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NIST 800-171 Framework & CMMC





The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Special Publication 800-171, or NIST 800-171 for short,
plays the central role in achieving Cybersecurity Maturity
Model Certification (CMMC) compliance. Here's a breakdown
of its purpose and importance:








  • NIST 800-171 offers a set of security controls that directly address protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) on non-federal systems. CMMC compliance heavily emphasizes safeguarding CUI within the defense industrial base (DIB).
  • By implementing these controls, companies demonstrate a robust cybersecurity program and their ability to handle CUI effectively. This strengthens their position in acquiring Department of Defense (DoD) contracts.


  • NIST 800-171 serves as the most widely recognized and recommended benchmark for cybersecurity controls for companies in the DIB. Adherence to these controls significantly increases a company's chances of meeting CMMC requirements and winning DoD contracts.
  • Beyond CMMC compliance, NIST 800-171 offers a valuable framework for improving a company's overall cybersecurity posture. Implementing its controls safeguards not just CUI, but also the organization's sensitive information.

In essence, NIST 800-171 provides a roadmap for companies striving to achieve CMMC compliance. It helps them establish a strong
cybersecurity foundation that aligns with CMMC's requirements.

Thrivaca. How will you comply with CMMC using NIST 800-171?