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How do I map DFARS to NIST?

DFARS clauses reference NIST 800-171, which in turn inherits controls from NIST 800-53.

  • DFARS outlines contractual obligations for Department of Defense contractors handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). It specifies the need to implement security requirements defined in NIST 800-171.
  • NIST 800-171 provides a set of security controls for protecting CUI in nonfederal systems and organizations. These controls are directly derived and adapted from the broader security controls in NIST 800-53.
  • NIST 800-53 is a general publication detailing security and privacy controls for information systems and organizations. It is a foundation for other cybersecurity frameworks, including NIST 800-171.

Therefore, to achieve compliance with DFARS requirements, you'd typically map the controls outlined in NIST 800-171 to your organization's security practices. NIST 800-171 controls directly reference the corresponding controls in NIST 800-53, making mapping easier.

CyberSaint can help you map the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) framework to the NIST framework.


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