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N.C. Selects Chief Risk Officer to Lead Cybersecurity Effort

The 25-year cybersecurity expert, currently the security leader for the state elections board, plans to strengthen the IT department's cyber maturity via deeper collaboration with local, state and federal partners.

North Carolina State Capitol Building
The North Carolina State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As North Carolina continues to expand its IT strategy, build critical digital infrastructure and promote cybersecurity education and workforce development, the state has announced its choice for the next top cybersecurity officer.

The N.C. Department of Information Technology confirmed Wednesday through a press release that Torry Crass, a cybersecurity expert with 25 years of experience, will become the state’s newest chief risk officer.

Using his experience as a subject matter expert in infrastructure, operations and security, Crass will focus on increasing the cyber maturity of the state and strengthening NCDIT’s approach to cybersecurity by refining and deepening current collaborations with local, state and federal partners.

In his previous role, Crass served as chief information security officer for the North Carolina State Board of Elections since July 2019. While there, he spearheaded the system integration of the Board of Elections’ security road map and provided operational guidance for its security program focused on reducing risk. He also acted as a communicative liaison between the board, NCDIT, N.C. National Guard, the Department of Public Safety, the FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Crass has more than 20 years of experience in private-sector IT as well, including as CISO for LEO Cyber Security and interim CISO for SPX Corporation during his career.

He will be replacing Rob Main, who retired in December 2022 after taking the role back in 2021.