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NIST Releases Draft SP 800-171A for public comment
November 28, 2017

NIST announces the release of Draft Special Publication 800-171AAssessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information. This publication is intended to help organizations develop assessment plans and conduct efficient, effective, and cost-effective assessments of the security requirements in NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information is Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.

This objective is accomplished by:

  • Providing flexible and tailorable assessment procedures for the CUI security requirements;
  • Defining assessment objectives to help guide and inform the assessment;
  • Specifying assessment methods that can be used to generate evidence and produce findings and results;
  • Describing a set of assessment objects to which the methods can be applied;
  • Facilitating different levels of assurance in security assessments by varying the scope and rigor of the assessment through selectable depth and coverage attributes; and
  • Providing supplemental guidance to explain and interpret the CUI security requirements.

Your feedback on this draft publication is important to us. We appreciate each contribution from our reviewers. The very insightful comments from the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, continue to help shape the final publication to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of our customers.

For full details and link to this draft - please see link above for Draft SP 800-171A.

Created November 28, 2017, Updated June 22, 2020