Q4 Security User Group (SUG)

Friday, November 5, 2021

2:00-4:00 PM EST

IE Training Center
or via Webex


Topic: Navigating new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Compliance Standards

When will CMMC be replacing DFARs? We've been hearing this question a lot lately. For any entity that deals with the Department of Defense (DoD), this could mean big changes in the compliance department for industrial sectors. Why? Because CMMC requires a third-party audit confirmation to maintain compliance standards.  

As more emphasis is placed on protecting economic and national security, compliance audits must raise the bar for cybersecurity standards. 

Do you feel ready for this integration?

Join IE and your peers for a hybrid Security User Group format where we'll discuss:  

  • An overview of CMMC Standards and Guidelines

  • How your peer organizations and other companies are dealing with the DFARs to CMMC integration and trying to meet the merging compliance regulations

  • When you need to be fully prepared for an audit

  • A dissection of the 5 levels of CMMC Maturity 

  • Achieving segmentation requirements with Zero Trust

There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the initial session, so please bring your CMMC-related questions!


The In-person event takes place at the IE Training Center located at our Ballantyne headquarters.

A link for virtual attendees will be sent out via email as the event approaches. 



November 5, 2021


Meet our Panelists

Check back as the event approaches. As we confirm new panelists, we'll add them here!


Jason Smith is the Senior Technology Advisor for Cybersecurity at Internetwork Engineering. He is an author, blogger, and strategic technologist. Jason, in his role, has worked with dozens of organizations to find innovative, cost-effective solutions to complex technology problems. He holds multiple security and compliance certifications and is a trainer for ISACA.

Jason draws on more than twenty years of experience in IT, IT Security, and Compliance to provide a unique insight into challenging business problems. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University (BS, Criminal Justice) and East Carolina University (MS, Technology Systems-Information Security).


Jon is GreerWalker’s knowledge leader for the IT Risk and Assurance Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Jon was the Director of Information Security and Compliance for the largest privately owned retail company in the nation.

In addition, Jon has 9 years experience in Public Accounting where he provided IT Risk services focusing on internal control, fraud detection, risk management, data analytics, and audit automation to companies ranging in sizes from small to mid-market, to companies in the Fortune 500.  

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Anthony Shon Nixon has over 20 years of extensive experience in IT and Information Security, supporting technology companies globally. Shon is currently Vice President of Information Technology at Akoustis Technologies, Inc, an innovator in the RF and Wireless technology industries, leading its IT, Software Development, and Security teams.

Before joining Akoustis in 2021, Shon held the position of Senior Director of Information Technology and Security with HEPACO LLC, an Environmental Services company, serving multiple DoD and governmental tier 1 clients. Shon's focus was to drive enterprise-wide modernization and implement NIST SP 800-171 as the company's security framework in support of business growth. From 2011 to 2018, Shon served as Global IT Director with Midrex Technologies, Inc in the Iron and Steel industry, where he led IT and security for multiple offices in the US and abroad—including India and China.

Shon obtained his BS in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA and MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University. Shon holds the CISSP, CISM, and other certifications and is a ten-year US Navy veteran.


Matthew Lang is currently the CISO for North Carolina State Employees Credit Union (SECU). His vision for every organization is to improve their security posture by implementing the right tools with the right people at the right time. As a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer after 22 years, Matthew continues to motivate and encourages his employees to buy into the corporate vision and standard he expects the department to follow. He believes in mentoring and coaching individuals to push themselves out of their comfort zones so they can perform at higher levels.  

His career has included leadership roles at large and small companies. As an Information Security Leader, his goal is to enable the business, while reducing security risks for the organization, and raising the security posture for the enterprise.  

He and his team consistently deliver cost-effective results using risk-based decisions, while aligning technology initiatives with business goals focusing on information security. Some recent successes he’s had at other organizations include: 

  • A cost saving initiative at a large financial institution that saw a return on investment of 55 (mil) annualized by reducing redundant insecure external data exchanges with a secure data exchange in just 5 months 
  • A security system consolidation effort at a well-known retail chain that saw savings of an annualized 1.5 (mil) in IT spending for their Information Security department with zero negative impact to security readiness or risk.  

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University in addition to the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is the founding member of the CISO Executive Network in Charlotte NC and has recently completed the CISO Academy training with the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. 

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