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Cyber Security 101 - DOD Contractor Compliance: Legal, Technical, and Accounting Perspectives

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Produced on July 10, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course addresses the emerging cyber compliance requirements that are newly common to most federal contractors and subcontractors, especially those that generate, receive, transmit and process government information. The program will focus on Department of Defense cyber requirements embodied in its primary contract clauses and regulations, including applicable NIST standards.

This program provides a multi-stakeholder perspective of this complex and important area of federal contracting bringing together legal, technical and accounting inputs from three seasoned advisors. This approach underscores the importance of collaboration between lead key stakeholders within each company in order to achieve full compliance with the government’s many cyber requirements.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of DOD cyber requirements to better advise and assist clients in achieving cyber compliance
  2. Learn about the more challenging aspects achieving of cyber compliance from a leading information security expert
  3. Gain sensitivity to business cost of developing and implementing cyber security infrastructure and the cost allowability implications under government cost accounting rules
  4. Learn more about what you know and what you do not know about government contracting cyber security
  5. Recognize the importance of having multiple stakeholders within the company involved in the process of developing information security infrastructure 

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Hilary Cairnie

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Hilary S. Cairnie is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Cairnie's practice is diverse and encompasses virtually all manner of government contracting matters, including contract formation, performance, administration; enforcement controversies, investigations and legal proceedings, protests, REAs, claims and claim appeals; prime/sub disputes in federal and state court; APA cases, TROs and injunctions; security clearance controversies and appeals; small business protests and appeals; corporate due diligence in support of mergers, acquisitions and asset purchases; domestic preferences; Bayh-Dole, subject inventions and IP matters; Dodd-Frank conflict minerals and supply chain matters; small business set-aside programs; cost audits and disallowances and incurred cost submissions.

Mr. Cairnie represents clients involved in aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, transportation, construction, software, medical and healthcare, engineering, life sciences, and research and development endeavors, among others. He negotiates and prepares technology licensing agreements involving patents and trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. Mr. Cairnie counsels clients on the unique issues associated with inventions developed under publicly funded procurement contracts and other agreements. He also advises clients on the pros and cons of using proprietary technology in connection with performance of government contracts, grants and cooperative agreements.

Mr. Cairnie is a frequent public speaker on topics and new developments of interest to the government contracting community. He has regularly appeared before various local, regional and national chapters of the trade associations and bar associations.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Cairnie led the Government Contracts Group at BakerHostetler in Washington.


Relevant Experience

  • Advise and represent clients in subcontract negotiations and dispute resolution.
  • Litigate contract claim appeals and other controversies before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal and Fourth Circuits.
  • Obtained favorable rulings in connection with pre-award and post-award protests filed before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) on behalf of large and small businesses.
  • Representing clients working for the Army Corps of Engineers on post- Katrina reconstruction projects throughout the Gulf-region.
  • Advise clients that are working in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Israel, and other Middle Eastern countries on projects with DOD, USAID, State Department, and other agencies.
  • Conduct internal corporate investigations and represent clients in connection with “hotline” reports, as well as criminal, civil, and administrative investigations initiated by federal and state authorities, and the concomitant legal proceedings.
  • Represent nonprofit clients in connection with non-procurement programs and agreements.



  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent



  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Contract Management Association


Heather Engle


Heather Engel is a Partner and Executive Vice President for Risk and Compliance at Sera-Brynn, a globally ranked cyber risk management firm headquartered in Suffolk. Prior to Sera-Brynn, Ms. Engel assisted government agencies and the Department of Defense in and securing advanced information systems and coordinating cyber warfare exercises. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, and numerous industry certifications including Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor, Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and Fully Qualified Navy Validator.

In the past year, she has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences across the country, written articles, and served on cybersecurity panels with Vice President Joe Biden and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. She was a 2015 Inside Business Women in Business Honoree.

About Sera-Brynn:

Sera-Brynn is a global Cyber Risk Management firm dedicated to helping clients secure their computing environments and meet applicable mandatory industry and government compliance requirements.

Ranked number 10 in the Cybersecurity 500 hottest companies in the world and number 1 in Virginia, Sera-Brynn applies a holistic and all-inclusive approach to cyber risk management that includes auditing, advisory services, data breach response, and forensic investigations. Clients include Fortune 1000 companies, hospital networks, retail establishments, government agencies, financial institutions, higher education, national non-profits, and international joint ventures

Learn more about Sera-Brynn at www.sera-brynn.com, or connect @SeraBrynn.


Tom P.

Really good, liked the dynamic between the speakers.

Anne P.

Very helpful

Jason G.

Interesting topic.

Yvenne K.

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT speakers - interesting AND very knowledgeable and experienced! I really appreciated the conversational tone that was set, especially for a topic that is quite dry. It kept my interest. Thank you!

Gerald M.

Eye opening presentation.

Rose L.

Very good!

Erica C.

I would listen to courses by Heather Engle again. Hilary Cairnie is folksy but he does make it easy to remember points he emphasizes.

Allan S.

Nicely done. Great program.

Kathryn A.

thank you

Stefanie L.

I really enjoyed the speakers. They were both very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information in a very concise way.

Elliot F.

Good presentation of a very expansive topic.

Richard G.

Interesting, complex, and timely subject.

Michele S.

Top notch presenters!

Debora M.

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