Answers to Your Questions About CMMC

CMMC Event

Wednesday, January 24th, 2 – 3pm ET

On December 26, 2023, the U.S. Department of Defense published in the Federal Register the highly-anticipated CMMC Proposed Rule to usher in the CMMC 2.0 program. If you’re a DoD contractor or subcontractor, we know that this brings about a tremendous amount of concern and stress about how this will affect your business.

We want to ensure that you have the necessary information. That’s why we’re excited to participate in this compelling webinar hosted by Exostar: “No More Alphabet Soup: Simple, Straightforward Answers to Your Questions About CMMC on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024 from 2-3pm ET

Kyle Lai, President and CISO of KLC Consulting will be one of the featured panelists on Exostar’s Webinar, There is growing concern about the increase in cyber threats and data breaches faced by the Defense Industrial Base.  This webinar will offer you a better understanding of how the Department of Defense (DoD) is upgrading cybersecurity protocols to protect critical information.

During this informative session, our expert panelists will provide in-depth insights into the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This certification is crucial for organizations operating within the Defense Industrial Base as it sets a higher standard for cybersecurity requirements and aims to safeguard sensitive information.

Key topics covered during the webinar include:

  1. Understanding the significance of CMMC for the defense industry: Discover how the CMMC framework aims to mitigate cyber threats and protect critical information.
  2. Exploring the different levels of certification and their requirements: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the different CMMC levels and the specific cybersecurity measures required to achieve each level.
  3. Insights into the timeline for implementing CMMC: Learn about the phased implementation approach and the timeframe for compliance with the CMMC requirements.
  4. Assessing your organization’s readiness for CMMC certification: Discover best practices and assessment strategies to evaluate your organization’s readiness and identify areas for improvement.

Kyle Lai

Kyle is the President and CISO at KLC Consulting, a certified 3rd Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO), which provides advisory, conducts assessments, and enhances the cybersecurity of the Defense industry supply chain. Kyle also serves on the board of the C3PAO Forum. 

With over 25 years of cybersecurity expertise, Kyle has served as an advisor to renowned organizations such as ExxonMobil, Zoom, DISA (U.S. DoD), Boeing, HP, and Microsoft. His qualifications include CMMC Certified Professional (CCP) and Certified Assessor (CCA) certifications and CISSP, CSSLP, CISA, CIPP/US/G, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor credentials. Before starting KLC Consulting, Kyle was a CISO at a global I.T. company and Brandeis University – Heller School. Additionally, He was a U.S. DoD operations manager responsible for the cybersecurity training portal supporting the entire Department personnel. 

Ken Squires

Ken Squires

Ken Squires is a Director at Sikich and leads the governance, risk and compliance team. With more than two decades of experience managing governance, risk and compliance initiatives, including serving as a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) for several companies, Kenneth is able to offer clients unparalleled strategic guidance as they work to complete organizational cybersecurity objectives. He helps clients navigate complex compliance requirements related to a plethora of security standards, including NIST, HIPAA, GLBA, CMMC, SOX, PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and more.

Kenneth has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Information Security. He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), a HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP), certified in NSA INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) and an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Waide Jones

Waide Jones

Waide Jones joined the management team of Exostar in mid-2015 as the Director of Information Security.  He became the Chief Information Security Officer in August of 2016.  In this capacity Waide directs the Exostar information security program to protect its information, assets, and customers.

Prior to joining Exostar, Waide spent 17 years of his career with Lockheed Martin where he held various technical and leadership roles.  He is an accomplished leader and IT security architect.  He has a proven ability to develop and execute cyber security initiatives that include people, process, and technology.  Waide is experienced in working with industry peers to influence change and create opportunities to better protect critical information from cyber threats wherever it resides.  His experiences range from program/team leadership, strategy development, cyber security risk management, supply chain cyber security, budget & financial planning, risk and vulnerability assessments, audit, IT architecture, secure system design, CIRT, forensics, and policy/standard development.

Waide holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications and a Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems from George Mason University.  Waide has several certifications to include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Kevin Hancock

Kevin Hancock

Kevin Hancock has over 20 years experience in secure collaboration with distributed teams and partners in highly regulated markets. He has led Sales Engineering, Customer Success, and Professional Services Teams across a broad technology spectrum including Agile Development and DevOps tools and practices; Zero Trust Networking; and Identity and Access Management just to name a few. Focusing on driving adoption, managing change, and helping customers learn, Kevin joined Exostar in May 2021 as Director, Sales Engineering.

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