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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


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Aug 25, 2020

Sharing best practices is one of the main goals of the Made in America podcast and right now CMMC compliance is top of the list for so many of our CT manufacturers in the Department of Defense supply chain.

Today's episode is a spin into the tactical with Sammy De La O, IT Direct's Director of Quality and Compliance. Sammy has an incredible knack for taking very technical information and making it clear, concise, interesting, and even fun!

Even if you're not in that supply chain, cybersecurity is a massive concern for the industry…we have seen companies big and small ravaged by cyber-breaches that could have either been avoided or contained with best practice cybersecurity protocols like those in the CMMC.

As cybersecurity risks continue to grow, a CMMC certification shows employees, customers and potential customers that you are serious about the safety of their personal and industrial information.

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Sammy De La O, IT Direct's Director of Quality and Compliance
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