Summit 7 Wins 2020 Microsoft US Partner Award for Security and Compliance

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    Huntsville, AL, July 16, 2020 – 

    Summit 7 Systems (Summit 7), a national provider of Cybersecurity and Compliance Solutions for the Aerospace and Defense industry, has been recognized by Microsoft as the 2020 MSUS Partner Award Winner for Modern Workplace – Security and Compliance. The Security and Compliance MSUS Partner Award recognizes the partner who excels in providing customers with end-to-end security solutions based on Microsoft security and compliance capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure.

    “We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our extensive work with the Microsoft Government Cloud platforms over the last four years to address the critical cybersecurity issues facing the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) supply chain,” commented Scott Edwards, Summit 7 Co-Founder and President. “Security and compliance are key focus areas for Microsoft, especially given the rise of federal regulations impacting many US businesses of all sizes.”

    Summit 7 was selected from a competitive pool of Microsoft Partners for its solutions and services focused on the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 7012 and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). These cybersecurity regulations impact all organizations working for the Department of Defense (DoD) and require mandatory third-party audits on information systems and cybersecurity best practices.

    Summit 7 developed its CMMC Compliance Solutions portfolio by mapping the security practices and regulatory controls to the Microsoft 365 GCC High and Azure Government sovereign cloud platforms, leveraging heavily the E3 / E5 Suite, the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise. The CMMC portfolio expansion has driven growth for Summit 7 to become a leading vendor for Microsoft’s Office 365 GCC High platform as part of the Agreement for Online Services-Government (AOS-G) licensing program.

    Ben Curry, Co-Founder and Principal Architect at Summit 7, added “Our focus since we began over 10 years ago has always been on data protection and corporate governance. In the past it might have been intellectual property in a SharePoint environment, but now it includes the flow of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) on mobile devices and through modern collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams.”


    Microsoft Inspire

    On July 22nd the MSUS Partner Award winners will be featured during the Microsoft Inspire MSUS general session led by Dave Willis, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner.

    About Summit 7 Systems 

    Summit 7 Systems is a national leader in cybersecurity and compliance for the Aerospace and Defense industry and corporate enterprises. Summit 7’s Microsoft Cloud solutions have led the way in meeting compliance regulations for the DIB regarding CMMC, DFARS, NIST 800-171, ITAR, and CUI. Summit 7 Systems is privately held and headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.



     Microsoft US Partner Award - Modern Workplace - Security and Compliance



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    Shawn Hays

    Shawn is a communication and collaboration professional. Prior to Summit 7 Systems, Shawn excelled as a marketing and PR strategist – working within health care and public relations consulting. During his career, he has served as the sole business development manager of a small IT-centric government contracting business and as a publications lead within a large defense and aerospace company. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with undergraduate degrees in Physics and Communications, and Tennessee Tech University's MBA program in 2017. It is this technical know-how and ability to convey various subject matters to, both, technical and non-technical audiences that brought him to Summit 7 Systems. In addition, Shawn is a super user of Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365, and possesses a high degree of ITIL process improvement experience.