Please join us in welcoming Brandon Cannaday to the MD MEP team! Brandon is joining us as Cybersecurity Project Manager, and he will be responsible for helping to administrate the Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP), which provides funding and assistance for defense contractors to comply with the DFARS and NIST 800-171 standards for cybersecurity.
A 2016 graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, Brandon has developed his expertise in IT and cybersecurity in various roles across the Capital region. He was most recently an IT specialist for the Network Operations Security Center at the National Institute of Health and National Library of Medicine. And now he is looking forward to applying his knowledge to the manufacturing sector.
“Cybersecurity plays a huge role in protecting our country from attacks from foreign enemies, and manufacturers can be vulnerable if their employees lack the necessary IT security training to protect their systems,” he says. “I’m looking forward to using my experience to assist the state’s efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity capabilities of local manufacturers, and support efforts to grow Maryland’s manufacturing sector overall.”
Raised in Prince George’s County, Brandon is a proud husband and father, and is actively involved in community service and social action. In his free time, he enjoys video games and bike riding throughout the DMV area.
We are thrilled to have Brandon on board, working with Maryland’s defense contractors to enhance their cybersecurity capabilities.