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Professor James Goepel Quoted by Federal Computer Week

Professor James Goepel

July 18, 2019

James Goepel, an expert on cybersecurity and member of the adjunct faculty, discussed cybersecurity regulations that will soon apply to defense contractors in an interview with Federal Computer Week that was published on July 15.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced in June that a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework that will certify contractors’ compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations regarding controlled unclassified information will be phased in during 2020.

Goepel, the CEO and general counsel for Fathom Cyber, a cybersecurity consulting firm, voiced doubts that many defense contractors will be able to meet the deadline for compliance with defense procurement protocols by September 2020.

"I do think that it's going to hurt us in the short term from a product-availability perspective," Goepel said. "The government is going to miss out on stuff, and there are going to be companies that go out of business because of this. But in the end, I think that it may actually be a better thing for country, unfortunately."

Goepel teaches Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity.