CUI Risk Assessment: Tips for Contracting Professionals

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As a contracting professional, you play a critical role in protecting our national security. However, with that role comes a great responsibility: protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

 

CUI is any information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with laws, regulations, and government-wide policies, but is not classified under the Executive Order 13526, “Classified National Security Information.”

CUI includes sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII), financial information, and confidential business information. It is important to ensure that CUI is protected from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction.

One of the ways to ensure CUI is protected is through risk assessment. A risk assessment is a systematic process for identifying and evaluating the potential threats and vulnerabilities to CUI and determining the level of risk. The goal of a risk assessment is to identify and prioritize risks so that appropriate controls can be implemented to reduce or eliminate them.

Here are some tips for conducting a thorough CUI risk assessment as a contracting professional:

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  • Identify all CUI that your organization handles, including any data systems and networks that store, process, or transmit CUI information.
  • Identify potential threats to the CUI, including external threats such as hackers, malicious software, and natural disasters, as well as internal threats such as negligent or malicious employees.
  • Identify potential vulnerabilities, including outdated software, unpatched systems, and weak passwords.
  • Analyze the risks associated with the potential threats and vulnerabilities by evaluating the likelihood and impact of each risk.
  • Prioritize any risks based on the likelihood and impact, and determine which risks need to be addressed first.
  • Develop a mitigation plan that identifies the risks and implements security controls such as access control, incident response, and system information integrity.

 

It’s important to note that NIST SP 800-171 provides detailed guidance on conducting risk assessments, and it’s recommended that organizations review the standard and consult with security experts to ensure that their risk assessments process is thorough and effective.

As a contracting professional, it is essential to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest security standards and regulations. By conducting a thorough CUI risk assessment, you can ensure that your organization is protected and compliant.

 

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