February 20, 2020

1:00 pm / 2:00 pm

Feb. 20, 2020 Carolina World Trade Association Luncheon  Register Now!
Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Dressler’s Midtown
1100 Metropolitan Ave #125
Charlotte, NC 28204

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Join us at our favorite lunch spot,
Dressler’s Midtown
Thursday, Feb. 20th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM
for networking, a delicious lunch
and a forward-thinking discussion on
How to Protect Your Business
with Mike Holland of Fortalice Solutions
and Jon Hightower of GreerWalker
Has this happened to you? If it hasn’t yet, it probably has to someone you know!
We would be pleased to have you join us on February 20th for an enlightening discussion on cybersecurity threats and how to protect your business!
Soon after the United States conducted operations in Iraq that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander, Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khemanei, was quoted as saying Iran will take “forceful revenge” against the United States. It was widely expected that Iran would join the ranks of Russia, China, and North Korea with active cybersecurity ventures to disrupt American businesses and their interests around the globe.
Iran had experienced cybersecurity attacks from the United States, most notably, the Stuxnet was launched in 2010 to damage or degrade the Iran nuclear energy capabilities. Ever since that destructive attack by the United States, it has been expected that Iran would engage similar attacks against the US at an appropriate time that might be triggered by U.S. actions against Iran. There is ample evidence that Iran units have conducted cyber surveillance activities of U.S. infrastructure including energy, transportation, water and banking.

So much so, that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory of Iran Cyber Activities early in January 2020. Given the nature of digital networks, cyber activities are truly international and an increasingly important consideration in both international commerce as well as day-to-day business activities.

Ransomware continues to dominate cyber concerns for 2020. In 2019 alone:
  • Two-thirds of ransomware attacks targeted state and local governments.
  • 55% of SMBs from the US would pay hackers to recover their stolen data in ransomware attacks.
  • Over 500 US schools were affected by ransomware attacks in 2019.
  • Almost 70 US government organizations were infected with ransomware since January 2019.
  • A total of 140 US local governments, police stations, and hospitals have been infected with ransomware.
  • In the third quarter of 2019, the average ransomware payout increased to $41,000.

CWTA has invited two cybersecurity experts, Mike Holland of Fortalice and Jon Hightower of GreerWalker, to brief member companies on how you can prepare, protect and defend your businesses in the event of cybersecurity threats and to present specific remarks that will work to guide you and your companies away from these attacks.

Mike Holland
Executive Vice President
Fortalice Solutions
Mike Holland
Mike Holland is a strategic business development executive with an earned record of professional success in international business development, clientele management, and employee training and education. As Executive Vice President of Client Relations for Fortalice Solutions, Holland is responsible for all private sector client partnerships. He ensures client satisfaction for all cyber-related work; and serves as liaison between the technical team and client business risk owners, including boards and C-suite executives.
An ambitious and savvy entrepreneur, Holland founded the Blue Line Group, a company which specializes in business development and sales consulting. At Blue Line, he served as president and assembled an impressive clientele which included a European software company, an energy conservation firm, and an Asian original design manufacturer. Holland has driven multiple sales channels to exceed quota, led supply chain teams, and taken ownership of vendor relationships, showing himself to be a vastly capable and versatile leader. His incredible work ethic caught the attention of The Charlotte Business Journal and earned him the 40 Under 40 Award (2006), which recognizes top business leaders in the Charlotte area.
Holland has served in the position of Vice President for multiple companies, including Ubee Airwalk (VP of Business Development for Europe and the Americas) and Mobinnova (VP of Business Development) where he oversaw the development of beneficial business relationships, engineered successful planning and execution of sales strategy to increase company growth and provided leadership and direction. In his position as Area Vice President of Sales and Operations for AT&T Wireless, Holland owned P&L in excess of $275M and earned three Circle of Excellence Awards, a peer-to-peer award given to the top 2% of the company’s 35,000+ employees.

Mike Holland is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance degrees. He also completed the Southwestern Bell Communications Leadership Development Program, and holds a certificate from the Center for Creative Leadership in “Developing the Strategic Leader.”

Jon D. Hightower
Director IT Risk and Assurance
GreerWalker CPAs & Advisors
John Hightower

Jon joined GreerWalker LLP in 2018 as Director and is the firm’s knowledge leader in IT Risk and Assurance. 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 and Assurance Services to companies ranging in sizes from small to mid-market, to companies in the Fortune 500.

Jon focuses on providing practical, high value solutions that achieve the goals of reducing risk for his clients. Jon’s extensive experience in multiple industries, as well as his technical understanding of risk has provided him with invaluable insights in navigating the complex world of Cloud, IoT, Cybersecurity, Data Security, and Privacy.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Payment Card Industry (PCI)
  • The Open Group
  • Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) Group
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
This should be a very informative discussion!
I hope to see you there.
Royallen Wiley, Chapter President
Mailing Address:
Carolina World Trade Association
9221 Holly Hill Farm Road
Charlotte, NC 28277-9302