DFARs 252.204-7012 & NIST 800-171 Foundations Course

This ABCI online self-study foundations course for NIST Special Publication 800-171 and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation supplement (DFARs) Clause 252.204-7012 for safeguarding and reporting Covered Defense Information (CDI).

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is any information that law, regulation, or governmentwide policy requires to have safeguarding or disseminating controls.

  • CUI supports federal missions and business functions that affect the economic and national security interests of the United States.

Non-federal organizations:

  • colleges, universities,
  • state, local and tribal governments,
  • federal contractors and subcontractors often process, store, or transmit CUI.

NIST Special Publication 800-171 defines the security requirements for protecting CUI in non-federal information systems and organizations.

  • Requirements are organized into fourteen families.
  • Each family contains the requirements related to the general security topic of the family.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation supplement (DFARs) Clause 252.204-7012 is required in all contracts except for contracts solely for the acquisition of COTS items.

  • In addition the Contractor shall include the clause in subcontracts for which performance will involve Covered Defense Information (CDI) or Operationally Critical Support (OCS).
  • CDI is used to describe information that requires protection under DFARs Clause 252.204-7012.
  • It is defined as unclassified Controlled Technical Information (CTI) or other information as described in the CUI Registry.


  • CTI & CUI requires safeguarding/dissemination controls AND IS EITHER marked or otherwise identified in the contract and provided to the contractor by DoD in support of performance of the contract;
  • OR the CDI is collected, developed, received, transmitted, used or stored by the contractor in performance of contract.

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