Review the the DFARS requirement that led to NIST 800-171

An overview of the DFARS requirement to protect Controlled Unclassified Information and the history led to the development of NIST 800-171, including key terminology you need to know.


  • Understand Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Video — 00:03:00
    • A look at Controlled Unclassified Information, or CUI. What it is, how to identify it and why you need to protect it.

  • DFARS review Video — 00:04:36
    • A review of the DFARS clauses that led to NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC, including 252.204-7008 and 252.204-7012.

  • Body of evidence Video — 00:04:35
    • A look at policies, System Security Plans (SSP) and Plans of Action and Milestones (POAM).

  • How we got to NIST 800-171 Video — 00:07:14
    • The history and timeline that led to NIST SP 800-171.

  • Key terms Video — 00:04:08
    • The key terms you need to know to attack NIST 800-171 compliance.

  • NIST 800-171 applicability, scoping and requirements Video — 00:07:30
    • Understanding when NIST SP 800-171 is applicable to your organization. Limiting where CUI is stored, transmitted or processed to limit efforts and costs to protect it. Understanding the assumptions and requirements of NIST SP 800-171.


Course description

DFARS clause 252.204-7012 calls for the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). In this first course, we will review the history that led to the implementation of NIST SP 800-171, including key terms, applicability of the requirements and a high-level overview of the Body of Evidence (BOE) that documents implementation of controls that satisfy the 110 requirements including Policies, a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plans of Action and Milestones (POAM).

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