Cloud Computing Under DFARS-7012: Resolving a Common Obstacle on the Path to CMMC

  • NERDIC Webinar - Cloud Computing under DFARS Cybersecurity
    September 29, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm


The same features that make Cloud computing so attractive to manufacturers looking to grow — quicker, easier access to information — can make the same companies vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. A Cloud computing system could even put your contracts with the Department of Defense supply chain at risk.

Jeff Williams is a Program Manager for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the official representative of the MEP National Network™ in Michigan.

Williams is a national leader in the effort to educate and equip small and medium-sized manufacturers to guard against the growing threat of cyber-attacks. In this virtual seminar, he’ll help New England manufacturers and their managed IT services partner deal with a common obstacle to compliance with DFARS cybersecurity clause 252.204-7012: Cloud Computing.


  1. Understand how DFARS cybersecurity clause 252.204-7012 requirements may impact the selection of Cloud computing services.
  2. Discover how Cloud computing may change your path towards compliance and cyber resilience (and ultimately your progress towards Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC).
  3. Identify what you should require of your cloud services to protect your contracts in the Department of Defense supply chain



  • Managed Services Providers, IT Consultants to manufacturers in the Department of Defense Supply Chain
  • Owners, IT Leads, Systems Administrators at manufacturing and other businesses in the DoD Supply Chain (Primes, Subcontractors to a prime, etc.)


About the Presenters

This event is hosted by Polaris MEP and will be presented by Jeff Williams, Cybersecurity Program Manager for Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and Jean Lehman, NIST Standards Project Manager for Polaris MEP.

JEFF WILLIAMS leads The Center’s cybersecurity team, leading efforts to educate and equip small and medium-sized manufacturers to guard against the growing threat of cyber-attacks. One of his main areas of focus relates to the cybersecurity requirements outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-171, designed to protect the information security systems of contractors working with the Department of Defense. In addition to serving Michigan’s manufacturing community, Jeff also is involved with training other Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across the U.S. This effort will enable those centers to provide cybersecurity services to manufacturers in their states.

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in implementing and supporting network systems including servers, workstations and infrastructure components. He has worked at The Center twice before as both Senior Applications Designer and IS Director, gaining experience with various software systems handling estimation, implementation, development and project management. Jeff specializes in administrating and developing database systems, as well as schema development, data management and security.

Jean Lehman, Polaris MEP CybersecurityJEAN LEHMAN is a Cybersecurity professional specializing in helping small business clients understand paths to cyber resiliency and compliance. She translates from requirements and standards to client’s unique environment and business processes. Jean specializes in navigating DoD DFARS and NIST cybersecurity for defense contractors and subcontractors throughout the tiers of the supply chain.


A New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration Workshop

About the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration (NERDIC): NERDIC is a partnership of the state economic development organizations of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, working to support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that provide parts, assemblies, to Tier One providers working with the U.S. Department of Defense. NERDIC has financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, U.S. Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the New England Collaborative and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the participating states.


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