Illinois Defense Network supports three more DFARS cybersecurity compliance workshops

Are you in compliance with new Department of Defense cybersecurity requirements?

If you are – or aim to become – a prime contractor or sub-tier supplier for the Department of Defense, you MUST demonstrate compliance with the DFARS NIST 800-171 cybersecurity guidelines enacted on Dec. 31, 2017. 

Do you understand the impact of non-compliance on your ability to retain existing contracts, or bid on new?  Protection of Controlled Unclassified Information is your responsibility. 

To help you navigate the requirements, IMEC will present three more opportunities to attend DFARS cybersecurity compliance workshops in June in Peoria, Chicago or Rockford. The workshops are funded by a grant from the Illinois Defense Network, of which the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is a part.

By attending, you will learn about the DFARS requirements and compliance deadlines, as well as consequences for non-compliance – including fines, exclusion from preferred vendors lists, and even cancellation of existing contracts. You also will understand how to assess your company's cybersecurity activities and remediation strategies for areas of risk.

Workshops include:

DFARS Cybersecurity for Defense Communities Workshop

June 7 & 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

PeoriaNext Innovation Center, Peoria, IL

DFARS Cybersecurity for Defense Manufacturers Workshop

June 19 & 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

Location TBD, Chicago Metro Area

DFARS Training and Assessment: Cybersecurity and Beyond

June 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 22, 8 a.m. to noon

Hilton Garden Inn, Rockford, IL

Questions? Contact Emily Lee at (309) 677-4633 or

About the Illinois Defense Network

These workshops are made possible through a grant from the Illinois Defense Network, of which the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is a part. The Illinois Defense Network (IDN) brings together stakeholders from industry, government and academia to strengthen Illinois’ defense industry. Powered by the University of Illinois System and the Department of Defense, the IDN represents a coordinated effort to grow the state’s defense economy by providing resources and expertise. Learn more at

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