Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) Conference


Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) Conference

Date: March 5, 2020 | 9am - 4pm | Location: DreamPort Facility in Columbia MD

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On March 5th 2020 at DreamPort and Eccalon will host Department of Defense leaders and cyber solution industry experts to provide industry with the latest update on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC).

Keynote address by Katie Arrington, Cyber Information Security Officer for the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), and Shannon Jackson, Director, DoD OSBP.

Panel discussions will include Katie Arrington, Scott Edwards, and Jon Williams. More will be added soon, so stay tuned!

There will be solutions demonstration breakouts with Summit 7, and also Eccalon, which will feature their Project Spectrum Website and a continuous monitoring demonstration.

The soon to be published agenda will include information and demonstrations on CMMC solutions that have been part of test and evaluation efforts conducted by DreamPort and Eccalon that can assess IT and manufacturer operational technologies (OT) that also are part of all of critical infrastructure systems.


  • 8:00am – 8:45am, Registration, Coffee & Networking
  • 9:00 – 9:30am, Welcome & Intro Speakers, including Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • 9:30am – 10:00am, Keynote Introduction
  • 10:00am – 11:00am, CMMC Speaker, Mrs. Katie Arrington
  • 11:00am – 11:10am, Break
  • 11:10am – 12:00pm, Panel Discussion
    • Ms. Katie Arrington
    • Mr. Ed Devinney, Corporate Director of Cyber Programs
    • Mr. Morgan Plummer, Managing Director of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) at the U.S. DoD
    • Mr. Mike Pitcher, VP of Coalfire Federal
    • Mr. Ty Schieber, Board Chair for CMMC Accreditation Board
    • Mr. Michael Kelleher, MD MEP Director
    • Jon Williams, PilieroMazza, Government Contract and Cyber Attorney
  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm, Catered Lunch Break
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm, Table top exhibits focus & Dessert
  • 12:45pm – 3:45pm, Breakout Sessions
    • Nozomi Networks
    • Project Spectrum Website
    • Summit 7 – Microsoft Azure & CMMC compliance
    • Splunk
    • Dragos – 2019 Threat Review
    • Tripwire
    • Plus Many More…

Speakers & Panelists

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Katie Arrington
Katie Arrington

Katherine "Katie" Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD (A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.

As the cyber-lead and programmatic analytic advisor for strategic cyber-programs, Arrington is responsible for conducting analysis within the major defense acquisition program portfolio and across the Department of Defense. This cross-functional analysis will ensure transparency within the acquisition strategy, interoperability between enterprise networks and compliance strategies for cyber-initiatives.

Ed Devinney
Ed Devinney

Ed currently serves as Corporate Director of Cyber Programs on the Space, Intelligence and Cyber Team within Government Relations at Northrop Grumman. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective internal and external customer relationships to foster an in-depth understanding of cyber requirements for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence community.

Prior to joining industry, Mr. Devinney served 29 years active duty in the United States Navy retiring with the rank of Captain. Ed served the first part of his career as a Surface Warfare Officer on multiple at-sea or Pentagon assignments, culminating with Commanding the Aegis Destroyer USS COLE (DDG-67) from 2008-2010. Additionally, Ed has nearly a decade of Capitol Hill experience having served as the Navy's liaison to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and as the Senate Director for the Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. Ed also served as Chief, Strategic Cyber Defense for the Secretary of Defense and finished his career at United States Cyber Command where he created the Corporate Partnerships Program and was the founder of Cyber Command's first cyber incubator and prototyping facility, DreamPort.

Mr. Devinney has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, Master's Degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master's Degree from the Eisenhower School in National Resource Strategy/Finance. Ed participates as a Board Member at Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) and is on the Executive Advisory Board for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards brings 20+ years of experience in business, systems engineering, training and security to Summit 7 Systems. As President and Managing Partner – Scott is providing thought leadership around Security, Compliance, Cloud Services and Knowledge Management for DFARS 252.204-7012, NIST 800-171 / 53, and CMMC requirements. Before launching Summit 7 Systems, Scott spent 6 and a half years working for SAIC and CSC as a Senior Computer Engineer and as the NASA Datacenter Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager. Prior to his civilian career, Scott served as an Officer in the US Army Signal Corps. Mr. Edwards is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science (Information Assurance) from the National Security Agency program at James Madison University.

Shannon Jackson
Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson, Director, DoD OSBP, leads a network of 700 full-and part-time Small Business Professionals across the Department of Defense (DoD). He ensures they leverage DoD's small business industrial base to contribute to military readiness, introduce innovation to build a more lethal force and provide timely and cost-effective products and services. The work of DoD's Small Business Professional workforce annually results in more than $50 billion in prime-contract spending and over $40 billion of subcontract-spending for small businesses.

Mr. Jackson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army,where he served for 23 years. In the military, he was the Deputy Program Manager for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force; a Foreign Military Sales Acquisition Officer/Program Manager for a Major Weapon Systems, Ammunition and Service for the Government of Iraq; and the Department of the Army System Coordinator (DASC) within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology directly managing the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and the Hellfire Missile System.

Mr. Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in History from Virginia State University, a master's degree in Business Administration fromNichols College,and a master's degree in Procurement and Acquisition from Webster University. He is a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 3 certified Program Manager and a Level 2 Contracting professional.

Mr. Jackson is married to Michelle and they have two children, Paige and Colin.

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher is the executive director of the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), a non-profit organization funded by industry and the State of Maryland that is focused on growing and strengthening Maryland manufacturers. He oversees all aspects of the organization and its array of programs and services that help local manufacturers operate more efficiently, grow profitability and create more jobs and opportunities in Maryland. Under his leadership, MD MEP has served more than 600 manufacturers across the state, generating more than $300 million in economic impact and more than 1,500 jobs. Mr. Kelleher has been a strategic advisor and consultant providing services to businesses, government and non-profit organizations for more than 20 years.

Phil Page
Phil Page

Phil Page is the Technical Manager for BD and Partner Alliances at Nozomi Networks, helping customers and partners around the world secure industrial control networks. Prior to joining Nozomi, he worked as a network security consultant in the Federal space, designing and deploying security solutions for organizations in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Phil previously served as an Engineer Officer in the US Army Reserve and earned his master's degree in Information Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Michael W. Pitcher
Michael W. Pitcher

Michael Pitcher is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Lead for Coalfire Federal and leads the Federal team's Cyber Risk Services business unit where he oversees the delivery of cybersecurity assessments, penetration testing, and cyber engineering. He manages relationships with hyperscale cloud providers, and leads the development of compliance management services for NIST SP 800-171 (DFARS) and NIST SP 800-53 (FedRAMP/FISMA) engagements which have helped establish Coalfire as the leading FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO).

Mr. Pitcher has over 14 years of leadership experience delivering cyber capabilities and assurance services to both commercial and federal customers. Prior to Coalfire, Mr. Pitcher spent five years at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) where he led large scale cybersecurity delivery at the United States Coast Guard (USCG), as well as the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) programs within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Pitcher also served as an IT Auditor at KPMG where he performed a variety of IT control assessments for government customers, and early on in his career he led a technical services team for an IT managed service provider.

Mr. Pitcher received a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University, and both an M.S. in Computer Science as well as a graduate certificate in Information Assurance from George Washington University. He maintains his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner (CCP), and Certified Splunk Architect credentials.

Morgan Plummer
Morgan Plummer

Mr. Morgan Plummer serves as the Managing Director of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) at the U.S. Department of Defense. Immediately prior to his appointment as Director, Morgan served as the Senior Advisor to the Director of MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator and was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining NSIN, Morgan served as a senior defense official in the Obama Administration, departing in 2016 as the Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. As the senior policy advisor and principal deputy to the Department's chief human resources officer, Morgan helped oversee a bold set of sweeping reforms, including the full integration of women into ground combat units, the repeal of the ban against open transgender service and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's signature set of civilian and military personnel policy reforms, collectively referred to as the "Force of the Future" initiative. Before his role within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Morgan served as Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Army. While there, he focused on strategic planning, improving the organizational design of the Army's headquarters and refining its business processes. Morgan joined the Obama Administration after almost 12 years on active duty in the United States Army, where he served in a variety of command and staff assignments and completed multiple combat tours.

Morgan has received numerous meritorious service and achievement medals, been decorated for valor, and received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. In addition to his military and civilian awards, Morgan holds degrees from Michigan State University and Georgetown University. He also serves as Board Chairman of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), a non-profit dedicated to enabling a culture of innovation in the U.S. national security community.

Ty Schieber
Ty Schieber

Ty Schieber currently serves as a Senior Director, Executive Education for the University of Virginia, Darden School Foundation. He brings to the CMMC AB Chairman role over 32 years of leading people, developing teams, and delivering results in both the public and private sectors during varied roles as a solutions engineer, business & community leader, elected local government official, and Marine Corps officer.

He has led business operations for a range of large, mid-tier, small, and start-up companies providing cyber, engineering and technology services & products for Federal, State, Local government and commercial clients, involving P&L responsibility of $185,000,000 in revenue, 1000 employees, and 250 programs dispersed over 38 states and 5 countries. During his business career, he has led two companies to acquisition, successfully integrated several acquired companies into business operations, and founded his own company.

He was elected as the Garrisonville District Supervisor on the Stafford County Virginia Board of Supervisors from January 2012-December 2013, and also served on the Stafford County Virginia School Board from 2010-2012. He is also two-term past-Chairman and member of the Board of the Military Affairs Council of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Armando Seay
Armando Seay

Armando Seay is a Co-founder and Director for the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI). Armando is also a Director and Technical Program Director for MISI's DreamPort cyber solutions accelerator. Armando leads the critical infrastructure cybersecurity team and tech outreach and partner engagement support functions for MISI and DreamPort. Armando is responsible for engagement across the nation and the globe to connect with thought leaders and disruptors in cybersecurity and to create partnerships with leading companies and academic partners to help find and validate the true efficacy of solutions for the many MISI customers. Armando also leads the development of conferences and training engagement designed to increase cyber awareness on trending or lesser known cyber challenges but to also increase the pipeline of ideas and skill needed to accelerate the cyber mission of the MISI customer base.

Armando leads the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance and capabilities acceleration project sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD). The project entails Armando's leadership of a team and its deep network of technology partners throughout the United States in the testing and evaluation of technology that can be used by the larger segment of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) which consist of mostly small and medium sized businesses to get on the path towards compliance with the CMMC.

Armando has over 25 years of executive, management, sales, software engineering, network engineering, cyber analytic solutions development. Armando's prior experiences includes Vice President Business Development and Cyber Security for SSI Guardian a leading provider of security training, active shooter and cyber risk assessments and solutions for corporations, government and the education market.

Jon Williams
Scott Edwards

Jon Williams has over 15 years of experience advising contractors on a wide range of government contracting matters and Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance, including the federal procurement programs for small businesses (i.e., the 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, and SDVOSB programs). He represents contractors in bid protests, size protests and appeals, and related administrative and court proceedings. Mr. Williams assists large and small contractors in navigating SBA audits and investigations, including subcontracting plan compliance reviews, IG investigations, and suspension and debarment proceedings. He regularly helps contractors to establish teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships. Additionally, he counsels contractors on cure notice responses, requests for equitable adjustment, claims, and disputes on government contracts.

Mr. Williams helps clients explore corporate restructuring and small business planning, including development of affiliation mitigation or avoidance strategies as well as growth and exit plans. He has handled many significant buy and sell-side transactions, including partner buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, business line and subsidiary spinoffs, and debt refinancing. Mr. Williams routinely reviews and drafts corporate resolutions, operating agreements, bylaws, shareholders' agreements, employment agreements, and many other business contracts. He also works closely with the firm's Litigation Group on disputes between contractors, and with the firm's Labor & Employment Group on Service Contract Act compliance and negotiations with labor unions.

Mr. Williams is a member of the HUBZone Contractors National Council Board of Directors and serves on their Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and serves on their Legislation and Regulatory Committee.

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