Cybersecurity Forum 2021 Continues to Advance U.S. Cybersecurity Conversation

By Kristen Morales • March 17, 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) has provided Florida’s business community with a $22 billion opportunity, but there’s a catch. Before Florida’s prime and sub-contractor defense companies can win those contracts; they must meet cybersecurity regulations. These standards have become minimums that must be complete before contract award and include the Defense Acquisition Regulation Systems (DFARS) regulations and DoD’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). With more than $22 billion a year spent on contracted defense procurement across Florida and more than $95 billion in total annual economic impact from the state’s military defense presence, meeting these requirements is critical to the warfighter and the state economy. CMMC is the DoD’s effort to ensure all defense contractors are practicing and maintaining the proper security level to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI). Moving forward compliance with meeting these requirements stands in front of any revenue opportunities with the DoD.

Eric Noonan, CyberSheath’s CEO, will be speaking at Florida Space Coast Cybersecurity Forum 2021, with a focus on the “how” behind achieving compliance. Register for the event here and tune in on March 23, 2021 at 9:00 am EST, to learn more.

As founder and CEO of CyberSheath, a Sponsor of Florida Space Coast Cybersecurity Forum 2021, Eric is well versed in the goals and efforts behind the CMMC. CyberSheath has been delivering audit-ready, compliance-focused managed services for NIST 800-171 requirements for 8+ years, and the CMMC is the next evolution of those standards. CyberSheath has been a part of the DoD public/private partnership since the beginning and is a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (CMMC-RPO), focused on enabling defense contractors to achieve compliance.

CMMC is one of the most comprehensive and impactful moves by the DoD to better secure sensitive data on defense contractors’ systems and networks. As a new set of requirements, many defense contractors are still working to understand the complexities and nuances of the standards, what they are responsible for, and how to implement those changes.

CyberSheath launched our compliance managed services for CMMC to assist DoD contractors through the process. Through our managed services, we are able to meet contractors where they are, identify gaps in CMMC compliance, implement the changes, and maintain and assure their compliance at the proper level.

We wanted to Sponsor Florida Space Coast Cybersecurity Forum 2021 because it’s advancing important conversations around the state of security and where we can go from here.

While the U.S. faces cyber threats from around the world, we have plenty of lessons to learn from and a new bar for effective cybersecurity.  We don’t know what attacks might be coming, but we do know how to prepare. We hope this year’s conference will spur all in attendance to advance the cybersecurity goals that will defend American innovation and infrastructure.

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