2019 Annual N.C. Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hosted by the NC Department of Information Technology Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office, this year’s symposium was held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State University on October 10 & 11. The Symposium featured briefings and workshops from NC DIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette and leading industry cyber partners including N.C. National Guard, IBM, CrowdStrike, Tenable Nessus, Tanium, BitSight, VMWare and GRIMM Cyber.

Interactive workshops hosted by NC DIT and leading industry cyber partners included Disaster Recovery Business Continuity; Business Continuity Plan Development; Managing Vendor Risk; Cyberthreat Hunting; Capture the Flag; Incident Response Plan Development; and State Cybersecurity Requirements & Considerations for IT Procurement.

Key points brought up during the symposium include:

  • This year’s overarching message: Own it. Secure it. Protect it.
  • We must continually strive to promote a culture of security awareness.
  • The human element is the weakest link in any computing system.
  • Ninety-two percent of malware infecting network computer systems is introduced by email.
  • Cybercrimes make up about 50% of all crimes in the United Kingdom.
  • Organized crime and nation-states are the greatest threats, not a teenager in a basement.
  • The “silver bullet” of cybersecurity is people and effective information sharing.


Click here to view copies of the symposium presentations.