Understanding the NIST 800-171 controls

Understanding and implementing the 110 NIST 800-171 controls.

Course description

NIST SP 800-171 R2 defines 110 security requirements need to help ensure the confidentiality, integrity and available of CUI which are divided into 14 requirements families. In this course, we will explore each of the 14 requirements families and dive into each of the 110 individual requirements.



Video — 00:04:26

An overview of the 14 requirements families.

Access control

Video — 00:18:17

Limit access to authorized users, processes acting on behalf of authorized users and authorized devices.

Awareness and training

Video — 00:02:47

Ensure that users are aware of their responsibilities and teach them about best practices.

Audit and accountability

Video — 00:06:12

Create, retain and protect logs for the monitoring, analysis, investigation and reporting of unlawful or unauthorized system activity.

Configuration management

Video — 00:08:18

Create and maintain the integrity of systems through control over the initialization, change and monitoring of systems.

Identification and authentication

Video — 00:08:51

Identify and verify a user, process or device to prevent unauthorized individuals or processes from accessing systems.

Incident response

Video — 00:03:19

Standard operating procedures (SOP) to be followed when incidents occur.


Video — 00:04:37

Maintain hardware, firmware and software to ensure that systems are secure and operating correctly.

Media protection

Video — 00:05:52

Protect system media such as disks, tapes, flash drives, CDs, DVDS, microfilm or paper.

Personnel security

Video — 00:01:34

Ensure employees, contractors and vendors are sufficiently vetted and approved before granting access to systems.

Physical protection

Video — 00:02:48

Defend systems, buildings and related infrastructure from unauthorized access.

Risk assessment

Video — 00:02:25

Identify, analyze and prioritize risks to operations, assets, employees and other organizations.

Security assessment

Video — 00:03:49

Evaluation of security controls to ensure that they are implemented correctly, operating as correctly and keeping systems secure.

Systems & communications protection

Video — 00:08:46

Monitor, control and protect communications.

System and information integrity

Video — 00:03:53

Defend against improper information modification or destruction.

Meet the author

Dave Hatter is an accomplished, enthusiastic, award-winning technology professional and servant leader with more than 30 years of software development, cybersecurity, and project management experience. He has earned numerous industry certifications including CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCSP, CSSLP, Security+, Network+, MS Azure Fundamentals, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PSM 1, PSD 1, and ITIL Foundation V3 and holds a BS in Information Systems from NKU. He has written or contributed to 12 technology books, written more than 100 technology related articles and has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Money, MSNBC, Salon, Reader’s Digest, MSN, Business Insider, The Street, Yahoo!Money, The Ladders,, InfoWorld, ComputerWorld, CIO, CSO, CIO Update, Search CIO, Digital Trends, Tech Beacon, CyberNews, Lifewire and GearBrain.

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