CMMC and the Cyber Future of America's Defense Industrial Base

July 4, 2021 Caleb Barlow

Earlier this month, the American nuclear weapons contractor Sol Oriens revealed that it had suffered a cyberattack, allegedly at the hands of the REvil ransomware gang. REvil claims to be auctioning the firm’s stolen data. This attack prompted Chris Grove, technology evangelist with Nozomi Networks, to remark, “A small, veteran owned company, most likely bound by multiple NIST Standards, working on nuclear weapons secrets, is probably one of the more secure manufacturers out there. And yet, we see the same story repeat itself – when the ‘Big Game Hunter’ cybercriminals target an organization, they are likely to get in.”

In this Interview, Caleb Barlow, CEO of Redspin a division of CynergisTek discusses CMMC and major defense contractors future with cyber security.

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About the Author

Caleb Barlow

Caleb Barlow is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CynergisTek, a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on the healthcare IT industry Prior to joining CynergisTek, Caleb led the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence organization. In 2016, he built X-Force Command which is part of a $200M investment in a global incident response services, updated watch floors, the industry’s first immersive cyber range, and an incident command system for responding to major cyber incidents. In 2018, Caleb invented the Cyber Tactical Operations Center which is a first-of-its-kind training, simulation, and security operations center on wheels. Caleb has a broad background having led technical teams in product development, product management, strategy, marketing, and cloud service delivery. He has also led the integration efforts of on multiple IBM acquisitions. Caleb is a sought after speaker on the subject of security. He has appeared on TED stage, TODAY, and regularly appears on national news broadcasts. Caleb’s views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, and dozens of other publications. He testified before U.S. Congress and the United Nations by invitation of the President of the U.N. General Assembly. External to IBM, Caleb has been in leadership roles at two successful startups, including Syncra Systems, which is now part of Oracle, and Ascendant Technology, which was acquired by Avent. Caleb also holds multiple patents in the field of Unified Communication.

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