As a trusted CNC Machining Manufacturer involved in supply chains tied to federal government contacts, Toolcraft understands the importance of advanced security and compliance efforts. To protect the information of our businesses, citizens, and government, and to ensure our overall cybersecurity control structure, Toolcraft follows a clearly defined set of federal compliance guidelines. With 110 controls included in the standard, NIST 800.171 ensures that Toolcraft Machining is equipped with top-notch security within and throughout our facility. 

 What is NIST 800-171?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created Special Publication 800.171 to help protect Controlled Unclassified Information. NIST 800.171 provides recommended requirements for protecting the privacy of controlled unclassified information (CUI).  Defense contractors must implement the recommended requirements contained in NIST SP 800.171 to demonstrate their qualification of adequate security to protect the covered defense information included in their defense contracts, as required by DFARS clause 252.204-7012. 

NIST SP 800.171 derives from a combination of FIPS 200 and NIST SP 800.53. It contains 110 security controls across 14 categories, covering both administrative and technical categories. You can learn more about those categories and the NIST 800.171 checklist here.

According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (of which SP 800.171 is a part) covers five elements:

Identify – Develop the organizational understanding to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, assets, data, and capabilities. 

Protect – Develop and implement the appropriate safeguards to ensure delivery of critical infrastructure services. 

Detect – Develop and implement the appropriate activities to identify the occurrence of a cybersecurity event.

Respond – Develop and implement the appropriate activities to act upon regarding a detected cybersecurity event.

Recover – Develop and implement the appropriate activities to maintain plans for resilience and to restore any capabilities or services that were impaired due to a cybersecurity event.

Benefits of NIST 800.171

Some of the benefits of Toolcraft implementing the NIST 800.171 controls include:

 Risk Management –

1.      Reduced risk of data breaches

2.      Reduced risk from insider threats

3.      Framework and methodology for managing risk

Best Practices for data access policies

Protect Important Assets –

1.      Sensitive Systems

2.      Classified Information

3.      PII

Higher Level of Security over other CNC Machine Shops

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Ultimately, Toolcraft’s mission is to provide quality products and services while keeping sensitive information secure, protecting private organizations, and the United States government. To learn more about NIST 800.171, please visit the NIST official website. If you have questions for Toolcraft regarding our System Security Plan or how we can be of service to your business, please contact us.