Exostar to Moderate Cybersecurity Panel at Aerospace Industries Association Supplier Management Event

SVP Vijay Takanti to Lead Discussion on DoD DFARS Compliance with Executives from Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman

HERNDON, VA, March 6, 2018 – Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions help companies in aerospace and defense (A&D), life sciences, and healthcare collaborate securely with their partners, today announced it will moderate a panel focused on Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity requirements compliance challenges and expectations.  The session will take place at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Spring Supplier Management Council (SMC) meeting.  The event, driven by the theme “Innovation that Works,” will be held March 20-22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.

Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Senior Vice President of Product Development, will lead the conversation with security, compliance, and supply chain executives from Rolls-RoyceBAE SystemsBoeingRaytheon, and Northrop Grumman.  The panelists will describe how their organizations have been affected by the DoD’s Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) clauses for handling Covered Defense Information (CDI).

These DFARS CDI clauses incorporate the 110 security controls defined in Special Publication (SP) 800-171 authored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  The deadline for organizations – and their global, multi-tier supply chains – to address the NIST SP 800-171 cybersecurity requirements passed at the end of 2017.  Panelists will share real-world insights on compliance complexity, resources, enforcement, and impacts on business development, program execution, and customer and supplier relationships.

“With cybercrime damage costs across industries exceeding $3 trillion globally in 2015 and expected to double by 2021, the DoD was prescient in its plan to strengthen its cybersecurity standards,” Takanti said.  “Because approximately 160,000 organizations comprise the DoD’s supply chain, achieving full compliance represents a massive challenge for the Government and its prime contractors.  We look forward to an animated panel discussion and exchange of thoughts and experiences that advance this pressing, business-critical concern.”

AIA’s SMC is a forum that brings together hundreds of supply chain executives to share practical experiences, stay on top of the latest industry trends and innovations, and tackle substantive issues that the impact the A&D supply chain.  In addition to providing these important networking and educational opportunities, the SMC’s mission is to promote the industry and influence the formation of strategy, policy, and regulations.

WHO:              Vijay Takanti, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Exostar &

                        Leading A&D Industry Supply Chain Executives

WHAT:           Panel – DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance: What to Expect from Your


WHEN:           Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:35 – 10:35 AM ET

WHERE:         Aerospace Industries Association’s Spring Supplier Management Council

                        Meeting, Conrad Indianapolis, Vienna Ballroom, Indianapolis, IN