. Ferriero acknowledges the implementation of CUI concepts and tools “as an art practiced by civil servants in every department and agency, and their non-federal partners, working on behalf of the American people.”

The video is available for download from the ISOO website and may be used to support and supplement training and awareness efforts.