Cybersecurity Conference Addresses Defense Supplier Requirements

March 27, 2018

by Connstep Team

(Rocky Hill, CT, March 21, 2018) – CONNSTEP, Inc., in conjunction with BlumShapiro Consulting, held a cybersecurity conference for manufacturers in Connecticut who conduct business as a prime or subcontractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. All defense-related tiered suppliers must be compliant with the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The requirements are detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171.

Jeff Orszak, Technology and Innovation Manager at CONNSTEP presented a three-step approach for assessing information systems at an organization to assure DFARS compliance which included a System Security Plan, a Security Assessment Report, and a Plan of Action.

Clause 252.204-7012 of the DFARS requires defense contractors and subcontractors to do the following:

1.     Provide adequate security to safeguard covered defense information that resides on or is transiting through a contractor’s internal information system or network.

2.     Report cyber incidents that affect a covered contractor information system or the covered defense information residing therein, or that affect the contractor’s ability to perform requirements designated as operationally critical support.

3.     Submit malicious software discovered and isolated in connection with a reported cyber incident to the DOD Cyber Crime Center

4.     If requested, submit media and additional information to support damage assessment.

5.     Flow down the clause in subcontracts for operationally critical support, or for which subcontract performance will involve covered defense information.

BlumShapiro Consulting presented Security Incident and Event Monitoring (SIEM) tools to simplify logging, auditing and correlating security events, and facilitating timely response to incidents. They reviewed compliance tools to auto-generate system security plans, track plans of actions and milestones, and develop core policies and procedures based upon standardized templates, cybersecurity awareness training, and multifactor authentication. They also shared cloud-based and on-premise options for multifactor authentication and cybersecurity awareness training tools to track and assure compliance across an organization.


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Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

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President, Arthur G Russell Co

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

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VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

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Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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