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Cyber Defense Acquisition & CMMC with DoD CISO, Katie Arrington

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


The need for the government to prevent the persistent theft of U.S. intellectual property and secure the defense industrial base has forced the Department of Defense to propose enforceable and auditable cybersecurity standards. In total, about 300,000 large and small contractors will be subject to the cyber auditing and certification, which the department has dubbed the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

Join Bloomberg Government and DOD’s Katie Arrington, chief information security officer with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, for a discussion about how companies can prepare for the upcoming changes.
The webinar will address topics such as:

  • Impacts of the new authorization on contract competition at the Pentagon
  • How implementation plans and audit procedures will be facilitated
  • The five distinct certifications, or levels, of the CMMC, which range from baseline controls to sophisticated capabilities
  • How CMMC will change acquisition culture


Laura Criste
  • Federal Market Analyst
  • Bloomberg Government

Laura Criste is a federal market analyst with Bloomberg Government. Criste specializes in cybersecurity, IT budget, and IT modernization. Previously, she was an analyst at ANSER’s homeland security federally funded R&D center. There, she informed homeland security strategy, including the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, by examining activities, mandates, budgets, and threats. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics from the University of Virginia and a masters in operations research from George Mason University. Follow me @Laura_Criste.

Katie Arrington
  • CISO for the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
  • Department of Defense

Katherine “Katie” Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.