Thanks to all who attended the July 2021 CyberRISK virtual conference!  

Information Technology Security experts and leaders from Duke University,  NC Central University and MCNC joined forces in July to host a second CyberRISK Security Conference for minority serving institutions. The conference, held virtually July 13th – 15th, included invited speakers from Davidson and Internet2, and consisted of panel discussions and group activities among the participants.

The North Carolina based virtual conference attracted a diverse group of schools from around the country and hosted participants from Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina and New Mexico.  The format included presentations, group discussions and break out room sessions.  The focus on all sessions was to provide attendees with actionable information. Attendees found high value in the breakout rooms and transparent group discussions, one attendee noted “I enjoyed the breakout sessions. There seemed to be more open/transparent dialogue.”

Topics covered throughout the sessions were quite diverse and culminated in a group activity that led participants through the steps of creating a Cybersecurity Action Plan.  The full agenda can be found below:

July 13: Establishing a Cybersecurity and Risk baseline
Cyber hygiene, risk assessments and threats
CIS Control Framework

July 14: Identity management: fundamentals, federation, and opportunities
Discussion of Current state and challenges, all participants
Securing Existing Architecture
IAM Community Resources

July 15: Developing Formal Program Documentation for Grant Proposals
Putting the Plan into Action and Panel Discussion on Developing a CI Plan
Cybersecurity Action Plan

This workshop is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and is hosted by Duke University in partnership with NC Central University and MCNC. For more information on this project, including templates or results, please contact

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