Compliance for NIST SP 800-171 is required for government contractors, consultants, service providers and others that process, store or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) for state or federal agencies.
If you’re already doing business with the government, you are responsible for certifying, monitoring, and implementing IT system security and any CUI transmitted or stored in these systems. Critical cybersecurity practices will be ongoing. In fact, a non-compliant company may lose the ability to bid or recompete on government contracts.
And the benefits go beyond compliance—this is a model for improved record keeping, data handling, and securing your organization and its intellectual property.