From NIST.Gov: 800-172 Offers Tools to Help Defend Against State-Sponsored Hackers

This article was written by Chad Boutin. Original article can be found here: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2021/02/nist-offers-tools-help-defend-against-state-sponsored-hackers


Highlights from the article:


  • Special Publication (SP) 800-172 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides guidance to protect such “controlled unclassified information” (CUI) from the APT.

  • The protection of sensitive federal information that resides in nonfederal systems — such as those used by state and local governments, colleges and universities, and independent research organizations — is of paramount importance, as it can directly impact the federal government’s ability to carry out its operations.

  • The enhanced security requirements are to be implemented in addition to those in SP 800-171, since that publication is not designed to address the APT. The requirements in SP 800-172 apply to the components of nonfederal systems that process, store or transmit CUI or that provide protection for such components.


The 800-172 publication can be found here: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-172/final