NIST 800-171/800-53, RMF and CMMC Compliance

Security standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have become crucial for nearly all government contracts, including the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF), special publications (SP) 800-171 and 800-53, and the developing Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

Today, most government contractors are required to comply with at least one of these regulations through relationships with the Department of Defense (DoD), DoD partners, intelligence community (IC) members, and many other agencies.

Assessments and compliance services can help organizations find gaps in their compliance strategy, win more contracts and avoid fines for non-compliance.

At DataLock, we have the experience you can rely on to provide thorough and proactive evaluations of your cybersecurity posture based on government standards such as NIST and CMMC. We thoroughly assess your security controls, providing recommendations to improve compliance and reduce risk to your long-term business resilience.

NIST and CMMC Compliance Facts

  • Fewer than 50% of healthcare providers are compliant with NIST's cybersecurity framework (CSF)
  • Penetration testing by a third-party assessment organization (3PAO) is mandatory for NIST 800-53 assessments
  • In 2022, the minimum False Claims Act penalty has increased to $12,537

NIST and CMMC Compliance Services

  • Gap Analysis – uncover the gaps between your existing cybersecurity posture, CMMC and relevant NIST frameworks (including RMF, CSF, 800-171 and 800-53). Review your existing company policies and procedures; conduct risk assessments to determine where your organization does not meet framework requirements.
  • Guided Compliance – guide your organization towards compliance with federal cybersecurity standards. As an ISO/IEC 17020:2012 accredited business, DataLock is able to conduct official assessments for NIS 800-171 and 800-53 while providing advisory services for CMMC compliance.
  • Vulnerability Management – develop a vulnerability management program that includes key risk areas and ongoing scanning processes; conduct comprehensive vulnerability scans; provide scan results interpretation while highlighting risks to NIST and CMMC compliance.
  • Penetration Testing – perform comprehensive external and internal penetration tests to find exploitable vulnerabilities; provide documentation for decision makers with proof of concept; develop a remediation plan for both internal systems and network-facing devices.
  • Policies and Procedures Development– create security policies and procedures customized for your organization to protect sensitive data and critical IT systems. This includes sensitive customer information and private data, including controlled unclassified information (CUI), employee and financial records, intellectual property (IP) and more.

NIST and CMMC Compliance Benefits

  • Better Compliance – ensure compliance with the latest versions of NIST SP 800-171/800-53, NIST RMF and other government frameworks. Gain the confidence of stakeholders, meet your period assessment requirements, and avoid expensive fines.
  • Lower Costs – reduce the cost of self-assessment and expensive consultants. Our compliance services are not only affordable in the short term, but also reduce long-term costs by providing thorough guidance and uncovering the gaps that others will miss.
  • Reduced Risk – protect your revenue and bottom line over the long term by eliminating the biggest risks to your data and sensitive assets; continual monitoring and compliance will not only prepare you for the cyber threats of today, but the cyber threats of tomorrow.
  • Reputation and Trust – show existing customers and potential clients that you take the safety of their personal information and sensitive data seriously. Differentiate yourself from competitors by making a credible commitment to cybersecurity that goes beyond checking boxes.
  • Achieve Your Mission – promote better efficiency, customer experience and long-term revenue by aligning your IT infrastructure with industry regulations, streamlining your compliance process and eliminating cybersecurity gaps that threaten long-term business resilience.