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What Are The 4 Most Common Myths About NIST Compliance?

NIST compliance is by no means a simple matter – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of misconceptions at play right now making it more complicated than it has to be. What’s the truth when it comes to NIST compliance?

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NIST compliance is by no means a simple matter – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of misconceptions at play right now making it more complicated than it has to be. What’s the truth when it comes to NIST compliance?

The deadline to comply with the NIST 800-171 update has long since passed – it was December 31, 2017. So while many of us have already put in the work to make sure we’re compliant, that doesn’t mean everyone has.

Even if we didn’t do so on time, it’s been long enough now that it should’ve been taken care of by now, right?

Wrong.

Are You Still Hesitating To Become NIST Compliant?

Deadlines, while a nice suggestion, are rarely met when it comes to the business world. Especially when they apply to thousands and thousands of organizations as NIST 800-171 does.

If you haven’t done what’s needed to become compliant yet, it should definitely be a concern – but we also understand why.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about what NIST Compliance actually means…

What Are The 4 Most Common Myths About NIST Compliance?

While there’s a lot that people get wrong about NIST compliance, there are four misconceptions that stand out more than others:

  • Becoming NIST Compliant Is Inordinately Expensive

Well, that depends on who you choose to believe. The wrong vendor will definitely try to overcharge you.

After all, when it comes to something as complicated and scary as compliance, it’s not surprising that dishonest vendors would try to make some extra cash.

The truth? NIST Compliance plans are certainly affordable – what’s more, when working with the right partner, you can get NIST compliance support as a part of a service package deal along with a range of other vital IT offerings.

  • We’re Too Small To Have To Bother With NIST Compliance

This is a common misconception when it comes to many different compliance concerns, but particularly NIST.

The only problem?

Scale isn’t a determining factor when it comes to NIST – if you are a part of the federal supply chain, then you almost definitely are required to be NIST compliant.

  • If I Don’t Work For The Government, Then I Don’t Need To Be NIST Compliant

Similar to the last myth, this point is again a misunderstanding of the exact nature of NIST Compliance. Just because you don’t deal with the government doesn’t mean you’re not a part of the federal supply chain.

NIST applies not only to manufacturers directly selling to the government but to any subcontractor selling to a government supplier as well.

  • We’re Already Out Of Time To Become NIST Compliant

Look, is it OK that you’re so far past the deadline? Not really.

Remaining noncompliant just leaves you in the risky situation you’ve been in since December 31, 2017. The truth is that becoming NIST Compliant can happen more quickly than you may think.

For many manufacturers, the necessary technology for NIST Compliance is already in place, and so it’s only a matter of starting the process. This can often take as little as 30 days – or even faster if you’re working with the right provider.

The longer you wait, the worse it’ll get; the sooner you get started, the sooner it’ll be taken care of.

How Should You Start The Process Of NIST Compliance Today?

The best way to get this process started is to work with a third party that knows the ins and outs of NIST 800-171, and how to go about becoming compliant.

On Call has experience successfully completing NIST 800-171 Assessments, IT Security Audits, and delivering Cyber Security best practices consulting in both private and public sector environments of all sizes.

Why do so many government contractors choose On Call Computer Solutions for their NIST SP 800-171 compliance needs?

Our team is proud to deliver:

  • The expertise, experience, and a price even small businesses can afford
  • One easy done-for-you consulting package to get you the answers you need quickly, the tools to become compliant, and a company who will be there to help with questions and implementation as needed.
  • Continuing compliance assistance as needed to help you stay compliant and be there for you if a compliance issue or breach– occurs.

Our streamlined assessment process can guide you through becoming compliant in as little as one day – all you have to do is reach out to our team.

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