Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Richard Arnholt and Sylvia Yi will present a training webinar titled, “The Federal Government’s Continuing IT Upgrade – Changes in Cloud Computing & Cybersecurity” for the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Maryland PTAC). The US government, the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, is in the midst of an IT revolution. Much of the government’s data and IT infrastructure is moving to the cloud, creating the opportunity for long-term cost savings, increased interoperability, as well as heightened security. At the same time, the push continues to secure key data held on contractor’s IT systems. While this is a much-needed initiative to protect sensitive data from adversaries, it imposes yet more administrative and compliance burdens on the contracting community.

These changes have had and will continue to have a significant impact on federal contractors. From DoD’s newly-finalized Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification to heightened cybersecurity requirements in procurements by civilian agencies, contractors must ensure they have the necessary measures in place to continue to be compliant and eligible for federal awards. And understanding the government’s vision for the continuing transition to cloud computing helps contractors of all sizes to develop effective business capture strategies for FY2022 and beyond.

The webinar will cover these and other trends in both cloud computing and cybersecurity, including:

  • Does the CMMC apply to my company?
  • What should I do now to secure my company’s IT systems and ensure compliance with government contract requirements?
  • What is the status of the government’s major cloud computing procurements?
  • How will the move to the cloud impact small businesses?

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT. For more information and registration, please visit the Maryland PTAC website.