Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Preparation Webinars

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Preparation Webinars

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Preparation Webinars

03/09/2023 - 06/01/2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Four Monthly Webinars | Hosted through Zoom

Program Description

Safeguarding sensitive information continues to be the strategic direction of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program given the increasingly frequent and complex cyberattacks targeting the Defense Industrial Base.

CONNSTEP is presenting a series of four separate webinars to prepare your business for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance.

Participants will learn about:

  • the importance of understanding the compliance timeline
  • protecting your business with security policy and procedures
  • utilizing your IT MSP to achieve compliance
  • critical steps for a successful CMMC audit

All four webinars are included for one low fee of $50.

Intended audience

Any Connecticut manufacturer in the Defense Industrial Base or business interested in learning more about cybersecurity practices.

Schedule & Topics

Webinar #1 – Thursday, March 9th – Understanding CMMC Timeline & Steps to Compliance

CONNSTEP, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center for Connecticut, will share with you what you need to know about the rollout of CMMC. 

We’ll discuss why it is critical for industrial organizations to understand the compliance timeline and the steps to be taken in preparation. 

You will receive guidance on: 

  • the CMMC 2.0 rollout timeline 
  • the DoD CMMC steps to becoming compliant with regulations and requirements 
  • why developing and implementing security policies and procedures will protect your business, 
  • how to handle a security incident as an organization and what to do to prepare 
  • what to expect as your organization prepares for CMMC compliance and the critical success factors


Webinar #2 – Thursday, April 6th – How to Develop & Implement Effective CMMC Policies & Procedures

Developing and implementing security policies and procedures to protect your business is a critical step in your CMMC compliance journey.  

CONNSTEP will provide guidance on: 

  • how to develop and adopt effective internal policies and procedures 
  • how to generate and collect the required documentation and evidence in preparation for the CMMC audit 
  • how to develop internal security incident handling capabilities  
  • the proven techniques to use for employee training 
  • applying best practices for policies and procedures implementation 
  • the critical success factors for adopting policies and procedures throughout your organization

Webinar #3 – Thursday, May 4th – How to Leverage Your IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) to Achieve CMMC Compliance

Many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMM) who want to achieve and sustain cybersecurity compliance, find it difficult due to not having adequate information technology (IT) resources on staff.   

In this webinar, CONNSTEP will discuss how to utilize your IT MSP to propel your CMMC compliance efforts. 

You will receive guidance on: 

  • how to confirm or select an IT/Cyber MSP – what to look for and ask 
  • how to manage IT responsibilities regarding CMMC compliance 
  • what information/reports IT MSP needs to provide 
  • how to develop coordinated procedures with your IT MSP 
  • the critical role your IT staff needs to play to support your compliance efforts

Webinar #4 – Thursday, June 1st – Steps to Take in Preparation for a CMMC Audit

Solid preparation and effective implementation of policies and procedures are critical for a successful CMMC audit. 

In this webinar, you will receive guidance on: 

  • the steps your organization should take toward CMMC audit preparation 
  • best practices for sustainment of your cybersecurity requirements 
  • the vital importance of maintaining your company’s policies and procedures
  • what are the critical success factors to assist with your CMMC audit


Anna Mumford – Cybersecurity & Technology Solutions Consultant

Anna Mumford applies her cybersecurity and technology knowledge to help small and midsize Connecticut manufacturers with cybersecurity compliance, security risk management, and security resiliency best practices. She provides compliance analysis and assessments, guidance on compliance controls implementation and remediation including Incident Response Plan and training, System Security Plan, Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures documentation and training. 

With over 20 years of experience in technology, she initiated her career working for prime DoD supply manufacturers and later technology consulting industries. Anna co-founded her own IT firm which exposed her to all aspects of running a business. She has been part of an IT advisory and Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) firm identifying business technology challenges and cybersecurity vulnerabilities for improved business resiliency and continuity. 

Anna is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Cybersecurity Management at Purdue University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is bilingually proficient in both English and Polish. 


Jeff Orszak – Director, Business Technology & Innovation

Jeff Orszak leads CONNSTEP’s Business Technology and Innovation practice and is actively involved in the cybersecurity sector for manufacturing. In addition, he assists Connecticut companies with product development and creates innovation partnerships to bring new technologies to market. He works with companies to originate new ideas, advanced concepts, and best practices that include cybersecurity, contributing to organizational improvement and problem solving. He applies his Lean and Six Sigma knowledge to bridge gaps in business development, product development, and operations.    

Jeff has more than 20 years of product development and program management experience, leading diverse teams in telecommunication, semiconductor and aerospace industries. He has successfully created products and introduced new technologies into the market helping companies achieve increased revenue and improved profits. Jeff has applied Lean tools to improve operational and product development processes. Utilizing Six Sigma methods, he has solved critical problems affecting product performance and yields. An effective teacher, Jeff applies his skills to successfully support workforce development. 

Jeff is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science with High Distinction and of Boston University with a Master of Arts, both in Physics. He has also studied Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and product development at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is active in supporting STEM education.


Registration fee: $50 per attendee. Payment in full at the time of registration.

Registration fees include access to all four webinars & recordings.

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