On November 2, 2018, Montreat College’s Center for Cybersecurity Education and Leadership will host RETR3AT, a conference designed to engage, educate, and raise awareness about cybersecurity in Western North Carolina and beyond. dmarcian is a proud to be a sponsor of the event, and dmarcian’s Ed Carroll (General Manager Americas) is a Montreat alumni. He shares his thoughts on Montreat, the conference and the cybersecurity space in WNC.
What was your experience at Montreat like?
EC: I graduated from Montreat with a Bachelor of Science Management. I transferred from a larger state school, and I appreciated what an intimate environment Montreat was – you really got to know your professors and leadership. What stood out for me the most is their focus on ethics and morals. Plus the setting is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the fall as it is nestled in the mountains and has a beautiful lake at the center of the campus.
When friends ask me if they think Montreat would be a good fit for their kids, I absolutely recommend it. It is a place that will foster your children and will set them up for success.
Why is dmarcian a sponsor of RETR3AT?
EC: It is a great event that brings together leaders in cybersecurity at a beautiful time of year. With dmarcian being located in WNC, we are proud to be a part of such an important regional event and it is part of our mission to raise awareness of cybersecurity.
The conference is going strong into its 4th year and it continues to foster relationships with leaders in this space and gives us the opportunity to make new friends as well, which is always a great thing!
What are your hopes for WNC becoming more developed as a tech sector?
EC: Montreat currently has close to a hundred students studying cybersecurity. They are not only being trained technically, but they are getting a strong foundation in ethics and morality. I think there is a tremendous opportunity to focus on ways to encourage graduates to remain in the area, and form a talent pool.
Ed Carroll is dmarcian’s General Manager for the America’s business unit, and is on the Alumni Leadership Council at Montreat College. He has 15 years in the cybersecurity space, having worked with Good Technology, Airwatch, Opower, BitGlass, among others.
Ed currently resides in Weaverville NC with his wife, two children and one goldendoodle.
More information about Montreat College’s RETR3AT conference can be found here.