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North Carolina Cybersecurity Virtual Series

The Offices of Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) will host a series of cybersecurity-related webinars beginning in September and running through December. The purpose of these web conferences is to educate North Carolina entities on how to improve their cybersecurity posture and protect their vital assets from digital enemies. 

Who Should Attend. Any North Carolina company or organization interested in providing goods and services to the US government. 

When.  Varies based on session, see below for specifics. 

Platform. The NCMBC will host these webinars in an online platform.  Information will be provided an hour prior to the training each session.  

Registration.  These are free sessions.  Registration will be available for each under each individual session, as it becomes available. 

Six-Part Schedule.  Registration for Part 1 & 2 is now available. 


PART 1: SEPT 10, 2020 from 1100-1230: Threat Brief – The volume, variety, velocity, and severity of cyber-crime and cyber-attacks against North Carolina businesses and citizens continues to grow.  From identity to intellectual property theft and from ransomware to COVID scams, learn what the threat environment is all about for your enterprise and the Department of Defense as well as how you can obtain more information.  Colonel Jeff Worthington, XVIIIth Airborne Corps will discuss cyber threats from a DoD perspective. Ms. Maria Thompson  Chief Risk Officer for the State of North Carolina will provide insights from a local perspective.  A Q&A session will follow both presentations.

  • Colonel Jeff Worthington, a career Army Communications Officer.He is currently the Special Assistant to the XVIII Airborne Corps Chief of Staff where he is working strategic cyber and information technology initiatives for the Corps. Colonel Worthington has experience providing communications and network support to both Presidents Bush and Obama as well as Joint and Special Operations Forces.  He has deployed numerous times in support of operations in the Middle East and commanded the Army’s Brigade responsible for communications in Europe and Africa.  More recently, Colonel Worthington was the Chief Information Officer for the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.  He also graduated from Texas Christian University and National Defense University.
  • Maria Thompson joined the N.C. Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the State’s first Chief Risk Officer, reporting to the State Chief Information Officer. She is responsible for developing an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security and data protection. She began her career with 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as the cybersecurity chief for the Marine Corps. Her previous roles include serving as the Iraq Theater of Operations Certification Authority. She also served as a senior security engineer for SecureInfo and senior security architect and program manager for Imperatis Corp. in Virginia. She holds a Master of Science in information technology from the University of Maryland, University College – Adelphi.

Post-Session Information: 

  • Presentation
  • Video recording (not yet approved for posting)
  • Presenter contact information 

PART 2: SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 from 1100-1230:  Cybersecurity Business Needs – What key questions should business leaders ask to help protect themselves in cyberspace and what processes and controls should be implemented? Big or small, if you are a North Carolina business that connects to the Internet, then you have some need to protect yourself from cyber-crimes and cyber-attacks.  Increasingly, “C Suite” leaders recognize cybersecurity decisions and capabilities they put in place to protect their enterprise effect the bottom line. At the same time, these decisions must be made in a risk-managed approach. While some level of cyber hygiene is needed by all, a cybersecurity professional from a Raleigh-based Fortune 300 company will discuss the key components of their multilayered cybersecurity plan, risk, reward and perspectives that will be common sense and resonate with local businesses. 


  • Deb Crawford, Senior Manager, Information Security Operations for a Fortune-300 Company has more than 25 years’ experience  managing cyber-related dynamic operations, large projects, policy development and people. Currently she is the Chief, Cybersecurity operations for a Fortune-300 Company where she leads and provides proactive security services to detect, analyze, monitor, track and mitigate incidents and threats,  Monitoring, Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, and Hunting functions. She also provides continuous metrics and performance indicators to the company leadership team to highlight the effectiveness of their cybersecurity program. As a retired National Security Agency (NSA) executive and Army officer, she created the first Cyber National Mission Forces and served as the senior Information Assurance and Cybersecurity advisor to United States Forces-Afghanistan.


PART 3: OCTOBER 29, 2020: North Carolina Cybersecurity Workforce Training – Education  Virtual Roundtable – This session will be composed of two back-to-back one hour blocks.  During the first block, representatives from each of the North Carolina Community Colleges and CyberVetsUSA (TBA) will speak for five minutes to discuss their cybersecurity program.  The remaining time will be a moderated question and answer session.  During the second block, representatives from each of North Carolina Universities and Colleges will speak for five minutes to discuss their cybersecurity program followed by a moderated question and answer period.  All representatives are welcome to remain on the call for the entire two hours or may just participate in their own session.  To facilitate and standardize useful information, NCMBC will provide a template for each presenter to use.


PART 4: NOVEMBER 12, 2020: North Carolina Commercial Cybersecurity Product Providers  – North Carolina boasts several nationally and internationally known companies that are part of the cybersecurity ecosystem.  Attend this panel discussion to learn more about what each company does, its research and work force needs and its product and service offerings that enhance cybersecurity for our region and the nation.  Speakers TBA


PART 5: DECEMBER 10, 2020: DoD small business cyber partnership opportunities.  According to the President’s budget request, DoD may spend $9.6 billion in funding for cyber defense and operations (requested in the president’s 2020 budget proposal). “The bulk of that funding would go toward cybersecurity, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Kenneth Rapuano, who serves as the principal cyber adviser, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities…That’s both hardware and software. We have to reduce the risk to DOD information systems.”  Attend this virtual seminar to learn more about opportunities for small businesses in North Carolina to participate in providing cybersecurity goods and services to meet DoD needs. Hear a North Carolina cybersecurity small business success story (speaker TBA)


PART 6: JANUARY 14, 2021:  CMMC Compliance – North Carolina businesses are a key partner in providing military goods and services to the Department of Defense (DOD).  For example, in 2019, DOD awarded about $530 billion in contracts to North Carolina (source:  Cybersecurity and supply chain management are increasingly important to maintain our Nation’s security and DOD is in the process of implementing new procedures to properly secure the Defense Industrial Base.  Now is the time to prepare for DOD’s cybersecurity assessment model and certification program that will soon be required for companies that want to do business with DOD.  While this will become mandatory for defense companies, many components of this new program, called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), will offer some basic approaches that most businesses should take to protect themselves.  Guest speaker from DOD will offer remarks about why DoD is taking this path and some of the DOD’s requirements for building this program. Then, Laura Rogers, from the North Carolina Military Business Center will share some initial thoughts on basic and common sense best practices that will help everyone enhance cybersecurity, as well as opportunities for North Carolina educational companies and institutions get involved in developing training and education for DOD. 


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NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 3,506 contracts – minimum value at $14.24 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through August 2020
  • FY2019: Federal agencies awarded $7.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 98 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2019: Department of Defense awarded $4.6 billion in prime contracts to companies in 80 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1







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