All federal partners expose agencies to a degree of risk, if security standards are not properly implemented. But federal and defense contractors, which often access or maintain government’s most critical data and IT networks, must be held to comparable standards to the agencies themselves to preserve national security. Cybercriminals and enemy nation states recognize the potential gold mine and are increasingly targeting contractors. This panel will examine how contractors and federal leaders can work together to address third-party risk and how recent security standards placed upon contractors help (or hurt?) the effort.