• Jack O'Neill

NIST 800-171 Compliance Through Integration

The time has finally come for your organization to comply with NIST 800-171. Your colleagues have warned what an arduous process it can be, but you’ve done your homework. You’ve familiarized yourself with the guidelines (all 76 pages) You’ve identified and classified your controlled unclassified information (CUI). You’ve completed an audit of your existing security stack. You’ve identified your stakeholders and received buy-in to purchase a few new security tools. You roll up your sleeves to begin integrating all the moving pieces and…it doesn’t work.


The new tools you’ve purchased to specifically meet NIST mandates are not cooperating with the existing solutions in your security stack. What you thought were simple out of the box integrations are not providing the full functionality that you need to get the job done. Now you have two choices: Sink thousands of dollars into professional services to integrate your incompatible tools, or curl up into a ball and admit defeat.


Luckily, there is a third, much more dignified option.


Standardize Integration

Meeting NIST 800-171 compliance requires a plethora of security tools all of which need to connect and share information to the others. Unfortunately, integration is a tricky business and the more tools you have in place, the more complicated it can be.


Leveraging an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solution can solve for many use cases but is especially effective for compliance initiatives such as NIST because it touches such a wide variety of security tools and practices, including network access control, multi-factor authentication, privileged account management, and remote access, just to name a few.


By acting as the integration hub for your entire cybersecurity ecosystem, iPaaS can establish a standardized methodology for integration, ensuring a secure flow of data and processes across all necessary applications, regardless of the vendor. What that means for you is getting the functionality you were promised so you can meet the NIST 800-171 requirements without any more surprises.


Maintained Integrations = Maintained Compliance

Implementing yet another security tool might seem counterintuitive, especially if you’ve already been burned once. The last thing you want to do is add more work to your security team’s plate. Partnering with a fully managed iPaaS provider can ease the burden of maintaining integrations. After all, you cannot simply meet compliance and move on. Integrations must be maintained for your tools to continue to work seamlessly and for your business to remain compliant.


Preparing For What’s Ahead

Leveraging an integration platform for your cybersecurity environment goes way beyond your NIST compliance requirements. A standardized integration methodology future-proofs your security strategies by allowing you to add or remove tools from your stack to meet the evolving needs of the business, whether it be due to a new regulation or a business acquisition. iPaaS empowers you to build your desired cybersecurity ecosystem and maximize existing assets without compromising on performance or security.


To learn more about how SOFTwarfare can help your enterprise reach NIST 800-171 compliance, please visit: https://www.softwarfare.com/government-nist-solutions


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