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Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors Virtual Seminar – PA

October 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - November 19, 2020 @ 2:30 pm EDT

The 6-part Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors webinar series will meet virtually every Thursday between October 15 and November 19, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

With the Department of Defense (DoD) ramping up its focus on cybersecurity for the supply chain, manufacturers will need to take specific steps to protect covered defense information (CDI) if they want to continue doing business with DoD.

With current and future DoD contracts at stake, compliance is a strategic necessity that contractors cannot ignore. And with third party certification audits to be conducted in 2020, time is running out for manufacturers to reach compliance.

To help navigate this new terrain, Catalyst Connection and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network, have assembled a team of cybersecurity experts to assist in understanding the consequences of non-compliance and how to ultimately achieve compliance. Through this support, defense contractors will learn exactly what steps to take to ensure the protection of all information as well as the future of their business.

Manufacturers are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions for a complete picture of the requirements to achieve cybersecurity compliance.

Session 1: Laying the Foundation: The Need for Cybersecurity in U.S. Manufacturing

October 15 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Why the need for cybersecurity?
  • How and why threats are impacting US Manufacturing
  • What is new in cybersecurity?

Session 2: DFARS & CMMC Overview

October 22 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Why does DFARS exist?
  • Current requirements for companies with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) or DoD Covered Defense Information (CDI)
  • What is CMMC?

Session 3: DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance Process

October 29 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Focus on how to become compliant with DFARS 800-171.
  • What is CUI or CDI?
  • Assessment: NIST 800-171A: 110 controls
  • Documents of Compliance: System Security Plan, Plan of Actions and Milestones, Incidence Response Plan

Session 4: Cybersecurity Compliance – Real Company Examples

November 5 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm  

  • How to write policies and procedures – and how are they different?
  • What to do and what not to do when working towards compliance
  • Examples from manufacturers of what works – and what does not

Session 5: CMMC Breakdown

November 12 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • What is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?
  • Levels of CMMC framework and how to determine required level of compliance

Session 6: Cyber Security: What Are Your Risks?

November 19 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Identify – Protect – Detect – Respond – Recover
  • DoD-required Incidence Response Plan



October 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
November 19, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
No Cost
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Connie Palucka


Virtual Event
Pittsburgh, PA United States + Google Map