Scoping your CUI Boundary

Locating and Safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

In today’s dynamic cybersecurity landscape, effectively identifying an d safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is critical to ensuring data protection and compliance with regulatory requirements. 

Here, we delve into key strategies that organizations can employ to excel in this endeavor:

1. Conduct Thorough Data Discovery
Initiating a comprehensive data discovery process is the foundational step in locating CUI within an organization’s systems and repositories. This involves conducting thorough scans of all data repositories, systems, and applications to pinpoint the presence of CUI.

Furthermore, it entails classifying data based on its sensitivity and ownership, distinguishing between government and commercial data. Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of CUI locations and data flows is essential for effective data protection.

2. Implement Automated Detection
Leveraging automated tools and technologies can significantly enhance CUI detection capabilities. Automated detection not only streamlines the process of identifying and categorizing sensitive information but also minimizes manual effort and enhances accuracy.

By deploying advanced technologies, organizations can bolster their ability to identify and protect CUI effectively.

3. Empower Your Team
Empowering cybersecurity teams with the necessary knowledge and resources is crucial for effective CUI management. Providing comprehensive training on data classification, handling procedures, and incident response protocols equips teams to handle CUI securely.

By investing in the continuous education and development of cybersecurity personnel, organizations can strengthen their overall cybersecurity posture.

4. Document Everything
Maintaining detailed documentation of CUI discovery processes, detection methods, and mitigation strategies is indispensable. Comprehensive documentation serves as an invaluable resource for audit trails, compliance reporting, and the continuous enhancement of data protection practices.

Creating a comprehensive System Security Plan (SSP) that outlines CUI inventory, handling procedures, security controls, risk assessment, incident response protocols, monitoring, auditing, roles, responsibilities, and documentation updates ensures a holistic approach to CUI security.

The System Security Plan (SSP) should include regarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI):

CUI Inventory: List all locations where CUI is stored, processed, or transmitted.

Handling Procedures: Describe how CUI is classified, accessed, encrypted, and transmitted securely.

Security Controls: Specify technical and administrative controls to protect CUI.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Identify threats and vulnerabilities, and outline mitigation strategies.

Incident Response: Detail procedures for responding to security incidents involving CUI.

Monitoring and Auditing: Explain how CUI security measures are monitored and audited regularly.

Roles and Responsibilities: Define who is responsible for implementing and maintaining CUI security.
Documentation and

Updates: Maintain detailed documentation with version control for the SSP.

The SSP should provide a complete picture of where CUI resides and how it is secured.

5. Stay Agile
Recognizing the rapid evolution of cyber threats and data landscapes, organizations must remain agile in their approach to CUI management.

Regularly updating CUI discovery and protection strategies to address emerging risks and compliance requirements is imperative. By embracing agility, organizations can adapt swiftly to evolving cybersecurity challenges and maintain robust data protection capabilities.


In conclusion, mastering the art of locating and safeguarding CUI requires a proactive and collaborative approach. By implementing these strategies, organizations can enhance their data protection capabilities, mitigate risks associated with sensitive information, and ensure compliance with regulatory mandates.


Why Choose ASCERTIS Solutions

ASCERTIS Solutions can conduct a security assessment of a small business in a week and provide a roadmap for your company to implement a cyber defense strategy that fits your budget.  Trained security professionals can be hired on a part-time basis to fill the role of Chief Cyber Security Officer (CISO) to assure that your roadmap is implemented in a timely and cost-effective fashion. 

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