HRCT Leads Your Organization Through CUI, CDI and NIST Certification
Hampton Roads Communication Technologies can help you assess your current system and quickly ramp your business into readiness status.
Handling classified data carries a lot of legal requirements and earning compliance credentials in the field can help your company land business from governments and organizations that follow strict standards of privacy. Understanding what the various designations mean is the first step in becoming CUI, CDI and NIST-compliant. Next, assess where your business falls on the readiness spectrum. Finally, partner with an IT service provider that has helped dozens of clients attain these CUI/CDI markings.
What Do the CUI, CDI and NIST Credential Really Mean?
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI) are the latest in a long history of government credentials.
CDI covers CUI as well as Controlled Technical Information (CTI). All these designations refer to unclassified content that needs to be protected according to certain specifications. They are used by governments and organizations that follow government standards. These classifications combine several previous markings used to assess security and privacy standards when working with municipal and other government levels.
How Can You Assess Your Company’s Readiness?
Beyond the jargon and acronyms, there are four basic questions that tell you whether your organization is ready to take on work requiring government-level privacy safeguards.
1. Do your data storage and access control meet CUI scope?
You can research the practices of suppliers and contractors of the federal government and compare them with your company’s current policies and procedures.
2. Is your CUI-level data isolated?
Controlled unclassified information needs to be secured in a single set of systems with stringent controls. This provides greater protection than unconsolidated data sets spread throughout many systems. Applying controls gets to be expensive and it’s easy to cut corners on peripheral systems, but all systems with access to CUI data need to follow the same standards.
3. Is the CUI controlled sufficiently?
Carefully monitor and audit access channels to CUI. Having CUI is one system helps your control access efficiently. However, network, physical location, infrastructure and network factors require auditing to ensure they mean the standards of the credentials you seek.
4. Does your data storage site follow mature IT practices?
Although separate from CUI standards, following IT best practices is essential to maintaining control.
- How often are backups run?
- Are software applications patched regularly for security updates?
- Is antivirus software installed on the devices and software that provide access to sensitive data?
HRCT can help you navigate your way through these questions and bridge any gaps you find. NIST standards are another type of privacy and security marking affiliated with government contracts.
What HRCT Services Help Your Company Meet NIST SP 800-171 Standards?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines this set of standards, which promote cybersecurity and other IT best practices.
HRCT consultants begin by conducting a security assessment of your business. Here’s what we look for:
- Isolated storage and security designed to comply with NIST SP 800-171
- Encryption and other cybersecurity safeguards
- Access control for limited access to CUI or CDI.
- Tracking and auditing of incident response.
- Maintenance to keep apps and systems updated
HRCT provides managed services that include best practices to keep your CUI and CDI safe from hackers. Contact us for a risk assessment and for more information about our compliance consulting services.