Featuring a Spotlight on GDPR: Strict New Rules Are Effective May 25, 2018
McCarter & English joined NDIA New England for a full-day symposium titled “DFARS Cybersecurity 2.0: The Year of Continuous Monitoring.” This year’s event was a fast-paced program to help gain insight on the latest information in cybersecurity requirements for federal contractors under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
With cybersecurity safeguarding requirements firmly embedded in the FAR and DFARS, and with the European Union’s GDPR preparing to impact the data held by international companies, NDIA tailored this year’s event to provide a regulatory update since our last event, insight into the issues and concerns based on current events, and information on what to expect going forward.
The event featured both government and industry subject-matter experts addressing the state of compliance and enforcement at all levels in the supply chain. Included among them were McCarter’s Dan Kelly, Franklin Turner, and Alex Major, partners in the firm’s Government Contracts and Export Controls Practice. It also included Terry Dunlap, CEO and co-founder of Refirm Labs, specializing in Internet of Things security; Vicki Michetti, director of the Defense Industrial Base Cyber Security (DIB CS) Program Office, under the DoD CIO; Mary Thomas, from the Office of the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (OUSD), AT&L; and Daniel Holtzman, Cyber Technical Director, AF Materiel Command Life Cycle Management, Hanscom AFB. The program focused on providing prime contractors and subcontractors with the tools they need to ensure and prepare for DoD cybersecurity and European data privacy mandates.