Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information: Comment on Draft NIST SP 800-171 Rev. 2 and Draft NIST SP 800-171B (comment period ends July 19, 2019)

https://csrc.nist.gov/News/2019/draft-sp-800-171-rev-2-and-sp-800-171b

NIST is seeking comments on Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 Revision 2Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, and Draft NIST SP 800-171BProtecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations: Enhanced Security Requirements for Critical Programs and High Value Assets.

The public comment period for both publications ends on July 19, 2019. See the publication details for SP 800-171 Rev. 2 and SP 800-171B for document files and instructions on submitting comments.

Details

Draft NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2 provides minor editorial changes in Chapters One and Two, and in the Glossary, Acronyms, and References appendices. There are no changes to the basic and derived security requirements in Chapter Three. For ease of use, the Discussion sections, previously located in Appendix F (SP 800-171 Revision 1), have been relocated to Chapter Three to coincide with the basic and derived security requirements.

Draft NIST SP 800-171BProtecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations: Enhanced Security Requirements for Critical Programs and High Value Assets, was developed in the spring of 2019 as a supplement to NIST SP 800-171. This new document offers additional recommendations for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in nonfederal systems and organizations where that information runs a higher-than-usual risk of exposure. When CUI is part of a critical program or a high value asset (HVA), it can become a significant target for high-end, sophisticated adversaries (i.e., the advanced persistent threat (APT)). In recent years, these critical programs and HVAs have been subjected to an ongoing barrage of serious cyberattacks, prompting the Department of Defense to request additional guidance from NIST.

The enhanced security requirements are to be implemented in addition to the basic and derived requirements in NIST SP 800-171, since the basic and derived requirements are not designed to address the APT. The enhanced security requirements apply only to components of nonfederal systems that process, store, or transmit CUI or that provide protection for such components when the designated CUI is contained in a critical program or HVA. The enhanced security requirements are only applicable for a nonfederal system or organization when mandated by a federal agency in a contract, grant, or other agreement.

NIST Special Publications Update

Two major NIST publications are about to be finalized on June 14: NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171A, “Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information”; and an update to the NIST SP 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.” The draft 171A text may be found on the NIST site: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-171a/draft.  The 800-171A is intended to help organizations develop assessment plans and conduct assessments of the security requirements in NIST SP 800-171, which defines the requirements for protecting CUI on non-Federal systems consistent with the CUI Federal regulation (32 CFR 2002.14h2).

NIST issues update for NIST SP 800-171, Revision 1

NIST announces the release of an errata update for Special Publication 800-171, Revision 1Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. The errata update includes minor changes to the publication that are either editorial or corrective in nature.

 

nist sp 800-171.1 2.png

NIST Special Publication 800-171A open for review

Today, NIST announced the release of draft Special Publication 800-171AAssessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information. This publication is a companion tool for NIST Special Publication 800-171Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, and is intended to help organizations develop assessment plans and conduct efficient, effective, and cost- Continue reading “NIST Special Publication 800-171A open for review”