What Contractors Should Know About New NIST Guidance

Law360, New York (July 8, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT) -- On June 18, 2015, the federal government's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued new data security guidance impacting those doing business with the government. In NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171, "Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations," NIST provides what will likely become the basis for future regulations on what practices "nonfederal" entities (such as government contractors) will have to adopt to adequately protect unclassified controlled technical information (UCTI) in connection with performing their government contracts.

In general, UCTI is government-furnished data that is subject to controls on access, use, reproduction, modification, performance, display, release, disclosure or dissemination...

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