The Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida (FAIF) will co-host the third annual Florida Cyber Forum on October 18 - 19. The Forum will be co-hosted with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and FloridaMakes.
What will be Discussed?
DAY 1 - October 18
The Forum will provide attendees with information on how the business community is reacting and preparing their companies for cyber threats and attacks. Additionally, we will hear from some of Florida’s important business leaders, cybersecurity experts and lawmakers on the current and future assistance available to comply with cybersecurity requirements. Although we will cover Florida’s industries as a whole, we will focus on critical state infrastructure, supply chain and transportation and the challenges that they face with regard to data protection.
Day 2 - October 19
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). The intent of the CMMC is to combine various current cybersecurity standards into one unified standard for cybersecurity. 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 unclassified information under the control of a DoD Contractor. This discussion will be brought to attendees by the authors and consultants of the standards themselves.
Whether your company is contracting directly with the Department of Defense as a prime contractor or a subcontractor, or vendor providing services or products to the prime contractor or subcontractors, regardless of size, your company will now have 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 of these new standards, companies will soon 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. Regardless of your profession (risk managers, safety professionals, HR professionals, company managers, IT specialists, attorneys, etc.) or whether you represent individuals or provide services or are a vendor for public or private corporate interests, this seminar will be of significant value to you. Cybersecurity has become a major part of any Risk Management program. It is not for the sole concern of a company’s IT department; rather, it is “everyone’s problem” within the business and needs everyone’s attention. For those seeking updated technical information on the new defense “supply chain” mandatory cybersecurity requirements, professionals responsible for their development and use by industry will be presented.