Oct 19 2021

Dirk Maurer Joins Layer 8 Security as Vice President of Strategic Account Development

MALVERN, PA, October 12, 2021 – Layer 8 Security is proud to announce that Derek J. “Dirk” Maurer, Esq. has joined the team as its Vice President of Strategic Account Development. He was most recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Defense Continuity and Mission Assurance.

At Layer 8 Security he’ll be helping to grow the business in the National Capital Region, connecting the company with the ecosystem of defense contractors to satisfy CMMC, NIST and other compliance requirements, as well as be the lead on several strategic accounts.

“Dirk’s extensive knowledge of that network and his business acumen of security and policy within the government will give Layer 8 Security a decisive edge in meeting current and future requirements for our clients,” said Jeff Lipson, CEO of Layer 8 Security. “I’ve served with Dirk in uniform and am proud to call him a Layer 8 Security teammate and serve with him in business attire.”

At his position in DASD, he was responsible for policy development to ensure the Department can continue to execute its core military functions, especially in the face of emerging asymmetric threats and natural hazards to personnel, installations, networks, and their supporting critical infrastructure. He previously served in other significant national security roles in both the Executive and Legislative branches.

“We’ve seen the need to work with the prime and subcontractors that do business with the Federal Government,” said Kevin Hyde, President at Layer 8 Security. “Dirk is primed to help us navigate those waters because of his extensive network within those communities and his understanding of the legal and legislative landscape.”

In addition to the role at Layer 8 Security, he is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute, a national security think tank affiliated with George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and Of Counsel at MNB Meridian Law, a law firm focused representing those who have served and are continuing to serve.

Prior to that role he served as DASD for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. In this capacity, he developed policy to protect U.S. and Allied forces from attack, and oversaw programs aimed at countering global trafficking in WMD.

Dirk retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after twenty years as a Logistics Officer, then as an Intelligence Officer. He served in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He received a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Virginia Bar.

About Layer 8 Security

Layer 8 Security is a comprehensive cybersecurity services company that is focused on keeping businesses in business. The staff received extensive experience and training from operations serving in the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, DoD, Special Operations, Defense and Private Industries. We served at home and abroad, and many of us still serve our country today in the military Reserve. Now we’re bringing the best of breed practices to the commercial marketplace. Our team has decades of experience servicing complex, multifaceted IT Security needs in warfare, private industry and government.