Event: A National Listening Session
Date: July 14, 2020 | 1 – 2pm
The National Conversation Series provided information for organizations to prepare for the upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard directly from CMMC leaders. The National Listening Session is a town hall that will provide you the ability to advocate your experiences, challenges and provide your input into the process. This is an opportunity for small to medium size organizations and manufacturers to lead and engage with CMMC leaders. This webinar is designed to be a fully engaging event in which attendees will submit questions to be answered by one of the many distinguished panelists that are at the forefront of the CMMC standard.
Akin Akinbosoye is Director of Cybersecurity at MxD with more than 20 years of experience across Healthcare, Services and Financial Services in operations, risk management and Cybersecurity. Most recently with responsibility for Cybersecurity across Allstate Financial Businesses as the Business Information Security Officer reporting through the CISO's organization with dotted-line accountability to the CIOs and Business area leadership for these companies. Prior to Allstate, Akin was a Senior Large Bank IT/Cyber Risk Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago with oversight responsibilities for Large/Complex Financial Services Institutions across the Federal Reserve System.
Akin holds a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies from Northwestern University, Masters in MIS and Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University; and a Bachelor in Economics. In addition to industry recognized certificates in the fields of Security, Audit and Risk Management.
As a Program Manager at the Economic Growth Institute (EGI) at the University of Michigan, Ashlee Breitner engages with organizations to support them in strategizing, stabilizing, and growing. Ashlee manages a variety of programs and business development activity at the Institute including the Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program. She is passionate about becoming a trusted advisor to organizations by develop an intricate understanding of the organization's current state and working with them to identify and execute customized support to meet their needs.
Prior to working at the Institute, Ashlee managed global business operations for a variety of product and systems certification programs in the public health and safety sector. She worked with thousands of customers across the globe to diversify their business through certification services while developing new corporate service offerings to protect and improve public health through testing, inspection and certification.
Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Katherine "Katie" Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD (A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.
As the cyber-lead and programmatic analytic advisor for strategic cyber-programs, Arrington is responsible for conducting analysis within the major defense acquisition program portfolio and across the Department of Defense. This cross-functional analysis will ensure transparency within the acquisition strategy, interoperability between enterprise networks and compliance strategies for cyber-initiatives.
Shannon Jackson, Director, DoD OSBP, leads a network of 700 full-and part-time Small Business Professionals across the Department of Defense (DoD). He ensures they leverage DoD's small business industrial base to contribute to military readiness, introduce innovation to build a more lethal force and provide timely and cost-effective products and services. The work of DoD's Small Business Professional workforce annually results in more than $50 billion in prime-contract spending and over $40 billion of subcontract-spending for small businesses.
Mr. Jackson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army,where he served for 23 years. In the military, he was the Deputy Program Manager for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force; a Foreign Military Sales Acquisition Officer/Program Manager for a Major Weapon Systems, Ammunition and Service for the Government of Iraq; and the Department of the Army System Coordinator (DASC) within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology directly managing the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and the Hellfire Missile System.
Mr. Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in History from Virginia State University, a master's degree in Business Administration fromNichols College,and a master's degree in Procurement and Acquisition from Webster University. He is a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 3 certified Program Manager and a Level 2 Contracting professional.
Mr. Jackson is married to Michelle and they have two children, Paige and Colin.
Michael Kelleher is the executive director of the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), a non-profit organization funded by industry and the State of Maryland that is focused on growing and strengthening Maryland manufacturers. He oversees all aspects of the organization and its array of programs and services that help local manufacturers operate more efficiently, grow profitability and create more jobs and opportunities in Maryland. Under his leadership, MD MEP has served more than 600 manufacturers across the state, generating more than $300 million in economic impact and more than 1,500 jobs. Mr. Kelleher has been a strategic advisor and consultant providing services to businesses, government and non-profit organizations for more than 20 years.
Ben Tchoubineh is a serial entrepreneur and is currently actively involved as a guide and strategist in three organizations that he's founded: Phoenix TS is a leading IT, Management and Cybersecurity professional training organization serving all branches of the DOD, multiple other federal agencies and the private sector. His second enterprise, 30 Bird Media, is a premier publisher of educational content focusing on Cybersecurity and IT, serving training organizations, colleges, and universities worldwide. And finally, CyNtell provides Cybersecurity consulting services to small and medium-sized organizations as well as the DOD and the Federal Government. Ben is also on the board of Cyber-Spa, a software company focused on improving overall laptop performance.
Ben was born in the Middle East, then lived in France and Germany, before he emigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen and subsequently became a US citizen. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park and holds dozens of industry certifications in Web and Application Development, Systems Administration, Database Management and Cybersecurity.
Since graduating UMD in the early 1990s, Ben worked as a programmer, and then as a consultant and technical training instructor for multiple US military agencies and private organizations worldwide. He has authored technical courses on numerous aspects of systems security, as well as DOD certification on and accreditation processes, including DITSCAP, DIACAP and now their successor, Risk Management Framework (RMF). He incorporated his first business in 1998 and since then has developed a love of leadership and ethical organizational development focusing on team motivation, collaboration, and productivity.
Ben is fluent in English, French and Farsi and can get by in Spanish. In his spare time, Ben dabbles in painting and screenwriting. He lives with his wife of 23 years, Firoozeh, and his son and daughter in Columbia, MD.