How to Meet Risk Management Framework and 100-171 Compliance?

The US government faces a problem in safeguarding the supply chain to prevent industrial espionage, foreign adversary intelligence gathering, and the entry of counterfeit goods. The Department of Defense (DoD) must ensure that the warfighter’s objective research and & innovation, concepts, and product specifications are not jeopardized. As the world becomes more linked, this will become more difficult; thus as one of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) providers and DoD contractors, you must ensure that your information is secure.

Let’s understand how military suppliers achieve compliance with various cybersecurity norms. 

Understanding the process of meeting Risk Management Framework and 100-171 compliance requirements

The state uses the Risk Management Framework to evaluate government IT systems’ design, administration, and management (RMF). Each of the six phases has a thorough risk management strategy. NIST 800-171 regulations apply to each of the six processes in the RMF security chain.

Categorize – the level of sensitivity of the information that will be on/in the system.

Confidentiality Integrity is what you’re looking for in each data collection. Data availability and level required.

Choose – the proper security controls.

Implement – Create a security package for the system by implementing basic security measures (SSP).

This document provides the following information:

  • Plan for configuration administration
  • Assessment of the Privacy Impact
  • Plan for the Unexpected
  • Test your contingency strategy
  • Procedure for dealing with an incident
  • Norms of conduct
  • Assigning security controls
  • ATO memo from POA&M

Examine – the overall security package.

An independent auditor is brought in to review your SSP, evaluate it, and test measures. It’s possible that you’ll have to undertake some remedial work.

Authorize – this is where the system comes in (ATO). This is usually done by the company’s CISO or CIO, as they need to know the risks to authorize the system.

Monitor – employing a strategy for continual monitoring. This step is critical for long-term adherence.

Let’s understand the NIST 800-171 Standards and Resources

There are various tools accessible to assist DoD companies in meeting the 800-171 adherence requirements.

DIY (Do It Yourself) – Forms and tutorials are provided.

• Evaluate your surroundings

• Review the DFAR standard for dealing with CUI.

• Describe CUI-containing processes and workflows.

• Take into consideration existing security policies and procedures.

• Define the scope of the system component and compare it to the NIST 800-171 standards.

Remediate Deficiencies 

• Test and assess the control.

• Adequately mitigate the risks identified and modify controls data in the SSP.


• Record any measures that fall below the requirements in a Plan Of Action & Milestone (POA&M) to detect the shortcoming and set a timeframe for correction.

Create a Continuous Compliance Plan

• The SSP is a live record that must be updated regularly.

• Create a plan for continual inspection to ensure that compliance is maintained.

Programs and specialists — There are various Compliance Management Software options accessible, some of which include the opportunity to hire a professional to consult. Control information, policy papers, the body of evidence, participation, and analytics are all easily organized with these apps. …