Securely Yours – Executive Webinar Series CMMC 1.0 – What to Know and Where to Start

Dr Joe Adams, CISSP, Chief Knowledge Officer, Securely Yours

Dr. Joe Adams joins us to present an executive overview of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), an important step in becoming certified to obtain and maintain federal contracts. As the founder of the Michigan Cyber Range and a retired Army officer, Dr. Adams has significant experience in Federal cybersecurity accreditation and certification programs to share. 

The webinar discusses the CMMC and its intended use as a stepping stone for an organization obtaining full NIST 800-171 certification. This certification is critical because of the Federal requirement for all contractors to be NIST 800-171 compliant. Given the sometimes-daunting task of addressing hundreds of controls, written in technical government language, many companies could not complete certification. Now, the government has created CMMC as a means to help contractors work their way toward compliance. 

This webinar will discuss the CMMC certification levels and how they relate to meeting the NIST 800-171 requirement. The discussion informs executives who want to know more about getting this critical certification and how they can start preparing their organization to be compliant. 

Dr. Joe Adams is a retired Army officer, former CIO, and founder of the Michigan Cyber Range. Joe retired as a Colonel from a 26-year career in the US Army Signal Corps, which included diverse assignments such as designing networks for NATO, teaching hacking at the US Military Academy (USMA), and building security programs as the Chief Information Officer of the National Defense University. After retiring, he joined Merit Network and built the Michigan Cyber Range, before starting his own company, Cyber By Design, and focusing on helping companies address their strategic cybersecurity issues. 

Joe earned a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a M.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer