Spirit Electronics Cyber Security Bulletin
Posted on November 14, 2017
Phoenix, AZ Spirit Electronics is proud to announce that we are in full compliance with NIST 800-171. This is the result of many months of effort to meet the requirements spelled out in the publication’s 109 items, spanning 14 security control categories.
Vickie Wessel, Spirit’s COO, said: “Cybersecurity attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication for the Aerospace and Defense industry. Adversaries are targeting anyone who possesses the sensitive information they seek including the government, prime contractors, and suppliers. It is imperative that we understand what’s at stake and recognize our shared role in protecting sensitive information and intellectual property. A single mistake or breach could have enormous consequences for our customers, our business, the Aerospace & Defense Industry, and national security.”
Spirit has addressed this challenge by putting together a comprehensive strategy that satisfies the requirements of NIST and provides ongoing measures to maintain compliance through strict access control to sensitive systems, regular employee training and internal audits.
Final security testing was conducted by an outside cybersecurity consultancy. Amongst other tasks, they performed network penetration testing in collaboration with Spirit’s IT Provider, using an approach found in NIST SP 800-115.
ABOUT SPIRIT ELECTRONICS
Spirit Electronics is a Women Owned, Veteran Owned Small Business serving the DOD and Aerospace industries with a range of electronic components from leading suppliers of FPGA’s, ASIC’s, passives and discrete semiconductors, relays, frequency controls, and connectors. Spirit specifically provides value-added services, including SMI, Testing, Design, Assembly, and End of Life Management.
Many of the companies we serve have deeply integrated Spirit into their planning, processes and manufacturing. They count on us to plan, procure and warehouse inventory, and execute delivery of components that are prepped and ready for assembly upon arrival. Spirit’s extensive ERP system provides us with the bandwidth to manage millions of line items simultaneously, ensuring quality and successful delivery to our customers.
NIST 800-171 ABSTRACT
The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) while residing in nonfederal information systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully carry out its designated missions and business operations. This publication provides federal agencies with recommended requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI: (i) when the CUI is resident in nonfederal information systems and organizations; (ii) when the information systems where the CUI resides are not used or operated by contractors of federal agencies or other organizations on behalf of those agencies; and (iii) where there are no specific safeguarding requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI prescribed by the authorizing law, regulation, or government wide policy for the CUI category or subcategory listed in the CUI Registry. The requirements apply to all components of nonfederal information systems and organizations that process, store, or transmit CUI, or provide security protection for such components. The CUI requirements are intended for use by federal agencies in contractual vehicles or other agreements established between those agencies and nonfederal organizations.