CounterTrade Products, Inc. Achieves 3rd Party Attestation to NIST 800-171, Securing Fast Track for CMMC Level 3 Compliance

ARVADA, CO – CounterTrade Products, Inc. (CPI), a Colorado-based technology Value-Added Reseller, has successfully demonstrated compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171 controls, as verified by official third-party attestation.

Compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171 controls, which govern Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations, was enhanced through the completion of more than 650 tasks. These focused activities were identified to update business processes and information technology cybersecurity gaps, requirements, and controls. CPI was able to demonstrate successful cybersecurity technology implementation, an updated System Security Plan (SSP), and the development of the necessary organizational cybersecurity policies to attest to their compliance with NIST 800-171 and the published model for the upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Level 3.

The compliance requirements are intended to ensure that the necessary cybersecurity controls and processes are in place to adequately protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). As the controls for this requirement are fundamentally similar, this positions CPI to rapidly achieve the proposed CMMC Level 3 that is scheduled to be released in 2021 as a requirement for all DOD vendors.

The effort to improve cybersecurity by updating and strengthening rules pertaining to CUI information in the hands of outside contractors is driven by the government’s desire to make sure unclassified information (that isn’t part of federal information systems and organizations) is properly protected and consistent. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, protecting this data helps the federal government “successfully carry out its designated missions and business operations.”

A dedicated CounterTrade team was assembled to champion this effort, represented by internal CounterTrade department management and stakeholders, and aided by third-party cybersecurity audit and compliance experts.  “We are fortunate to have the full participation and involvement of our highly experienced in-house resources throughout the CPI organization to assist in reaching our objectives,” said Dave Gutierrez, Chief Operating Officer.

In the months to follow, CPI will continue to build on this NIST 800-171 accomplishment to meet the final goal of readiness and preparation for pending CMMC Level 3 compliance audit and certification.

CounterTrade Products Inc. (CPI) has been providing technology solutions and IT consulting to meet the unique needs of government technology procurement for over 34 years. As a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), CounterTrade can act quickly to ensure that the best business decisions are made for our customers and employees. CPI is financially strong, self-financed, owns and manages its own data center, maintains ISO 9001:2015 Certification and ISO 20243:2018, and has developed direct relationships with OEMs to meet our clients’ goals and objectives. CPI is a prime contractor of some of the largest government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) in the country. We have substantial knowledge in managing large scale multiple- purchase contract vehicles. These contracts include NASA SEWP V, NITAAC CIO-CS, and SPAWAR C2 MAC. We also maintain our own GSA schedule (47QTCA18D008H).

Sharon Norwell

CounterTrade Products, Inc. provides Information Technology products and services for education, state and federal government clients from a product line card consisting of more than 1 million products and 2,200 manufacturers. A Woman-Owned Small Business (SBA certified) since 1985, CounterTrade is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 20243:2018 certified, has a GSA Schedule 70 Contract (47QTCA18D008H) and is a Prime Contractor for NASA SEWP V (NNG15SC05B, NNG15SC30B, NNG15SC65B ), SPAWAR C2 MAC (N65236-16-D-4805) and CIO-CS (HHSN316201500044W). For more information about our products and services, please visit

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