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What’s The #1 Most Asked Question About NIST Compliance?

Given how daunting the task of NIST compliance can be for business owners and managers, it’s no wonder that so many of them are curious about how to go about getting a NIST certification. The real question is – does such a thing even exist?

Given how daunting the task of NIST compliance can be for business owners and managers, it’s no wonder that so many of them are curious about how to go about getting a NIST certification. The real question is – does such a thing even exist?

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about NIST Compliance. Many tend to assume at least one of the following assumptions about NIST Compliance is true – do you?

  • Becoming NIST Compliant is inordinately expensive
  • A business can be too small to have to bother with NIST Compliance
  • If you don’t work for the government, then you don’t need to be NIST Compliant
  • You’re already out of time to become NIST Compliant because it’s past deadline

How did you do? Which one(s) do you think are false?

Trick answer – they all are!

That’s the thing about NIST Compliance: there is so much misinformation about how it works, how it applies to businesses, and how the process of compliance actually works.

That said, not one of those myths above is the most asked about – do you know what is?

What’s The #1 Most Asked Question About NIST Compliance?

Once you find out what it is, you’ll see how much sense it makes…

“Is there a certification available to become NIST Compliant?”

Makes sense, right? Given how laborious the process of NIST Compliance is assumed to be, there are so many people out hoping that they can just pay for a certification and have it taken care of for good.

The truth?

There’s no such thing as a NIST Certification.

Yes, to be fair, there are certifications that line up with a lot of what NIST is about – for example, the standard Certification & Accreditation process that businesses undergo for a variety of purposes, whether it be DSS, ISO, SOC, etc.

This process does ensure the security of information systems and mitigates identified risks – but while that is similar to what NIST is about, it’s not 100% in line.

And therefore? It’s not a real NIST certification.

That means the onus is put you on to essentially “self-certify”. The thousands and thousands of businesses that fall under NIST are expected to comply willingly, maintain comprehensive and detailed documentation, and be straightforward and honest in their compliance practices.

As great as it would be, a NIST certification just isn’t feasible at this time. There are simply too many businesses included for enforcement to be possible.

The one silver lining to this is that if you’re a sub-contractor, then you probably won’t be hearing from the government anytime soon. It’s the onus of the prime contractors to ensure their entire supply chain is compliant (that means you).

So while you’re off the radar of those in charge, it doesn’t mean you can get away with noncompliance. You still have to put in the work if you want to keep working with those prime contractors.

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.

We’ll provide a NIST certification in everything but name – while you may not have a fancy plague or diploma announcing your NIST certification to each and every prime contractor you do business with, you’ll still have the confidence knowing you’re fully compliant – and that don’t have to worry about it any longer.

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