Cybersecurity in Government Contracts Symposium

Join the Government Procurement Law Program for a symposium on cybersecurity in government contracts. To better protect sensitive information and national security, the Department of Defense (DOD) is imposing more rigorous cybersecurity requirements on government contractors than ever before as the foundation for being able to do business with DOD as a prime, subcontractor, or supplier in the future. Most notably, the current DOD cybersecurity regulations are expected to be enhanced by additional security controls that go well beyond the security requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) today. DOD’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) regime will introduce a third-party certification process to validate cybersecurity compliance of contractors. These changes will require industry to make greater investments in cybersecurity and could lead to implementation challenges in the months and years to come.

Our colloquium will cover the history of DOD cybersecurity efforts from the past decade with a presentation from Richard Gray, Director, Intellectual Property Cadre, DOD; Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law. The first panel expands the dialogue about the existing DFARS cybersecurity clause found at 252.204-7012 to address the implications of CMMC for contractors and agencies, including a dynamic discussion of how large, small, and commercial contractors are preparing for CMMC.  The second panel will consist of a roundtable of cybersecurity topics such as incident response, cyber-crime, legislative efforts to improve cybersecurity, the risks faced by contractors, and corporate governance. Alice Eldridge, JD '91, will close the program with keynote remarks from her perspective as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for BAE Systems, Inc.


8:30 - 9 am: Registration

9 am: Plenary Session

  • Richard Gray, Intellectual Property Cadre, DOD

10 am: DOD Cybersecurity: From the DFARS Clause to CMMC 


  • Sandeep Kathuria, Leidos


  • Alexander Canizares, Perkins Coie
  • Margaret Magill, Honeywell
  • Sam Singer, Boeing
  • Jon Williams, Partner, PilieroMazza

11 am: Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Roundtable


  • Stacy Hadeka, Hogan Lovells


  • Angeline Chen, DLA Piper
  • Samantha Clark, Covington & Burling
  • Stephen Coren, Unit Chief, Counterintelligence Law Unit 1, National Security and Cyber Law Branch
  • Kristin Grimes, Assistant General Counsel, National Security and Cyber Law Branch

Noon: Keynote and Networking Lunch

  • Alice Eldridge, JD '91, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for BAE Systems, Inc.