VMEC Press Release – Free workshop – Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Contact: Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing & Training Manager
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT  05061
(802) 793-2078 / [email protected]


Free workshop – Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors 


RANDOLPH CENTER, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), along with the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration and the New England MEP National Network Centers, is pleased to announce the first in a series of free half-day trainings on “Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors”.  This first session will take place on Thursday, February 13 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park, Vt.

With current and future Department of Defense (DoD) contracts at stake, compliance is a strategic necessity that contractors can’t ignore without potential consequences.  With third-party certification audits scheduled in 2020, time is running out for manufacturers to reach compliance.  This event will focus on understanding the consequences of noncompliance and how to ultimately achieve compliance.  Through this support, defense contractors will learn exactly what steps to take to ensure the protection of all information as well as the future of their business.

This event is free of charge to all participants with registration required.  Space is limited and manufacturers and defense contractors will be given first preference. Subsequent, complimentary trainings of this type will be offered during the year throughout Vermont and New England.

These trainings will be presented by cybersecurity experts from the Connecticut MEP, CONNSTEP.  In addition to the MEP National Network, the following New England MEP National Network Centers are also supporting the event for defense contractors with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity compliance: MASS MEP, Maine MEP, Polaris MEP, CONNSTEP, New Hampshire MEP and VMEC.  The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) are also supporting this event in Vermont.

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, US 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.

About VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network™ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.”  A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation expertise to non-manufacturing businesses, non-profits, healthcare, higher education and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.