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Cyber Workshop Series

Topic: Cybersecurity in Procurement Regulation: Is the (Federal) Customer Always Right?



 Sponsored by:  International Cyber Center, George Mason University; CSC; TechAmerica and Garcia Cyber Partners

When: TBD

Where: CSC Executive Briefing Center, 3170 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Technical Point of Contact:  Dr. Arun Sood, GMU    {[email protected]}

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides critical infrastructure enterprises a compass for greater accountability and success with their cyber risk management.  How will this framework apply to procurement requirements of the federal government?  Section 8(e) of the cyber executive order 13636, states that GSA and DOD will recommend cyber security standards in acquisition and contracting practices, including harmonization thereof.  So how will government contractors and vendors be required to demonstrate their adoption of the cyber framework, as well as that of their supply chains, as a condition for their doing business with the government?  What will be the threshold requirements? 

Further, in January of this year, the DoD and GSA Joint Working Group on Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience Through Acquisition submitted its final report on integrating cybersecurity requirements into all federal procurements. This report, which satisfies Executive Order (EO) 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21, includes recommendations on the increased use of cybersecurity standards in all federal acquisition activities, including strategic planning, capabilities needs assessment, systems acquisitions, and program and budget development.

Workshop Venue

The meeting 
will be held at CSC Executive Briefing Center, 3170 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Directions to EBC Parking Garage:

From Washington D.C. – Take Route 50 West (Arlington Boulevard) to Fairview Park South. (the exit is located before the entrance to the Beltway).

From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) – take exit #50, Route 50 East and proceed east to Fairview Park South.  

Upon entering Fairview Park, turn left at the pond onto Fairview Park DriveTake the first left into 3170 Fairview Park Drive and follow the signs to the Executive Briefing Center.  


    Introduction by GMU and GCP (8:30 AM – 8:40 AM)

    Opening Keynote (8:40 AM – 9:10 AM) 
  • Edna Conway (invited), Chief Security Officer, Global Supply Chain, Cisco Systems 
    Panel 1 – The NIST Framework – Walk-Through (9:10 AM – 10:10 AM)
    Moderator TBD 
  • Donna Dodson, Chief, Computer Security Division, NIST 
  • Merritt Baer, Special Assistant in DHS CS&C (cybersecurity and communications) 
  • Michael Spierto, Director of Cybersecurity Policy, TechAmerica 
  • Arun Sood, Professor Computer Science, George Mason University 
    Break (10:10 AM – 10:30 AM) 

    Panel 2 – Procurement Developments (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
    Moderator TBD
  • Emile Monette, Senior Advisor for Cyber Security, GSA 
  • Sam Visner, Vice President and General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity 
  • Jennifer Bisceglie, President and CEO, Interos Solutions, Inc. 
    Keynote (11:30 AM – 12:00 AM)
  • To be announced
    Summary Remarks – GMU — Adjourn