As a DIB contractor navigating the extensive NIST 800-171 and CMMC requirements, it’s understandable to become overwhelmed by your contractual obligations and their breadth. If your contracts contain the DFARS 7012, 7019, or 7020 clauses, act now and schedule a consultative call to learn more about how TSI can help get your organization closer to achieving compliance with NIST 800-171 by helping develop your readiness assessment, SSP, POAM and SPRS score.

What is NIST SP 800-171?

NIST 800-171, is a set of security guidelines and requirements published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST 800-171 provides a framework of security controls and best practices that government defense contractors should implement to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Compliance with NIST 800-171 is often required by federal agencies when they enter into contracts or agreements with non-federal organizations that involve the handling of CUI. Organizations with the DFARS 7012 contractual clause are subject to this requirement, and must assess their security posture, implement the necessary controls, and conduct periodic security assessments to demonstrate compliance with the guidelines.


TSI: Your Ally in Assisting DoD Contractors

NIST 800-171 comprises of 14 domain families, addressing various aspects of information security for safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). These domains encompass access control, training, auditing, configuration management, authentication, incident response, maintenance, media protection, personnel security, physical security, risk assessment, security authorization, system and communications protection, and system integrity. Each domain offers specific guidance and requirements to enhance the security posture of non-federal systems and organizations handling CUI.

How Does TSI Help DoD Contractors Like You?

We address all NIST 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 controls

We develop audit-ready compliance policies and documentation

TSI is C3PAO assessed & CMMC compliant ready

We guide you through the entire SPRS submission and CMMC 2.0
security program process

We minimize the costs and time to implement NIST 800-171 & CMMC
compliant environments, ensuring your good standing with the DoD

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Navigating Through NIST SP 800-171 Challenges

Aligning every facet of operations with NIST SP 800-171 might seem like a colossal task. It involves scrutinizing current practices, identifying gaps, and implementing changes—which may mean new tools, training sessions, and shifts in operational strategies. With TSI as your IT ally, this task transforms from overwhelming to entirely manageable.

NIST 800-171 Compliance Resources

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    CISSP Led, On-Staff Security Compliance Team; complete IT Support & Cybersecurity.

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DFARS 7012 requires compliance to NIST 800-171 | Contractors must report cybersecurity incidents to DoD within 72 hours | Cooperation with DoD investigators is required

DFARS 7019 & 7020 require a self-assessment and accurate reporting of your Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) score

Failing to meet these requirements may be considered a material breach of your contract terms, potentially leading to the loss of your current contract, ability to pursue future contracts or prosecution under the False Claims Act (FCA)

Determine your current compliance status with NIST 800-171:

  • Check with your Prime or Contracting Officer.
  • Review your RFI/RFPs and Section H of DoD Contracts (and other agencies).

Conduct NIST 800-171 Readiness Assessment.

Calculate and submit NIST score to SPRS.

Develop NIST 800-171 Report and Implementation Roadmap.

Begin formulating System Security Plan (SSP).

Generate Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM).

Regularly maintain and update SSP.

NIST 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 cybersecurity risk assessment report including prioritized recommendations.

Updated and accurate SPRS score.

Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM).

Develop framework of System Security Plan (SSP).

NIST 800-171 & CMMC 2.0 Implementation Roadmap.



The Path to NIST 800-171 Compliance Begins Here

Find out how TSI can help your organization achieve NIST 800-171 compliance - connect with a TSI compliance expert for an introductory phone call to discuss your unique and specific needs. Call us at (508) 543-6979 or click the button below to get started.