NDIA New England Holds Major Cybersecurity Conference


 “Cybersecurity Contract Requirements & Controls” was the topic of a sold-out, day-long conference held by National Defense Industrial Association’s New England Chapter in mid-May.

Federal prime- and sub-contractors from the New England region gathered at Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems headquarters in Tewksbury, MA, to get practical guidance needed to ensure and prepare for the security of government data throughout the defense industrial base supply chain.

The program featured keynote speaker Marianne Bailey, Principal Director, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DoD CIO, and many other government and industry experts, including Peter Kim, the U.S. Air Force Chief Information Security Office.

Sessions were devoted to the new FAR and DFARS regulations; implications of cybersecurity on controlled data rules; how prime contractors are addressing new DFARS and FAR rules and how they will flow them down to and monitor compliance by the subs; how small business subcontractors are dealing with the new requirements; recognizing the distinction between security and compliance, and examining the role of vendors and lawyers in assuring a company’s reputation and data are secure; and managing cyber-defensive technology.

“Cybersecurity is a major concern for businesses of all sizes,” said NDIA/New England President Clarke Orzalli. “We knew that going in, but the success of this conference demonstrates that there is much more that NDIA/New England can do to educate and support the region’s defense contractors.”

 Photos from the event:


Left to right: Dan Kelly, Partner at McCarter & English and Marianne Bailey, Principal Director, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DoD CIO


Left to Right: Marsha Cervantez, Sr. Principal Contracts Manager, General Dynamics Mission Systems; M. Roman Hachkowski, PhD, General Manager, AOA-Xinetics (AOX), Northrop Grumman; Dora C. Ramos, Principal Director, Contracts, Subcontracts, Procurement & Property, Draper; Michael F. Crones, Chief Information Officer, Draper; Saif Waiz, IT Lead, Supplier Cybersecurity, Raytheon; Moderator: Saif Waiz, IT Lead, Supplier Cybersecurity, Raytheon


Peter Kim, Air Force Chief Information Security Officer, USAF


Left to right: Andy Artz, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young; Nick DeLena, Senior Manager, IT Audit & Security, OCD Tech; Nick DeLena, Senior Manager, IT Audit & Security, OCD Tech; Tom McCarthy, Director of Cyber Security Consulting, Nuix; Moderator: Alex Major, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP


Left to right: Peter Lentros, Vice President, Chief Engineer, Lentros Engineering; Christopher Michaud, IT & Engineering Department Head, McLaughlin Research Corporation; Moderator: Dan Kelly, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP; George Ghareeb, Director, IT, Acumentrics; Michael Gaudet, Director IT, kSARIA Corporation