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Have Any of Your Customers Asked You About NIST 800-171 Yet?

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

What is NIST 800-171?

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· Get NIST 800-171 Compliant!

· Stay NIST 800-171 Compliant!

· Document NIST 800-171 Compliance!


In 2003, FISMA (the Federal Information Security Management Act) was enacted. Shortly after, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created Special Publication 800-171 to provide a framework for protecting CUI.

Failure to comply could affect your ability to work with these agencies, including the termination of contracts and damaged business relationships.

The process for becoming compliant with the NIST 800-171 standards may take a significant amount of time to implement (at least 6 - 9 months), but given the cost of non-compliance, it is well worth the effort.

Achieving NIST 800-171 compliance will require diving deep into your networks and procedures to ensure appropriate protections are in place.

See my latest Heat Treat Today article (page 38) DFARS Interim Rule and What It Means for Heat Treaters.

Call me to have a complementary discovery call and to schedule a baseline security assessment of your systems and network. I’m here to help you become NIST 800-171 compliant and to help you become CMMC audit ready. Let’s get to work.

About the Author:

Joe Coleman is the cybersecurity officer at Bluestreak Consulting™, a division of Bluestreak | Bright AM™, and a regular editorial contributor of Heat Treat Today, a trade publication media brand providing technology, tips, and news for manufacturers with in-house heat treatment departments. The publication targets aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, and general manufacturing.

Joe has over 35 years of diverse manufacturing and engineering experience. His background includes extensive training in cybersecurity, a career as a machinist, a machining manager, and an early additive manufacturing (AM) pioneer. Contact Joe directly at

About Bluestreak™:

Bluestreak™ is a powerful Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and a fully integrated Quality Management System (QMS), designed for the manufacturing environment and service-based manufacturing companies ( metal-treating/powder-coating, plating, heat-treating, forging, and metal-finishing), businesses that receive customers’ parts, perform a process (service) on them, and send those parts back to the customer). Companies need MES software tailored to specific functionality and workflow needs such as industry-specific specifications management, intuitive scheduling control for both staff and machinery maintenance, and the ability to manage work orders and track real-time data. If different work centers on the production floor aren’t “speaking” to each other via the MES, the data loses value and becomes disjointed or lost in disparate silos.

Bluestreak | Bright AM™ is an MES + QMS software solution specifically designed to manage and optimize the unique requirements of Additive Manufacturing’s production of parts and powder inventory usage.

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