NIST 800-171

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Everything you need for NIST compliance

  • NIST 800-171 Plan

    NIST 800-171 Plan

    Step by step implementation plan outlines every NIST 800-171 requirement

  • Customized Policies

    Customized Policies

    Our automated policy builder ensures your policies meet NIST 800-171 requirements

  • Policy Management

    Policy Management

    Reduce admin time with automated employee reminders and tracking

  • Security Awareness Training

    Security Awareness Training

    In-platform Carbide Academy videos on security and privacy best practices with a template library for common requirements

  • Evidence Collection

    Evidence Collection

    100+ technical integrations connecting to your tech stack to automatically capture your compliance with NIST 800-171

  • Audit Support

    Audit Support

    Save time by giving auditors a read-only view of your NIST 800-171 reporting dashboard

  • Robust Ecosystem

    Robust Ecosystem

    Carbide’s security and privacy services and network of audit partners help you meet requirements faster


  • Multi-Compliance by Design

    Multi-Compliance by Design

    Comply with multiple frameworks & regulations with our unified platform

  • Cloud Monitoring

    Cloud Monitoring

    Easily collect data with automated security monitoring, security assessments, and remediation tools to make actionable insights on your cloud environment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NIST 800-171?

NIST 800-171 is a publication that establishes comprehensive cybersecurity standards for defense contractors, private businesses with federal contracts, and public institutions that handle United States government information. It includes 110 distinct security controls. The framework comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and its ultimate goal is to protect American infrastructure and agencies from cybersecurity threats.

Do you need an audit for NIST 800-171?

There isn’t a designated certification organization or official auditors for NIST 800-171, unlike some security frameworks (like SOC 2, ISO 27001, or PCI DSS). However, government agencies may conduct their own assessments or audits to determine if contractors are successfully meeting security requirements. Businesses can also use Carbide’s platform to assess, implement, and prove your business adheres to all the requirements of NIST 800-171.

Who does NIST 800-171 apply to?

The security requirements contained in the NIST 800-171 publication apply to any nonfederal system or organization where mandated in a contract, grant, or other agreement with a United States federal agency. Any businesses that process, store, or transmit sensitive government information (referred to by NIST as Controlled Unclassified Information or CUI) must follow these controls as outlined by NIST.

How is NIST 800-171 compliance enforced?

Failing to meet NIST 800-171 standards means a business would not be eligible for new government contracts. If your business has existing government contracts, failure to meet compliance with NIST 800-171 would put a business in breach of contractual requirements and result in a terminated contract. In the event of a data breach or security incident, there could be other more significant penalties.

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