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Two Webinars Covering the Latest DFARS/NIST Audit and ITAR Violations/Fines

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UPDATE: RECORDING AVAILABLE.  We're teaming up with Sentar and Trade Collaboration Engine to bring you the first in-depth discussions on two pressing audits, their results, and how they impact your business. You don't want to miss them. 

Webinar Recording Available Here

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Our first webinar is on DFARS/NIST CDI Audit Results of MDA Contractors by GAO. 

For DoD Contractors, the period of "wait and see" for NIST 800-171 compliance is over. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Inspector General has released a series of rather indicting claims within its recent report on several Missile Defense Agency contractors. We hosted two national Security and Compliance experts to discuss the addressed NIST Controls, scathing results, and ramifications coming from the report. Participants garnered key insights from the 30+ page report and the necessary steps to take within the next six months. Also, any updates from the May 16 Defense Industrial Base Cyber Security (DIB CS) Working Group in DC were reviewed. 


FLIR ITAR Violation

Next, we have an in-depth analysis on FLIR's ITAR violations and Insights for the Industry. FLIR was fined a staggering $15M in penalties from the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations.


In this webinar, national ITAR compliance specialist (Matt Henson, TC Engine) and security expert (Scott Edwards, Summit 7) will provide key insights into the FLIR case and how it impacts the Aerospace and Defense industry. Attendees will learn the necessary steps to avoid similar pitfalls relating to policies, procedures, and technical security control measures. This discussion will assist your business in mitigating unauthorized exports and access of technical data. Don’t miss the most thorough breakdown of the case since its release.   

About Shawn Hays

Shawn is a communication and collaboration professional. Prior to Summit 7 Systems, Shawn excelled as a marketing and PR strategist – working within health care and public relations consulting. During his career, he has served as the sole business development manager of a small IT-centric government contracting business and as a publications lead within a large defense and aerospace company. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with undergraduate degrees in Physics and Communications, and Tennessee Tech University's MBA program in 2017. It is this technical know-how and ability to convey various subject matters to, both, technical and non-technical audiences that brought him to Summit 7 Systems. In addition, Shawn is a super user of Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365, and possesses a high degree of ITIL process improvement experience.