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New Hampshire DFARS Cybersecurity Conference

Nashua, NH - About 160 business people gathered to attend the DFARS Cybersecurity Conference at Nashua Community College held on June 29th from 8:30am – noon. The purpose of the conference was to inform companies interested in contracting with the federal government in the defense and homeland security sectors that they must have documented cybersecurity protocols in place. This includes knowing which employees have access to making changes in the systems.

The DFARS Cybersecurity Conference was put on by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP) and the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center (NH GCAC). Welcome remarks were given by Zenagui Brahim, President of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. That was followed by Zachary Williams, Special Assistant for Policy and Projects at the Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, reading a letter from Senator Shaheen. Next was Dave Pease, Program Manager of the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center who spoke about what was to be covered in during the conference.

The conference then featured the Keynote address given by Patricia Toth, Supervisory Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Division. Patricia’s goal was to inform companies about the new NIST Standard Protocol 800-171, a standard she helped create.

Patricia explained to the audience the NIST Standard Protocol 800-171 standard came about to protect the large volumes of information the DOD and manufacturing companies were working with together. The protocols the new standard puts in place ensures consistent protection of information with all parties involved.

Following Patricia’s presentation was a prime contractor industry panel discussion headed by Kathy O’Donnell, Manager, Computer Systems Analysis at Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems and Cathryn Jackson, Director Supply Chain Cybersecurity Program, BAE Systems, Inc. The panel discussion focused on what their companies were doing with cybersecurity implementation and how other organizations can benefit from their success.

After the morning break the attendees heard from 2 industry service providers- Spencer Cobb, Director of Strategy and Business Development from Cytexllix and Amy Vermillion, Marketing and Sales Specialist at Imprimis, Inc. They both gave their analysis about the importance for companies to take an active role in cybersecurity and the impact of implementing the 800-171 standard.

The DFARS Cybersecurity Conference also allowed for networking opportunities before, during and after the conference.

For more information contact: Zenagui Brahim, President of NH MEP, 603-226-3200,

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