Most government contractors are well aware of the upcoming requirement for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). CMMC is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the Department of Defense (DoD) industrial base and supply chain. Soon, any contractor doing business will be required to be assessed and have achieved a specified level under the CMMC standard.
On September 28th, 2020, an interim rule change to the DFARS was released that adds requirements for contractors to submit a NIST800-171 self-assessment, and allows the inclusion of CMMC requirements in future contracts. While training is being conducted for Provisional Assessors now, the full program and certification of final assessors is not too far away. So now is the time to prepare!
Mr. Neel Gopalani of Aristi Technologies, and Mr. Scott Edwards of Summit 7 Systems, two cybersecurity experts who have been at the forefront of the CMMC standard, will share with us their view of the requirements, the current status and key dates for upcoming CMMC milestones, and provide you with effective steps you should be taking now to get ready for your NIST 800-171 self-assessment and CMMC third-party assessment.
Scott Edwards, President of Summit 7 Systems and brings 20+ years of experience providing thought leadership around Security and Compliance and Cloud Services as a national speaker. This though leadership has resulted in him being invited to participate in CMMC working groups and speak at other conferences throughout the DoD community. Before S7, Scott spent 6+ years working as a Senior Computer Engineer and NASA Datacenter Chief Engineer. Scott is a graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University.
Neel Gopalani, COO of Aristi Technologies, brings over 25 years of experience in delivering software development, information security and cloud solutions to public sector and commercial customers. At Aristi, he is responsible for business development and delivering consulting services in the areas of CMMC, FedRAMP and NIST compliance. Prior to Aristi, Neel served in key leadership roles at ECS Federal for over sixteen (16) years. He led the delivery of enterprise operations and technology solutions in areas of Agile/DevOps software development, cloud solutions and cybersecurity across federal civilian agencies.
Neel has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Systems from the University of Louisiana. He also maintains several industry-leading certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP), AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).
Scott EdwardsPresident of Summit 7 Systems
Neel GopalaniCo-Founder and COO at Aristi Technologies, Inc
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