Carolina Cyber Network

Economic Sector

Agriculture

Scott Queen, Blue Ridge Community College

The Agriculture Sector Group (ASG) is focused on increasing awareness among farmers, distributors, and consumers of potential cybersecurity threats to the agricultural sector, increasing cybersecurity training specific to agriculture at CCN member schools, and establishing partnerships with business and industry to identify and address their needs. Scott Queen, the director of the ASG, participated in a panel discussion at the Western NC AgTech and Agribusiness Discovery Event at the WNC Ag Center where he highlighted his work with the Carolina Cyber Network and Agriculture Sector group and emphasized the potential cyber threats to the nation’s food supply.

Government and Military

Scot McCosh, Fayetteville Technical Community College

This sector group is engaging in innovative opportunities for students to gain practical skills to prepare them for cyber security careers in public and private organizations supporting governmental entities and the military. Teams of students are being formed, in a pilot project, to conduct soft cyber assessments for local governments in partnership with the NC Regional Councils of Government (NCCOG). These teams will gain technical skills and build essential life skills as they liaise with leaders, give presentations, and summarize outcomes readying them for the workforce.

Finance

Greg Sayadian, Montreat College

The Finance Sector Group has collected job descriptions for entry and journeyman cyber-related positions in the financial sector and is working to map corporate requirements to task statements and knowledge, skills, and abilities with the goal of mapping classroom work to actual job roles and corresponding tasks. In addition, the group is identifying the primary methods used by financial institutions to recruit cyber talent.

Healthcare

Athena Smith, Catawba Valley Community College

The Healthcare Sector Group is developing a continuing education and workforce development cybersecurity-focused curriculum and healthcare cybersecurity certifications. The course content and an instructor’s guide will be shared with CCN member institutions to be used in the advancement of their cybersecurity programs. The group also plans to create cybersecurity tabletop exercises for industry partners.

Manufacturing

Rodney Cobb, Cleveland Community College

The Manufacturing Sector Group is focused on developing research, education and outreach programs to assist manufacturers with compliance to applicable cybersecurity regulations and transform legacy manufacturing to digital/cyber manufacturing. The group plans to develop compliance training modules and readiness assessment tools for small and medium manufacturers.