A veteran IT professional with nearly 30 years of leadership experience, Rob Main joined the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in June 2023 and presently serves as CISA Region 4’s Cyber Security Coordinator for North Carolina. In that role, he offers cybersecurity assistance to critical infrastructure owners and operators and state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments in North Carolina. Additionally, he introduces organizations to various CISA cybersecurity products and services, along with other public and private resources, and act as liaison to CISA cyber programs. Finally, he provides cyber preparedness assessments and protective resources, strategic messaging, working group support and leadership, partnership in public-private development, and incident coordination and support in times of cyber threat, disruption, and attack.
Prior to his current role, Rob held several positions within the North Carolina state government since 1998, including as the State Chief Risk Officer for the State of North Carolina and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for three other state agencies. In those roles, Rob conducted the business of information technology as a strategic member of executive leadership teams. His operational duties included cyber risk
management, budgeting, procurement, vendor contracts management, staff development, and approval/monitoring of service level agreements. His strategic activities include the development and maintenance of application and project portfolios, design and maintenance of agency strategic plans, and oversight of consolidated service delivery to the business.
Additionally, Rob is an U.S. Air Force veteran, having served more than 25 years both on active duty and with the North Carolina Air National Guard.
Rob earned his associate’s degree in Computer Science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1996, his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Business Administration from Troy University in 1998, his Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University in 2008, and his Certified Government Chief Information Officer certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015.