Mary Thomas, Program Analyst, OUSD(AT&L)/DPAP to Speak at The Knowledge Group's DoD's Cybersecurity Initiative to Safeguard the Defense Industrial Base

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) November 29, 2017 - The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Mary Thomas, Program Analyst, OUSD(AT&L)/DPAP will speak at The Knowledge Groupís webcast entitled: ďDoDís Cybersecurity Initiative to Safeguard the Defense Industrial Base: 2016 Final Rule and DoD Directive LIVE Webcast.Ē This event is scheduled for November 29, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm (ET).

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    About Mary Thomas
    Ms. Mary Thomas currently serves as a program analyst for the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). In this position, Ms. Thomas is responsible for representing DPAP and the DoD contracting community in matters related to cybersecurity. Prior to her assignment with DPAP, Ms. Thomas served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) and as a Project Engineer at the U.S. Army Belvoir Research, Development and Engineering Center. Ms. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University. She is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (now DAU) Program Managerís Course.

    Event Synopsis:
    Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Clause 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting, requires contractors to provide ďadequate securityĒ for covered defense information that is processed, stored, or transmitted on the contractorís internal information system or network. To do so, the clause requires contractors to, at a minimum, implement National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, ďProtecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,Ē not later than December 31, 2017. The clause also requires defense contractors to report to DoD cyber incidents that affect covered defense information or the contractorís ability to provide operationally critical support; to submit malicious software associated with the cyber incident; to facilitate damage assessment processes; and to flow down the clause to subcontractors when the contract performance will involve covered defense information or operationally critical support.

    For more information about the DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, including all related regulations, policy, frequently asked questions, and resources, review the Cybersecurity tab at

    A complementary effort is DoDís Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Program. The DIB CS Program is a voluntary public-private cybersecurity information sharing program in which DoD and DIB CS participants share cyber threat information, identify vulnerabilities, and improve network defense. Both of these activities are part of DoDís multipronged approach (mandatory and voluntary) to safeguarding DoD information on unclassified DIB networks. For more information about the DIB CS Program, see

    In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will discuss the important features of DFARS clause 252.204-7012 and DoDís voluntary DIB Cybersecurity Program.

    Key topics include:
    -DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 Requirements
    -Covered Defense Information
    -Covered Information System
    -Safeguarding Requirements
    -Reporting Obligations
    -Damage Assessment
    -Subcontractor Flowdown
    -Contractor Compliance
    -Relationship to other Cybersecurity Requirements
    -DFARS Clause 252.239-7010
    -NISPOM conforming change 2
    -DoD Instruction 5000.02 (Enclosure 14)(Internal requirements for DoD programs)
    -Voluntary DIB Cybersecurity Program
    -Eligibility Requirements
    -Benefits and Value

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