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Jerry Leishman

Cybersecurity & Compliance | NIST/CMMC/DFARS

Jerry has over 30 years of experience in security, compliance, and IT leadership. He helps commercial and government organizations turn their ideas into top-notch products and solutions by guiding them through different regulatory regimes. Jerry is an expert in risk-based and cost-optimized solutions that cater to businesses of all sizes. He is a trusted advisor for senior management and helps them navigate complex regulatory and contractual risks to meet security and compliance objectives.

Jerry works closely with industry and technology leaders like Microsoft, AWS, Google, Neosystems, Summit 7, and DTC Global to deliver affordable and easy-to-implement solutions. He is also active in the CMMC Industry Standards Council (CISC) and is a founder, Provisional CMMC Assessor, and CMMC Certified Practitioner (CCP).

Jerry is a sought-after national speaker on ITAR, EAR, DFARS, and CMMC-related topics and partners with private/public organizations to increase Defense and Aerospace manufacturers' cybersecurity awareness and maturity. His expertise and experience enable him to provide practical and effective solutions that meet security risk and compliance objectives while ensuring business success.


  • Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business – MBA
  • University of Puget Sound – BS & BA, Math (Double Major/minor)


  • CMMC Provisional Assessor (PA)
  • CMMC Certified Practitioner (CCP)
  • CMMC Registered Practitioner (RP)
  • QTE - Qualified Technology Expert

Board Positions

  • CMMC Accreditation Board Standards Workgroup
  • CMMC Industry Standards Council (CISC)
  • PNW MAC Policy Council
  • Workforce Innovation Working Group
  • Founding Member of the CMMC Consortium

Subject Expertise

  • U.S. Government regulatory security & compliance (ITAR, DFARS, EAR, CMMC, etc.)
  • IT Strategy & Implementation
  • Security & system management
  • Cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS)
  • IT strategy & service management (ITSM)
  • Customer Contact Centers (CRM)