Cybersecurity in Government Contracts – Developments and Practical Steps for Compliance On Demand

Dentons attorneys will present this all new series addressing cybersecurity requirements for federal government contractors. This six-part series, useful to both large and small contractors alike and at both the prime and subcontract level, will provide important guidance for contractors who are seeking to ensure compliance with the government’s rapidly expanding cybersecurity requirements. Contractors will learn about the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to contractors, including key agency-specific regulations; cyber requirements applicable to owners and operators of critical infrastructure, including the defense base; best practices for cyber breach investigation and response; and recent and future cyber developments, including the National Archives and Records Administration’s efforts to establish a government-wide system for identification and protection of controlled unclassified information. The series will be an invaluable resource for contractors who want to ensure compliance with existing cyber obligations while best positioning themselves competitively for future developments in the government contracts industry.

This series will be taught by attorneys from McKenna Long & Aldridge’s legacy government contracts group in tandem with attorneys from Dentons’ global privacy and security group. A schedule of sessions is below.

Sessions and Topics

Each Session is 75 minutes long.

    Session 1: Overview of the Cyber Legal and Regulatory Maze
    Session 2: The FAR Basic Safeguarding Rule
    Session 3: The DoD Network Penetration Clause
    Session 4: Breach Investigation & Response
    Session 5: The NARA Rule / SP 800-171
    Session 6: Information Sharing: CISA and Beyond

Faculty

Phil Seckman

Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters. Mr. Seckman’s practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, compliance and internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state). A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and cost and pricing issues.

Mr. Seckman has significant experience in the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims. Mr. Seckman also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with government contract requirements. When potential non-compliances have been identified, Mr. Seckman has assisted in the internal review and assessment of these issues and has aided clients in the preparation of appropriate disclosures when required. In the recent past, a significant component of his practice has been in support of counseling and litigation on behalf of large stability operations and construction contractors performing in the Middle East war zones. Mr. Seckman frequently writes and lectures regarding commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, business systems, FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and cost accounting issues.

Mike McGuinn

Michael McGuinn’s practice focuses on all aspects of government contracts law including bid protests, procurement fraud and compliance under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. McGuinn was an associate at a large Washington DC firm where he focused on numerous government contracts matters including bid protests, qui tam actions, suspension and debarment proceedings, and government contracts compliance issues. He also represented clients in commercial civil litigation and white collar proceedings in both federal and state courts, and assisted corporate clients with internal investigations.

Mr. McGuinn received his JD cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 where he served as editor of the American Criminal Law Review and the Annual Survey of White Collar Crime. During law school he was also a member of the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic. Mr. McGuinn received his BBA cum laude from the College of William & Mary.

Erin Sheppard

Erin B. Sheppard is a member of the Government Contracts practice group at Dentons. Ms. Sheppard has extensive experience counseling clients on a broad array of contracts matters including: bid protests, performance disputes, claims, terminations, regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, data rights, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses, and internal investigations. She is skilled in drafting and negotiating subcontract, subaward, and teaming agreements on behalf of prime contractors, subcontractors, and federal grant recipients for both defense and civilian contractors.

Ms. Sheppard has litigated a broad range of disputes including contract terminations, requests for equitable adjustment, prime/sub disputes, and cost allowability issues. She regularly represents contractors prosecuting claim appeals before both the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASCBA); prosecutes and defends bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims, and the FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA); and defends size protests before the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals. Ms. Sheppard has deep proficiency representing clients in Alternative Dispute Resolutions before the ASBCA and CBCA. She also has state and local bid protest experience.
As an active member of the Firm’s cross-practice cybersecurity team, Ms. Sheppard counsels clients on breach response, cybersecurity legislative and regulatory developments, and in development of cybersecurity compliance programs. She is an active commentator in this area and was recently named a “Young Gun” in cybersecurity.

Prior to joining MLA, she served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Andrew S. Effron on the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. During law school, she worked for the Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity, she assisted the Asylum and Refugee, National Security, and Adjudications divisions of the Office of the Chief Counsel for US Citizenship and Immigration Services on a range of legal issues.

Continuing Education Credits

CLP

1 credit per session; 8 credits for entire series

CPE (Business Law/Information Technology/Business Management & Organization)

1.5 credit per session; 9 credits for entire series

CLE

1.25 credit per session; 7.5 credits for entire series for AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, HI, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, OR, PA, VA, WI (if you need CLE for a state not listed, call us.)

CEU

0.125 credit per session; 0.75 credits for entire series

PDU

This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU. Upon their approval, it may be worth 1.25 PDU credit per session; 7.5 PDU credits for entire series

Upcoming Seminars

Webinars & Virtual Classess