Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is required for any potential government contractor to win contracts from the Department of Defense (DOD). The federal government requires cybersecurity certification to protect crucial information technology (IT) assets against hacking from hostile actors and mismanagement due to poor IT system practices.
During Potomac Officers Club’s (POC) 2021 CMMC Forum, notable private and public sector executives will discuss the latest updates, requirements and questions regarding Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.
The Forum will host an expert panel moderated by Michael Baker of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), featuring Karlton Johnson of the CMMC Accreditation Body, Ron Lear of ISACA-CMMI Institute, Jeffery Miller of Accenture Federal Service and Armando Seay of Maryland Innovation and Security Institute.
Moderator: Michael Baker
Baker is the staff VP and chief information security officer for GDIT. He possesses nearly two decades of experience in cyber leadership, talent development, risk management, audit, and compliance serving the aerospace and defense industry as CISO along with a variety of clients across industries as a seasoned consultant. He is also experienced in building high-performing teams and transforming the way cyber risk is managed.
Panelist: Ron Lear
Lear is the senior director of CMMI Program Development and Services for ISACA-CMMI Institute. He has over 35 years of experience in product development, engineering and service/operations management, supply chain, and quality management. He led the development and launch of the CMMI Product Suite, which includes CMMI V2.0, MDDAP and CMMC-related products.
Panelist: Jeffery Miller
Jeffrey Miller is a managing director with Accenture Federal Service, where he is responsible for Accenture’s Management Consulting Supply Chain and Operations practice. Mr. Miller has over 30 years of supply chain management experience in a wide variety of fields, including planning, fulfillment, sourcing and procurement.
Panelist: Armando Seay
Seay is the co-founder and director of the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI). He is also director and technical program director for MISI’s DreamPort cyber solutions accelerator. In these roles, Seay leads the critical infrastructure cybersecurity team, tech outreach and partner engagement support functions for MISI and DreamPort.
Panelist: Karlton Johnson
Johnson serves as the chairman of the CMMC Accreditation Body’s Board of Directors. He possesses over 32 years of experience in strategic leadership, cybersecurity and enterprise communications technologies. Johnson is a decorated combat veteran and previously served as the chief information officer for the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq. He also served as the CIO lead cyberspace expert adviser to the 4-star commander of the U.S. Forces stationed in South Korea.
After Johnson retired from active service, he has held leadership positions in large multinational firms with employees as many as 47,000 and managed portfolios up to $5.5 billion. He currently serves as the CEO of Delaine Strategy Group LLC.
Karlton Johnson will also deliver the Forum’s keynote address. He will explain his perspective of the CMMC rollout and the top priorities for the Board during his address. Johnson will discuss how industry feedback will help improve the vision behind how the organization develops for the first 100 days. Kristie Grinnell, VP of General Dynamics Information Technology, will introduce Johnson before his address.