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NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?

By Erik Briceno

NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, more commonly referred to as NIST, puts out extremely important guidelines to follow, and we have covered those guidelines at length in past articles. However, there have been quite a few changes since we last wrote about them. Today, we’re putting out a refresher on the subject for readers who are unfamiliar with NIST compliance, as well as sources for some of the more recent, important updates to NIST standards.   Read more

Small Business IT Security Basics, Part 2: Investing in Cybersecurity

By Erik Briceno

Small Business IT Security Basics, Part 2: Investing in Cybersecurity

Small businesses increasingly rely on information technology to reach new markets, increase employee productivity and lower operating costs. At the same time, theft of digital data has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft.

The average cost of cybersecurity incidents ranges from about $34,604 for a small business to $1.05 million for a large business. That’s why companies of all sizes need a strong cybersecurity strategy to protect their data — the lifeblood of their business.

In Part 1 of Small Business IT Security Basics, we listed five essential steps that every company should take. Here are the next five actions for small businesses, starting with making sure your entire team is engaged.   Read more

A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy

By Erik Briceno

A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy

You never want a cybersecurity incident to happen. But in today’s complex technological landscape, it can happen. So you need to be prepared to implement an incident response plan that will help your business reduce the risks, costs and recovery time associated with a security breach or cyberattack.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

NIST SP 800-171: The Deadline Is Near, and I’m Not Ready. Is It Time to Panic?

Absolutely not! But like that famous ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the clock is ticking down. It’s time to get in compliance with the upgraded cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations.”

Federal government contractors need to meet these enhanced stipulations before the ball drops on Dec. 31, or they risk losing business.   Read more

What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)

By Erik Briceno

What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)

With the year-end deadline rapidly approaching for meeting updated federal cybersecurity standards, it’s important to know what’s involved.

What we’re talking about is safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This type of information regularly moves through or resides on the internal networks or information systems of most federal contractors. Simply put, the government wants to strengthen security to keep that information secure.   Read more

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

By Erik Briceno

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

If you’re a federal government contractor, you might already know you need to conform to the updated cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.”

If that bit of government-speak has you perplexed, don’t worry. We’re here to guide you through the bureaucratic maze, so you can meet these requirements by the rapidly approaching year-end deadline of Dec. 31. We’ll explain what this means for your business and how to make sure you meet the requirements.   Read more

NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?
NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?
Small Business IT Security Basics, Part 2: Investing in Cybersecurity
Small Business IT Security Basics, Part 2: Investing in Cybersecurity
A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy
A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy
What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)
What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline