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Introducing NC Protect’s New CUI Designator Labelling Capability for US Defense Requirements

by | Jun 14, 2022

Protecting CUI is a top priority for Defense contractors

Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is a top priority for companies that have government and defense contracts, especially with the changes being rolled out in CMMC 2.0. We’re pleased to announce a new NC Protect watermarking feature to support CUI Designator labeling capability to assist US Defense and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) with meeting the new CUI document handling and tagging requirements. The feature will be globally available during the July 2022 timeframe.

CUI is defined as government-created or owned information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls consistent with applicable laws, regulations and government-wide policies, including CMMC, DFARS, NIST and ITAR. Companies are now required to include a CUI Designator mark/label with 5 key pieces of information that cannot be achieved natively in M365, SharePoint on-premises and Files Shares. We have expanded NC Protect’s watermarking capabilities to meet US Defense requirements with the new CUI Designator labeling capability.

The new CUI Designator Label capability supports NC Protect’s existing ability to automate the identification and classification of CUI material stored and collaborated on across Microsoft 365 applications and SharePoint on-premises. The new CUI Designator Labeling capability automatically embeds required information, including Owner Name, Controlled By, Category, Distribution/Limited Dissemination Control and POC into the document as a watermark. This enhancement highlights how NC Protect continues to add value to our customers’ existing Microsoft investments with additional complementary capabilities.

Key features of NC Protect’s enhanced CUI watermarking capability include the ability to:

  • Dynamically apply a CUI Designator Label to data at rest using a
  • Manually build and apply the CUI Designator Label to data at rest using This can be previewed before it is applied.
  • Dynamically apply a CUI Designator Label as the file is being viewed.
  • When any watermarked document is opened in Microsoft Office or the NC Protect Secure Reader, the CUI Designator Label is embedded in the file.
  • Documents can include multiple watermarks in addition to the CUI Designator Label as required to prevent and track the source of data leaks.

NC Protect provides a full range of capabilities to identify and protect CUI and other sensitive data, allowing users to automatically classify and apply a CUI Designator Label to documents. Depending on the CUI level, user’s geographic location and security privileges, NC Protect can apply dynamic protection to prevent visibility of the document to unauthorized users, prevent emailing, and/or display the document within NC Protect’s secure ready-only viewer or allow the user to fully interact with the document. NC Protect provides enhanced data-centric information security across Microsoft 365, GCC and GCC High applications, including SharePoint Online, Exchange, Office and OneDrive, as well as SharePoint on-premises and Windows File Shares. The dynamic labeling capability can easily be extended to other government regulations and requirements.

Learn more about NC Protect’s capabilities for M365, GCC and GCC High to meet US Defense requirements in the video and links below.

Watch this short video on NC Protect’s capabilities for Defense and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB)

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