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Controlled Unclassified Information
What Exactly is CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) Webinar is a virtual event that aims to provide participants with an understanding of what Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is and how it affects their organizations. The webinar will cover the basics of CUI, its importance, and how it can be handled by organizations that deal with Federal information. The webinar will be hosted by Cleared Systems and will provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of CUI.
Is Migrating to Microsoft GCC High Necessary for DIB Contractors?
Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors are required to implement measures to protect sensitive information and comply with regulations and directives. Microsoft offers GCC High and Microsoft 365 DoD cloud platforms to help contractors meet the unique requirements of the United States Department of Defense for processing or holding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and ITAR data.
Defense Industrial Base (DIB) has become a target of increasingly complex and frequent cyberattacks. To protect the FCI (Federal Contract Information) and CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information), in November 2021, OUSD A&S announced CMMC 2.0. It aims to dynamically improve the DIB cybersecurity to meet the evolving cyber threats, instill a collaborative culture of cyber resilience and cybersecurity, and ensure accountability while reducing barriers to compliance.
How do you store data like Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) that is no longer behind your firewall or network secure? Labels are the Microsoft answer to the questions above. Instead of securing the container housing the data, labels secure the files or data itself, offering data-centric security. This security model uses encryption and classification to secure the data regardless of its location. Due to the rise of the mobile workforce, secure data perimeters no longer exist.
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) refers to information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls under federal regulations or government-wide policies. CUI is a result of Executive Order 13556, which aims to standardize the management and protection of unclassified information across federal agencies.
Cybersecurity incidences continue impacting consumers and entities worldwide. The impact of a single incident can be profound. Although people often focus on their personally identifiable information (PII) being stolen and the impact this would have on their life, if specific information related to the Department of Defense (DoD) got into the wrong hands, the impact on all of us would be considerable. The cybersecurity requirements for the DoD are pretty elaborate since the security measures must address the information held by DoD and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).
How Is Controlled Unclassified Information Changing?
Certainly, it sounds official and has all the makings for a Jason Bourne-style thriller about espionage and government conspiracies. It also could make a good title for the next hit crime series if placed before the name of a racy city. Its history of more mysterious aliases such as “sensitive but unclassified,” “official use only,” and “law enforcement sensitive” only makes it more intriguing. But what is CUI? Should your company even care about it?
Does your company process, produce/manufacture, or repair various parts under USML for the Department of Defense? Or do you offer defense services or broker items controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)? Then you are part of the Defense Industrial base (DIB). There are an estimated 350, 000+ companies in the DIB, with many in the precision metalwork industry. However, manufacturing on shop floor comprises many processes, from consulting, drafting, drawing, casting, and assembly, among many others.
CUI, or Controlled Unclassified Information, is sensitive information that is controlled by the U.S. government to protect national security. If your organization deals with CUI, it is important to ensure that it is handled and stored securely. Microsoft Security solutions can help you comply with the requirements for handling CUI while protecting it from cyber threats.
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