I looked at the calendar this morning and thought, it’s time for me to make some noise! For months (actually this entire year), I’ve been informing customers about the looming deadline to comply with NIST Special Publication 800-171. It is now the end of November and it’s all getting very real — just one short month until the December 2017 deadline.
Why do I feel compelled to share this with you?
Because I have a vested interest in the success of our customers. And the fact is if you aren’t already NIST SP 800-171 compliant and you do business with the U.S. Federal Government, you need to move this exercise to the top of your priority list.
Not only does this mandate impact your ability to work with and/or supply goods and services to the United States Federal Government but the implementation will impact every part of your organization — which has pros and cons attached. The con being the complexity of the mandate. The pro being that in the long run NIST SP 800-171 will also help you improve and tighten controls on processes across your entire organization. — Always a good thing.
Specifically, there are 14 security requirements outlined in Chapter 3 of NIST SP 800-171 that touch every single element within your organization. These requirements dictate protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) — the data, the flow of data and the security of the data.
Why NIST SP 800-171?
Taking a step back, it is important to note the three most fundamental components of NIST SP 800-171 compliance, include:
- ensuring the identity of the person attempting to gain access;
- guaranteeing that this person is not able to gain more access rights than entitled;
- and once in, tracing actions on the systems of privileged users.
The mandate states that entities supplying to the U.S. Federal Government must bring a more secure authentication solution into their organization. In other words, no more passwords. There are a lot of different ways to approach this mandate but no matter which direction you go, it is important to select a partner who will also help you look ahead to potential future mandates so as to maximize your investment.
Look for a Partner Who Takes a Holistic Approach to Security
This is where Axiad IDS comes in. Not only do we bring together best-in-class technologies to help you comply quickly, easily and cost-effectively with NIST SP 800-171, but we help you plan for the future.
Specifically, you want a partner who understands the IT cybersecurity challenge. How do you maximize the opportunities presented by a digital world while staying ahead of the risks? And do so with limited resources? Axiad IDS provides the resources and expertise to help organizations focus on the long-term business value of critical technology investments including, usability, manageability, ROI and TCO relative to threats and risks.
Simplicity and Security in the Cloud
A cloud-based solution can remove complexity for organizations while reducing risk and lowering upfront investment. For example, Axiad IDS offers an easy-to-deploy Cloud option including a virtual private cloud (VPC) dedicated to each organization’s data to ensure there is no co-mingling of sensitive data. By eliminating the potential for human error in the set-up and management of the identification and authentication process, Axiad ID Cloud delivers secure MFA solutions while ensuring predictable cost containment. Solutions are designed to address the specific and varied identity assurance needs of each user population. Fully maintained and managed by Axiad IDS, organizations are able to be operational (and in compliance!) in days versus months.
In future blogs we will take you into the trenches to explore real use cases - where the Cloud has helped organizations big and small achieve mandate compliance — quickly, simply and cost-effectively.
What Do You Need to Do Next…
If you are reading this blog and are already working toward compliance with NIST SP 800-171 - Bravo! But if you are still trying to figure out where to start, I encourage you to reach out to a trusted industry partner and expert. We can help you create a timeline and cost-effective plan to help you achieve compliance before the December 2017 deadline.
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Monica Nascimento is the Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Axiad IDS. Axiad IDS provides trusted identity and access solutions allowing customers to: safely interact online; the freedom to access information from anywhere; and the confidence to fully benefit from today’s digital world.
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