At the Florida GovCon Summit in Tampa on March 29-30, 2017, we heard from the Cyber360 panel that included:
- Angel Rojas of Datacorps
- M Lisa Shasteen of Shasteen & Percy PA
- Michael Whitcomb of Loricca
- Rick Roman, ARM of Gulf Coast Underwriters
- Michael Ferris of Abacode
- Jonathan Hard of H2L Solutions
We recognized that cyber security is a team sport, and that you need a game plan. In following up with attendees, there’s been a big interest in collaboration – because across the spectrum of “cyber” there are so many specializations. During the session with Mark Swanson, we talked about peer alliances, and there is one forming around the cyber area for the federal contractors I’m working with. Several people have told me that the information presented by the Cyber360 panel made their investment in Florida GovCon pay off immediately, because they were not even aware of the DFARs requirement deadline on December 31, 2016.
To keep the discussion going, we’re planning several meetups in the area, to talk about how companies need to prepare for the DFARS requirement, and also to discuss how companies interested in cyber projects could connect and collaborate. Smaller companies may hear about projects that they don’t have the bandwidth to cover, or they don’t have the specific tools and skills. Larger companies realize that it’s reasonable to team with smaller firms who may be the first connection to the client.
We’ll be announcing more information about this as it develops. The goal is simply to create some informal events surrounding the topic and expand on relationships started at the Florida GovCon Summit. Connect with me, Jenny W Clark, and message me on LinkedIn if you are interested in more information. We plan to have both online and and in-person events, and part of that will be training on how to use LinkedIn to foster community of interest groups, led by Pete Blum and myself.