Is your university cybersecurity ready for NIST 800-171?

Research sponsors and government agencies increasingly expect universities to implement baseline information security requirements to protect sensitive data. These requirements impact institutions’ ability to conduct research and apply to other sensitive data, such as student financial aid records.

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Is your information security program ready to support NIST 800-171 cybersecurity requirements?

Many research sponsors require that universities protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) by following NIST 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.” These requirements often appear in contracts involving sensitive data, such as healthcare research and projects considered important to national security.

If your institution conducts research funded by the Department of Defense, you must also plan for meeting Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) audit requirements. These requirements add additional requirements, including an external audit and certification process.

For universities, NIST 800-171 is not just required to protect research data.

The Department of Education also considers student financial aid data to be Controlled Unclassified Information, so institutions must also consider how to protect student financial data according to NIST 800-171 requirements. 

CISO coaching services can help you achieve your information security research and compliance goals

Our CYBER HEAT MAP™ ADVANCED CISO coaching services help higher education institutions be ready to meet NIST 800-171 cybersecurity requirements. 

Get help from a higher education expert with over 20 years of experience leading university information security and technology programs. 

With an affordable annual retainer and services built around the CYBER HEAT MAP capability assessment method, we will help you:

  • SIMPLIFY your understanding of the cybersecurity capabilities needed to comply with research and legal requirements
  • VISUALIZE your current cybersecurity capabilities and identify gaps
  • CLARIFY your strategy to improve cybersecurity capabilities and reduce risk
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