Protect CUI in Non-Federal Systems

What Is NIST 800-171?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created its 800-171 standard to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) in non-federal systems. If you’re a contractor or subcontractor with the Department of Defense (DoD) and handle CUI, you must demonstrate compliance with NIST 800-171.

Organizations can self-attest, meaning there’s no accreditation body or audit. However, this means it falls on your company to decide what’s necessary for compliance. Many businesses think they’re compliant until they’re reviewed by a federal entity or experience a data breach.

Don’t get caught off guard. Latitude is here to help.

How to Get Started

Latitude helps you gain NIST 800-171 compliance, starting with a gap assessment to analyze the in-scope systems that handle CUI. Then, we work with you to remediate the controls and effectively prepare for self-attestation.

We clearly define the scope using the DoD’s guidance, identify what CUI exists, do the gap assessment, and then create a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M). We support you throughout the attestation to provide assurance that the DoD’s expectations have been met.

Latitude works with both large and small companies, providing targeted remediation strategies to streamline the compliance process.

How Is NIST Different From CMMC?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) must be given by a certified third-party auditor, whereas NIST 800-171 is a set of standards that businesses can self-attest to. CMMC provides a higher level of assurance.

What Is the Goal of NIST 800-171?

The goal of NIST 800-171 is to protect controlled unclassified information for non-government entities. This framework ensures a standard for contractors to meet basic security controls when handling sensitive information.

How Is Latitude Different?

Other firms often serve only large companies or solely government entities. We serve non-government entities of all sizes, and bring our wealth of experience across different industries to create targeted remediation strategies for our clients.

Is Compliance Necessary for Companies That Don’t Handle CUI?

Not necessarily. NIST 800-171 compliance is required for DoD contractors that develop, store, transmit, or process CUI. However, verifying the required compliance level in your contract is essential.

Why Shouldn’t Companies Take on NIST 800-171 Themselves?

Unless your organization has a solid understanding of your controls, your current CUI environments, and your IT systems, it’s best to engage a professional like Latitude. We help streamline the process and take a thorough approach so nothing is missed.

Our Roadmap

Latitude has the team and resources to meet your timeline and budget for NIST compliance. We provide a clear definition of scope, actionable and client-specific remediation plans, and detailed POA&M for any open remediation items.



Define a timeline and scope diagram for NIST 800-171 compliance.

Gap Assessment

Gap Assessment

Identify gaps between controls to determine what needs to be done.

Remediation Support

Remediation Support

Provide staffing and project coordination resources for remediation.



Ensure compliance with detailed Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M).

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