Digital risk management is a challenging arena for most small business owners. The unattractive truth is it takes time and money to protect your business’s assets – not dissimilar to insurance.

Fortunately, agencies are continuously building and improving tools to help those without resources to invest heavily on their own. And increasingly, one particular standard is rising to the top as the best set of protocols to take to reasonably protect a business. These standards, the NIST 800-171, have been developed for businesses that contract with the federal government, but are increasedly being adapted and referred to by other parties.

This month, the NIST MEP Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Handbook for Assessing NIST SP 800-171 Security Requirements in Response to DEFARS Cybersecurity Requirements was published. This step by step companion to the NIST 800-171 Standards can help you walk through your business and protect your livelihood.
The Idaho SBDC offers assistance with cybersecurity. Request an appointment.

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