NIST, NARA move to secure federal data on outside systems

From: FCW

By Mark  Rockwell, Troy K. Schneider

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has new recommendations for securing sensitive data on IT systems at companies that work for the government. The draft standards, released Nov. 18, are aimed at contractors and other nonfederal organizations that store federal controlled but unclassified information (CUI) in the course of their work.

Ron Ross, a NIST fellow and the lead author of the new guide, discussed the proposed guidelines at a Nov. 19 FCW cybersecurity event. Federal contractors; state, local and tribal governments; colleges and universities all use and store federal data in a variety of ways, he said. Those groups perform scientific research, conduct background investigations for security clearances, provide financial services, develop technology in support of federal agency missions, and engage in other work on behalf of the federal government.

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