CMMC Who? The Basics of New DoD Cybersecurity Compliance
10-14, 13:00–13:50 (US/Eastern), Room 402

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the new security program the Department of Defense (DoD) is requiring Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors to comply with. CMMC 2.0, released in late 2021, aims to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) with the evolving nature of contemporary cybersecurity threats in mind. In this talk, Chris Silvers will explore the historical progression of DoD cybersecurity requirements (including the 9/11 Commission Report), highlight the most impactful new components of in CMMC, and provide his expert guidance for DIB contractors to forge a path to certification.

Chris, one of less than 100 individuals officially certified as both a Certified CMMC Provisional Assessor and Instructor, has led CMMC instruction for more than 500 students. His positioning on the front lines of the CMMC 2.0 rollout, and his cumulative 25-plus years in cybersecurity, uniquely qualify him to guide DIB contractors through the certification process.

With more than 25 years of information security experience, Chris Silvers, CISSP, MBA, is the Founder and Principal Consultant at CG Silvers Consulting, a boutique information security firm based in Atlanta, GA. He is an established presenter and instructor, bringing an engaging, relatable storytelling style to all speaking engagements. In the classroom, Chris has worked with thousands of students, from 8-year-old Girl Scouts learning how to stay safe online to career forensic architects in government positions. Chris is also one of less than 100 individuals officially certified as both a Provisional CMMC Assessor and a Provisional CMMC Instructor, rendering him a uniquely qualified CMMC instructor for his almost 500 Defense Industrial Base students to date. On the presentation stage, he has been featured at DEF CON, TEDx, DerbyCon, and various universities, community events, and industry conferences. Chris regularly delivers engaging presentations on topics broadly ranging from social engineering, the state of the cyber security industry, cyber safety for families, and more. Chris' 2017 TEDx talk, The Cyber Skills Gap, has amassed more than 100,000 views and counting on YouTube.