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NIST SP 800-171 Requirement 3.10: Physical Protection

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a guide to assist businesses with adherence to Defense Federal Acquisition Register Supplement (DFARS) standards. The tenth of the 14 Families of Requirements for NIST 800-171 compliance is physical protection. 

What is Physical Protection in Terms of NIST 800-171?

The Physical Protection family of requirements addresses security of the physical facility and access to IT environments, as well as requirements surrounding site visitors and the security of off-site worksites. Physical access is limited to authorized users; visitors must be escorted and physical access logs maintained. Physical access devices and alternate work sites must be secured. A physical security plan and a business continuity plan outlining the use of alternate work sites are required. Physical security consists of 2 Basic Security requirements and 4 Derived Security requirements.  

Basic Security Requirements 

  • 3.10.1 Limit physical access to organizational systems, equipment, and the respective operating environments to authorized individuals.
  • 3.10.2 Protect and monitor the physical facility and support infrastructure for organizational systems.

Derived Security Requirements

  • 3.10.3 Escort visitors and monitor visitor activity
  • 3.10.4 Maintain audit logs of physical access.
  • 3.10.5 Control and manage physical access devices.
  • 3.10.6 Enforce safeguarding measures for CUI at alternate work sites.

For information on enterprise and user security when teleworking check out SP 800-46 and SP 800-114. To learn more about NIST SP 800-171 Compliance please visit NIST.SP.800-171r2.pdf and be sure to review the assessment guide:SP 800-171A, Assessing Security Requirements for CUI | CSRC

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