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Why as a DoD Contractor Do I Need to Be CMMC Compliant

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST (2020-01-14 15:30:00 UTC)
  • Katie Arrington

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The DoD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Initiative is a critical change in the way the military approaches procurement which will require 100% of all DoD contractors to obtain 3rd party certifications on cybersecurity compliance. Learn the details of this new initiative that will go live in September 2020 and why it will be mandatory to bid on all new DoD contracts. Katie Arrington, the Chief Information Security Officer of the Office of Under Secretary of Defense: Acquisition & Sustainment will be providing the background of this initiative, the goals of the CMMC initiative, and how as a DoD contractor how you are a critical player in protecting our nations assets. 

Q&A will be moderated by William Morse, SANS Account Manager for Government Contractors. 

Speaker Bio

Katie Arrington

Katherine "Katie" Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD A&S, to align acquisition cyber strategy.

As the cyber lead and programmatic analytic advisor for strategic cyber programs, Ms. Arrington is responsible for conducting analysis within the major defense acquisition program portfolio and across the Department of Defense. This cross-functional analysis will ensure transparency within the acquisition strategy, interoperability between enterprise networks, and compliance strategies for cyber initiatives. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with current and future standards. The final focal point will be on protecting the Department's intellectual property/data and securing our weapon systems and critical infrastructure. 

Before assuming her position in OUSD A&S, Ms. Arrington had an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive. Ms. Arrington was a candidate for South Carolina US House of Representative 2018 and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms. She has substantial experience and capabilities in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of domains, including DoD, Federal, Healthcare and State. She acquired her experience in cyber over the past 15 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation and Dispersive Networks. This has given her the unique experience of working at a large business, small business and non-traditional contractor for the government. She attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

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