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Cybersecurity Forums

In 2020 the Pacific Northwest was a site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from the pilot program, we launched a monthly check-in to provide relevant information and answer your questions by our cybersecurity expert panel. 

Learn more about the Pilot Program conducted in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness Defense Sector or download the Cybersecurity Grant Full Report. 

The content in the Forums is for management and technical staff members working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and the security of your data in general.   

October 18, 2022 | Cybersecurity Training & Awareness: CMMC Compliance

October Featured Speaker: Michael Downing, inTech, Cybersecurity & Risk Management Team will be speaking about Cybersecurity Training & Awareness: CMMC Compliance Objectives

Additional cybersecurity panel advisors include; Jerry Leishman of CORTAC and Dave Miller of Future Networking (FNI)

September 20, 2022 | CMMC Scoping

September Featured Speaker: Adam Austin, Cybersecurity Lead, Totem Tech will discuss CMMC Scoping

Additional, cybersecurity advisors include; Adam Austin, Cybersecurity Lead, Totem Tech, Rick Rosenberry, USI Insurance Services, inTech

August 23, 2022 | Cyber Blue Program

Our August featured Speaker is Kelley Kiernan, Chief Technology Officer, US Air Force, and US Space Force SBIR/STTR program, AFRL.

Additional cybersecurity and manufacturing expert on the panel include; Dave Henderson, Owner, and President, of CyberStreams, Trillium Engineering and Stack Metallurgical Group.

July 12, 2022, |Ransomware Targeting of U.S. Manufacturing and What To Do About It

It's rough out there in the cybersecurity world but worse for manufacturing! Manufacturing was the #1 target of ransomware in '21 (same in' 22)

In this forum, Tim Chase, MGF-ISAC, Program Director (Manufacturing Information Sharing and Analysis Center) shares insight into why U.S. manufacturing was the #1 target of ransomware in '21 and ' 22. He also shares why the financial payout of a ransomware attack is only a fraction of the total cost of the incident. 

Additional panelists include; Raj Sidhu of InTech Consulting and Dave Miller of Future Networking (FNI)

June 14, 2022 | Cyber Hygiene for Manufacturers

This month our Cybersecurity Forum topic was Cyber Hygiene for Manufacturers and was led by Dave Henderson, Owner, and President, of CyberStreamsDavid's discussion focused on common mistakes companies make with cybersecurity:
1. Focusing on the tech instead of the employee
2. Relying on training instead of the attitude
3. Leaders that don't set the example
4. Not looking at the small stuff and their impact on your business
5. Focusing on prevention and the cost of recovery
6. Missing the competitive advantage

We also heard lessons learned from local manufacturers. Thanks
Rosemary Brester, CEO / President Hobart Machined Products Inc, and Shannon F., Compliance Officer- ITPSO Evergreen Fire and Security for joining us and sharing your insight.

May 3, 2022 | Smart Investments in Cybersecurity: How to Save Money and Get the Right Help

This month we start our forum off with Jerry Leishman of CORTAC,

Follow-up discussions explore topics such as: 

  • Tools, tips, and tricks a business can use to help the financial piece of their cybersecurity journey
  • Prioritization of importance on what happens first
  • Can investments be broken down into less expensive to more expensive based on the company’s needs

Additional panel members included; Tori Hoyt, Black Oak Security and Raj Sidhu of InTech Consulting

April 5, 2022 | Creating a Culture of Compliance

This month we have Jennifer Guerrero, Buchalter Law Firm discussing Cybersecurity Basics for Government Contractors: Cyber Incident reporting. 

Additional panel members include; John Stephens of Luminant Security, A Convergence Networks Company and Raj Sidhu of InTech

March 9, 2022 | What's In Your Contract?

This month we have Howard W Roth from Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker LLP discussing what to look for in your contracts:

Additional panel members include; Rick Rosenberry, Brownrigg Insurance LLCRaj Sidhu of InTech Consulting and Scott Dawson, Core Business Solutions, Inc.

February 3, 2022 | First Steps to Cybersecurity

To kick off our Forums for 2022 the following cybersecurity experts join to discuss the First Steps to Cybersecurity:

Jerry Leishman of CORTACRaj Sidhu of InTech Consulting, and Aliahu "Alli" Bey from Haight Bey & Associates LLC, CEO, Totem Technologies 

November 18, 2021 | CMMC 2.0 What You Need to Know

In our November Forum Edward Vasko, Director, Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity, at Boise State University TechHelp Idaho discusses their cyber programs.

Additional information and questions are answered from the following cybersecurity experts; Dave Miller of Future Networking (FNI)John Stephens and Jonathan Wolff of Luminant SecurityJerry Leishman of CORTAC, and Matt Katzer of KAMIND Cloud Solutions Advisors

October 19, 2021 | Cybersecurity Insurance What You Need to Know

In our October Cybersecurity Forum, Rick Rosenberry, from Brownrigg Insurance shares the Cybersecurity Insurance What You Need to Know.

Additional information and questions are answered from the following cybersecurity experts including; Tom Cornelius, ComplianceForge, Adam Austin, Totem Tech, and Matt Katzer, KAMIND IT

September 14, 2021 | 10 Best Security Practices for Any Company

This month Aliahu "Alli" Bey from Haight Bey & Associates LLC, CEO, Totem Technologies will be sharing the 10 Best Security Practices for Any Company. 

Additional information will be shared from the following cybersecurity experts Raj SidhuTom CorneliusAdam Austin, and David Driggers.

August 19, 2021 | Creating a Culture of Compliance

John Stephens, of Luminant Digital Security, discusses what it takes to create a culture of compliance. Other panel members include: Matt KatzerJohn Christly, and Ace Swerling

July 15, 2021 | Ransomware, Security, and You

Ace Swerling, Director of Security Solutions at CORTAC Group discusses how to deal with cyber challenges such as CMMC compliance as well as how to get your organization safe and secure so you can win more business.


The 2022 Cybersecurity Forums were funded by Impact Washington and presented in partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).

The 2021 Cybersecurity Forums were funded by Impact Washington, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), TechHelp Idaho, and Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. In partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).

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