“The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) while residing in nonfederal information systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully carry out its designated missions and business operations. This publication provides federal agencies with recommended requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI: (i) when the CUI is resident in nonfederal information systems and organizations; (ii) when the information systems where the CUI resides are not used or operated by contractors of federal agencies or other organizations on behalf of those agencies; and (iii) where there are no specific safeguarding requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI prescribed by the authorizing law, regulation, or governmentwide policy for the CUI category or subcategory listed in the CUI Registry.” state the guidelines.
The NIST guidelines come a few weeks after the clamorous hack against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which was caused by the non-compliance with some of the suggestions included in the document.
Ironically also the OPM used contractors in foreign countries, according to Ars Technica there were also contractors in China, are you surprised?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines aim to provide detailed instruction to US Federal agencies about how to protect sensitive data when it’s handled by contractors and outsiders.
The NIST publication covers various aspects of the cyber security when approaching with contractor services, including physical protection, access control, personnel security, audit and accountability, configuration management, ID and authentication, awareness and training, incident response, maintenance, media protection, risk assessment, security assessment, system and communications protection, system and information integrity.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.