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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. 


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.

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  • Presentation
  • 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.

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PART 3: OCTOBER 29, 2020 from 1100-1300:
North Carolina Cybersecurity Workforce Training – Education Virtual Roundtable
  According to Cybersecurity Ventures, “approximately 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will need skilled workers to fill them around the world by the year 2021. North Carolina will be home to many of those vacant positions as the tech industry is poised to grow 10.4 percent over the next four years.”

Several North Carolina higher education institutions already have robust cybersecurity courses and programs that will help position, grow, and provide opportunities for the much needed cyber workforce of the future.  In a special virtual round table, NCMBC is pleased to host some of the North Carolina Higher Education entities that are focused on training and educating the North Carolina Cybersecurity Workforce. 

With an eye toward collaboration and information sharing, representatives from several local Community Colleges will highlight their cyber programs during the first hour.  Immediately following, representatives from North Carolina Universities and Colleges will discuss their cybersecurity programs during the second session.   

Industry, government, and other educational institutions should attend and be willing share their workforce needs and mutual interests during Q&A time which will follow each of the sessions.


Community College Discussion

  • Moderator: Deanne Wesley, PhD, Associate Dean, Davis ITEC/Cybersecurity Center, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Chris Herring, MS, Department Chair, Systems Security and Analysis, Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Debra McCusker, M.S.E.E, Center of Academic Excellence – Cyber Defense, Alamance Technical Community College
  • Nathan McKee, MS, Department Chair: Computer Information Technology and Security CAE-CDE, Designated School – NSA/DHS, Sampson Community College

University System Discussion

  • Moderator: Laurie Williams, PhD, Moderator, North Carolina State University, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Hossein Sarrafzadeh, PhD, Distinguished Professor Director, Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach (CREO), North Carolina A&T State University
  • John A. Bellamy, Executive Director (Interim), Operations Manager, Center for Defense & Homeland Security Office of the Chancellor, Fayetteville State University
  • Jimmie Lenz, PhD, Director FinTech and Cybersecurity, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

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PART 4: NOVEMBER 12, 2020 at 1100: 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.  


  • Darrin Pierce, Cisco Systems Federal
  • Lloyd Granville, Deputy CTO, DoD & Intel Community, Office of Technology and Strategy, NetApp
  • Joel Stein, Director Army Programs, Red Hat
  • Karen M. Davis, Vice President, Research Computing, SSES Technology, RTI International

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PART 5: DECEMBER 10, 2020 at 1100: CISA – Cybersecurity of Nation’s Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Base.  Did you know that there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that the nation has an Agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for working with the industry to help protect them? Do you want to learn more about how to work with and partner with DHS? Are you part of the financial services, health care/public health, defense industrial base, energy, critical manufacturing, food and agriculture, or information technology (including cybersecurity) sector (just to name a few)?  

NCMBC/DEFTECH is honored to host Ms. Boyden Rohner, from the DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) where she is the Associate Director of Vulnerability Management within the Cybersecurity Division. She will cover a wide range of important topics and will take time to answer your questions:

  • Hi-level overview of DHS & cyber responsibilities
  • Threat trends and post-election lessons learned
  • DHS Cybersecurity and infrastructure protection R&D needs
  • Importance of information sharing today and in the future for critical infrastructure providers and government
  • DHS cyber and critical infrastructure public-private partnerships – types and specific opportunities and organizations. (How can North Carolina businesses and academic institutions get involved?)
  • Business and small business cybersecurity and related critical infrastructure opportunities to work with DHS, including R&D needs.

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PART 6: DECEMBER 17, 2020 at 1100 – The North Carolina Military Business Center, in coordination with the North Carolina Interagency Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee, will host Demystifying DFARS and CMMC Cyber Regulations virtual discussion.  Due to demand by the defense industry base in North Carolina, this session intends to assist contractors with understanding and de-conflicting information about the new regulations and requirements. This session will also demonstrate resources available by the North Carolina Interagency Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee. Join this session to learn more about the upcoming “cyber chats” which will start January 2021! 

Who should attend?  Federal and defense contractors (both prime and subcontractors) who are doing work within the defense industry base. 

Topics of Discussion. 

  • How the DFARS Interim Rule affects defense contractors 
  • CUI or FCI? Collaboration is vital
  • DFARS and CMMC timelines
  • Transitioning from DFARS to CMMC
  • Where to start


Post-Event Information. 

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NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 4,050 contracts – minimum value at $15.77 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through August 2021
  • FY2020: Federal agencies awarded $9.5 billion in prime contracts to companies in 97 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2020: Department of Defense awarded $6.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1







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