Potomac Officers Club to Host Expert Panel During Fall CMMC Forum on Nov. 17th

Potomac Officers Club to Host Expert Panel During Fall CMMC Forum on Nov. 17th
Fall CMMC Forum

As the first Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) RFPs quickly approach, it is essential that organizations and companies shift gears to CMMC preparation. CMMC is not just about fixing a gap or implementing a control, it's about an organizational behavior, such as Practice Maturity and Process Maturity, which is essential for Level 3 and higher. 

Potomac Officers Club’s Fall CMMC Forum will feature Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as a keynote speaker. She will analyze the meaning of “process maturity” and the concept of “evidence” of maturity.

To register for Potomac Officers Club’s Fall CMMC Forum, as well as view other upcoming opportunities, visit Potomac Officers Club’s Event Page

The forum will feature an expert panel that will discuss the requirements and priorities of implementing the certification, including scoping of CMMC assessments, supply chain impacts and C3PAOs. 

Potomac Officers Club’s panel will host Ron Lear, director of IP Development and chief architect of CMMI Products and Services; Jeff Chang, LM fellow and supply chain cybersecurity officer with Lockheed Martin; Mike Cernetich, vice president of Strategic Business Development Coalfire Federal; and Patrick Perry director of Emerging Technology Solutions with Zscaler

The panel will be moderated by Alka Bhave, vice president of Performance Excellence with Perspecta

Moderator: Alka Bhave

As vice president of performance excellence, Bhave leads an independent organization with a mission to drive excellence into the performance of Perspecta programs, with scope across all lines of business and corporate functions.

She has more than 23 years of experience in program management, systems engineering and integration and technical contribution to the development of complex space and ground systems mission and IT systems. 

Panelist: Ron Lear

Lear has more than 35 years of experience with continual performance improvement, product development, engineering and service/operations management, supply chain and quality management. He led the development and launch of the CMMI Product Suite, including CMMI V2.0, MDDAP and CMMC-related products. 

He is a Certified CMMI High Maturity lead appraiser (CHMLA), Certified CMMI instructor with over 300 appraisals completed to date with multiple small and large organizations, including aerospace, automotive, defense, finance, biomedical and medical device, insurance, IT, telecommunications and systems and software integrators. 

Lear is ISACA’s lead for CMMC, and he is an active member of the CMMC Accreditation Body Assessment Method Working Group and one of the primary authors of the current CMMC Assessment Methodology.

Panelist: Jeff Chang

Chang is a principal information assurance engineer and supply chain cybersecurity officer for Lockheed Martin Space Global Supply Chain Organization (GSCO). He is responsible for Supply Chain Risk Management, Information Protection, supplier cybersecurity compliance and improvement. 

He has more than three decades of board experience in Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, IT, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Process Optimization.

Over the last six years, Chang has focused exclusively on Supply Chain Cybersecurity given the rising supply chain threats and the growing awareness of the vulnerabilities within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) multi-tier supply chain. 

Panelist: Mike Cernetich

With over 25 years of specialized experience in cybersecurity and information technology, Cernetich has helped commercial organizations and federal agencies develop and execute their cybersecurity strategies in support of their missions.

Cernetich currently serves as Coalfire Federal’s vice president, Strategic Business Development where he has leveraged Coalfire Federal’s FedRAMP expertise to expand its Federal and CMMC business practices. Prior to Coalfire Federal, Cernetich held leadership positions within Perspecta’s National Security and Civilian business units.

Panelist: Patrick Perry

As the director of Emerging Technology, Perry is responsible for the alignment of Zscaler capabilities to the DoD and Intelligence Communities (IC) mission sets in order to provide dynamic, mission focused innovative approaches to network/transport security.

Perry recently retired from the Army as a Signal Corps Chief Warrant Officer Four after 21+ years of service. Perry’s experience over the last 15 years has been with the U.S. Special Operations community.

Potomac Officers Club’s Fall CMMC Forum will feature Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as a keynote speaker. She will analyze the meaning of “process maturity” and the concept of “evidence” of maturity.

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