Cybersecurity Forum - September 2020

September 16, 2020 8:00 am - September 17, 2020 5:00 pm
Virtual Event

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Featured Speakers

U.S Senator Marco Rubio and Katherine Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

About This Event

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Following on the success of the first event, FloridaMakes will co-host the second annual Cybersecurity Forum Virtual Event on September 16th and 17th. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida, and the Workers' Compensation Institute (WCI) with special keynote speakers U.S Senator Marco Rubio and Katherine Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

View the informational flyer with the forum's agenda here.


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What Information will be Discussed? 

DAY 1 - September 16

Participants will receive a comprehensive look at the increased emphasis on cybersecurity in response to numerous reported cyber breaches that are occurring in our nation. The presenters will define the importance of being concerned about protecting data both from an individual and corporate basis, who are the “bad guys” and how to recognize when a breach is occurring or has occurred. A simulated breach will be demonstrated. The prevention of cyber breaches and negative consequences will also be discussed.

Understanding the need for cybersecurity on a national and international level is best explained by Senator Marco Rubio in his keynote address. In his positions in the U.S. Senate, Senator Rubio is fully aware of the extremely important need for a robust cyber-security emphasis for national and international security/defense reasons. His presentation will be followed by representatives of leading industries concerned with major initiatives to prevent any cyber breach and the dramatic consequences on the total infrastructure of the nation, i.e., a breach that could close all ports in America, dismantle energy sources, hinder or stop communications, prevent coordination of military protections or otherwise disrupt the basic economy of our nation — situations that are akin to what the American public has experienced with the existing pandemic.

DAY 2 - September 17

We will focus on the new federally mandated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Program (CMMC) set to become effective this year for companies who do business with the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain. The intent of the CMMC is to combine various current cybersecurity standards into one unified enhanced standard. The CMMC will also measure the maturity of a company’s cybersecurity practices and processes through an independent auditing process. It will serve as a framework to protect sensitive classified and unclassified information under the control of a DoD Contractor and companies within that DoD Contractor’s supply chain. This information will be brought to attendees by the authors and consultants of the standards themselves. These sessions are the inaugural event of a Federal grant intended to provide attendees with information about these new standards and most importantly the requirements for compliance.

Whether your company is contracting directly with the Department of Defense as a prime contractor, a subcontractor, or vendor providing services or products to the prime contractor or subcontractors, regardless of size, your company will be required to be audited and certified as compliant with these new standards. Specifically designed to be cost-effective and affordable for small businesses, these new CMMC Standards will be described in detail with timeliness for compliance by members of the commission that actually drafted the standards. Without compliance with these new standards, companies may realize that they are precluded from providing services and products that possibly were a mainstay in their profitability in the past. Awareness of the applicability of these new standards and need for compliance will be an essential requirement for those affected companies.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you are seeking a “best practices” approach to providing cybersecurity or will be required to meet the new federally mandated standards, this series of educational offerings provide an ever-changing model for responding to real cybersecurity risks that seemingly involve all aspects of our society. Those recommended to attend include:

  • IT Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Safety Professionals
  • Small and Mid-Sized Florida Defense Contractors
  • Companies in the Defense Industrial Base
  • PEOs and Temporary Staffing Companies providing services to companies in the DoD supply chain
  • Prime Contractors seeking resiliency through ensuring that supply chain providers of services/products have the appropriate cybersecurity certifications
  • Attorneys
  • HR Professionals
  • Claims Adjusters
  • Insurance Carriers/Self-Insureds/Third Party Administrators (Liability coverages for risks related to cyber breaches including underwriting information obtained from companies in the defense supply chain)
  • Companies and Individuals seeking information on “best practices” for cybersecurity and ways of protecting information
  • Company Managers overseeing the conduct of employees for the purpose of protecting confidential information (cybersecurity risks are the concerns of the entire company not just to a few)
  • Companies desiring to do business planning for Florida operations and the overall risks of a cyber breach (or for that matter any catastrophic event) on the state’s infrastructures

Honorable Speakers

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Katherine Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer, as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that will help to ensure a robust Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), establish defense industrial base security and resilience and create a common basis in cybersecurity standards. The Department of Defense is in the process of implementing the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards, and Ms. Arrington will give attendees an update on the timelines, the certification process, and the impact to the industry.

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U.S Senator Marco Rubio will present a compelling overview of the national risks associated with cyber breaches from other nation-states. As Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Committee member of the Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, he is in a unique position to understand and explain security risks that need to be closely overseen.

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Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis

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U.S. Congressman Michael Waltz

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Beverly Seay, Chair of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees

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When & Where

Virtual Event

September 16, 2020 8:00 am -
September 17, 2020 5:00 pm

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