The DoD (Department of Defense) has scheduled the release of the updated CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Module Certification) regulation and the start of formal CMMC certification requirements in DoD contracts for 2023. Any manufacturer engaged in DoD contracts or seeking to obtain DoD contracts must comply with these regulations. In order to assist Delaware manufactures to become aware of the regulations and new changes to the regulation, DEMEP is co- sponsoring a series of webinars designed to familiarize manufacturers with the CMMC regulations. These sessions will provide you timely information how CMMC will impact your businesses and how you can prepare.

Below is a full description of each webinar and a link for registration.

How to Finance Your Next Project for Manufacturers

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Time: Noon to 1:00 PM EST

Are you planning to expand your manufacturing operations? Do you plan to improve your manufacturing process? Could you grow your manufacturing operations, if you had access to capital? DEMEP offers a lunch and learn webinar to explore banking solutions for manufacturers. The webinar is designed to answer basic questions about financing options to purchasing capital equipment, ERP systems, automation/robotic systems, and certifications (ISO, Cyber Security, CGMP, GLP, etc.).

Marty Carilno
Vice President
SBA Relationship Manager
Fulton Bank

Marlow Hicks, PE

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How to Keep CMMC Affordable

September 21, 2023

Time: 2-3PM EST

For most small businesses, CMMC can become a significant cost in time and money. While it might be considered a cost of doing business with the DoD or prime defense contractors, the ROI can quickly dwindle unless the most affordable options are investigated. This includes various technology alternatives as well as the most efficient processes. In this webinar, we’ll be discussing the costs associated with CMMC certification and where the biggest savings can be found. This will include:

  • The importance of an accurate self-assessment to reveal true gaps
  • The impacts of workflows and scope
  • The choices between upgrading your existing network vs. utilizing a separate enclave to control CUI. 4. What to handle with internal resources and when to use external 3rd-parties
  • How to design your CMMC program for efficiency and cost over the long term

Please join us as we discuss practical ways to save money on your CMMC certification investment.

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CMMC With No IT Staff

October 19, 2023

Time: 2-3PM EST

One thing is very apparent with CMMC, it is very technical and will require a high degree of technical skill to do it properly. But, many small businesses don’t have a dedicated IT staff, or their IT team has no hands-on experience with meeting technical standards. How can a business with limited or no IT staff achieve CMMC certification? In this session, our team will explain the technical resources and skills needed to prepare for a CMMC certification. We’ll address:

  • Which CMMC requirements involve technology and which are organizational processes?
  • What technical decisions will companies face when preparing for CMMC?
  • In what cases can an external IT expert be helpful?
  • Can CMMC certification be achieved without an IT staff on the payroll?
  • What are the pros and cons of hiring your own IT staff?

Join this informative session as we discuss the “IT skills-gap” common to so many small businesses.

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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training

7 Contact Days:
November 1,2,15 & 16 and December 6, 8 & 12, 2023

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cost $2,250
All classes will be held at the Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton Campus.

This seven-day workshop prepares participants to guide a team through the process of identifying and solving a problem as well as implementing and sustaining the solution. The project strategy is built around the five phases of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) and introduces key lean six sigma tools as the project unfolds. This is a team-based approach designed to ensure that problems are clearly defined, root causes are identified and solutions are permanently installed.

Course Deliverables:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma process improvement
  • Apply the basic D – M – A – I – C improvement methodology
  • Learn to identify and reduce waste and defects in daily work
  • Recognize how to choose and apply the most frequently used tools
  • Develop and progress a personal improvement project during the course
  • Acquire project leadership and change management skills for improved team and stakeholder management

At the end of the training, each trainee or team of trainees will present the progress they have made on their project and review plans to complete the remaining steps. The trainees and instructors will discuss each project to broaden the experience of the class and strengthen the probability of the project’s success.

Who should attend?

  • Those interested in learning a pragmatic approach to improving work processes and outcomes
  • Individuals or teams that are involved in making improvements as part of their daily work
  • Individuals who would like to improve their knowledge and understanding of basic improvement tools
  • No statistical knowledge is required prior to attending the course

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CMMC Assessments – What to Expect

November 16, 2023

Time: 2-3PM EST

To become CMMC Level 2 certified, you’ll need to pass a CMMC assessment by a 3rd-party assessment company called a C3PAO. CMMC assessments are highly detailed and require demonstrable evidence that you meet each of the NIST SP 800-171 controls. In order to be certified, all 320 control objectives must be met. In this session we’ll be pulling back the curtain on a CMMC assessment. We’ll be uncovering important details such as:

  • How is a CMMC assessment conducted and who will need to participate?
  • What objective evidence will the assessor look for?
  • How long will a CMMC assessment take and what will it cost?
  • How should you choose your C3PAO to conduct the assessment?
  • Who will make up the CMMC assessment team?

Join us as we peek into the details of a CMMC assessment to help you be well prepared.

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