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(Webinar Recording) DFARS Policy Breakdown and Making Sense of O365 Licensing and Cloud Environments


 Webinar recording available here!

For federal contractors, the most common chasm between POAM and an actual compliant IT ecosystem is licensing and product management. National DFARS/NIST compliance speaker, Scott Edwards, and Microsoft's Brian Levenson provide a DFARS Policy breakdown and help make sense of Microsoft Office 365 licensing and various Cloud environments (plus security tools). Topics and areas covered:

  • Office 365 offerings for US Government, Contractors, and Defense Industry
  • Compliance model
  • Licensing overview
  • Roadmap review
  • Mapping FAR to DFARS - Future FAR regulations
  • Q&A



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Scott Edwards is a national expert and speaker on NIST 800-171, DFARS, and FAR compliance and implementation with Office 365 and Azure. He is an accomplished computer engineer and organizational leader with experience in business, project management, systems engineering, training and security. Scott’s technical experience was honed at NASA as a Senior Computer Engineer and the Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager for the NASA Datacenter.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and his Master of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Information Assurance at James Madison University. Scott proudly served as an Officer in the US Army Signal Corps with both the 2-227th Aviation Battalion in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 1-6 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Fort Bliss, Texas. Currently, Scott is the President and Managing Partner of Summit 7 Systems. 


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Brian Levenson is currently the Microsoft product marketing manager for Office 365 US Government. Brian has managed a university help desk, helped enterprises and governments deploy and use software solutions, and supported early cloud adopters through BPOS, Office 365, and now Microsoft 365. As the Office 365 US Gov technical product specialist within the business group, he is responsible for Microsoft’s secure collaboration and intelligent productivity services designed for US Government, defense industry, aerospace, and government contractors. Brian travels the world talking about enabling a modern workplace and transforming business and government services with technology, and he frequently delivers Office 365 product overviews as one of Microsoft’s top presenters in the Executive Briefing Center.



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