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NIST Delays Release of Updated Cybersecurity Guidelines

Jeff Brody

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has pushed back the release of its revised cybersecurity standards for Department of Defense contractors until after the review of a related set of standards is completed, Inside Defense reported Friday.

NIST delayed its issuance of Special Publication 800-171 Revision 2, known as "Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations," due to the Office of Management and Budget’s pending completion of its review of SP 800-53. Revision 5 of SP 800-53 was originally intended to cover controls on supply chain, system design, privacy and cyber resiliency matters.

NIST noted that it put the release of SP 800-171 on hold “due to dependencies on SP 800-53.” SP 800-171 includes guidelines for cyber incident reports that DoD contractors handling unclassified information must be able to achieve.

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