Walsh University to Host Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Summit

Walsh University is partnering with Rea & Associates, an Ohio-based CPA firm that’s in the National Top 80 CPA firms, along with InfoGPS Networks Inc., an Ohio-based software company to host The Ohio CMMC Summit on Wednesday, September 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Barrette Business and Community Center on campus. 

Walsh is proud to welcome keynote speaker Matthew Travis, Chief Executive Officer of the CMMC-AB, to his first in-person appearance as the CEO of the CMMC-AB.  Travis said there is no more important cyber mission right now than building a trusted, verified and resilient cybersecurity ecosystem within the Defense Industrial Base.  “When we look at where true cyber risk currently resides, the CMMC mission is a critical component of the safety and security of our nation and its citizens,” said Travis.

“Anyone who has plans of working with the U.S. Department of Defense in the years to come must understand their company’s role in protecting national security,” said Chief Development Officer at InfoGPS Networks Inc., and Walsh University DeVille School of Business Advisory Board Member, Mark Dowd.  “Failure to address the CMMC, a benchmark for participating in the supply chain with the DoD, is a direct risk to future revenue.”

Of the 300,000 businesses currently working with the DoD, approximately 45,000 of them are required to achieve a Level 3 Certification.  It is estimated that 80 percent of those 45,000 sub-contractors have 50 or less employees.  An example of one of these sub-contractors might be a metal stamping company in New Philadelphia that manufactures a hinge used for a door/hatch in a submarine. Performing to this raised standard is a heavy lift for many, yet it’s a requirement for continued contracting. 

“These requirements are virtually impossible for small companies to attain without outside help,” said Senior Information Assurance Manager for Rea & Associates Ty Whittenburg.  “This event will deliver updates to the CMMC process, a deep understanding of how to get started, what to expect along the way, and networking opportunities with Ohio-based resources to help these manufacturers save time and money throughout the CMMC journey.”

The CMMC presents a business challenge that will be addressed at the CMMC Summit at Walsh.  A panel of CMMC experts will walk attendees through all aspects of the certification process while detailing why CMMC is an essential component of a business’s long-term success. To register for the CMMC Summit at Walsh University, click here.