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Edwards Performance Solutions  

Columbia,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: 3118

Edwards Performance Solutions is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) helping clients improve security, productivity, and profitability with our solutions - Enterprise Management, IT Solutions, Cybersecurity, and Training & Development. Your CMMC partner should be focused on your organizational goals, understand your industry, and be fixed in the ecosystem. As an RPO, C3PAO, LTP, and LPP, Edwards is your trusted advisor for CMMC.

 Press Releases


    As the first CMMC-AB approved CCP training courses roll out, we are thrilled to announce some of the CMMC industry’s best-known experts, Amira Armond, Jacob Horne, Chris Silvers, Tony Buenger, and Sara Deaton are joining the Edwards CCP Instructors as part of our Provisional Instructor (PI) team – delivering you the best CMMC instructor led training available! These industry powerhouses chose to instruct with Edwards to help groom and grow the army of qualified assessors necessary for CMMC to be successful. Amira, Jacob, Chris, Tony, and Sara join Joy Beland and Brian Hubbard of Edwards to bring you dynamic CMMC training, and a wealth of industry knowledge. 

    These instructors bring more than ten decades of combined cybersecurity experience in assessing and interpreting NIST, CIS, HIPAA, and ISO 27001 standards and guidelines. Our expert management and implementation of security programs throughout the government, commercial, and healthcare industries is well respected and far reaching. As both an LTP and LPP, Edwards taps into it’s lengthy training history, with 23+ years of subject matter experts (SMEs) developing curriculum. Our Training team partnered with our Cybersecurity SMEs to bring you CMMC-AB approved courses and training materials – ensuring you receive the best CMMC education available. Being both a government contractor and commercial provider, we are heavily invested in supporting the contractor community to navigate CMMC.

    Haven’t signed up for our CCP class yet? Our seasoned educators are ready to provide your team with the skills to increase your CMMC resume and readiness. Check out our Course Catalog to view our full CCP course offerings, and choose the right dates/instructors for you. We’re all in this together – let’s do it right!



    Amira Armond has 20 years’ experience in operating highly secure military networks with strong and repeatable processes.

    She is a founder of the C3PAO Stakeholder Forum, an industry group which focuses on standardizing assessment procedures and interpretations among C3PAOs. Amira has been an active voice in CMMC through Amira has been an active voice in CMMC through her blog at, a source of free resources and training for CMMC preparation.

    Amira is a CMMC Provisional Assessor, CMMC Provisional Instructor, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Project Management Professional (PMP).Students will appreciate her deep understanding of CMMC practices and processes, scoping and boundaries, proving inheritance, and regulatory requirements for CUI.


    Jacob Horne is the Chief Security Evangelist for Summit 7 Systems where he specializes in helping customers, partners, and the broader defense industrial base understand how security and process can improve business operations.

    As a former NSA intelligence analyst and U.S. Navy cryptologic technician, Jacob has 14+ years of experience in offensive and defensive cybersecurity operations. As a civilian he led cybersecurity compliance and engineering teams at AT&T, Northrop Grumman, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

    Jacob has developed and taught numerous cybersecurity training programs for organizations including the NSA National Cryptologic School, UCLA, and UC Irvine. He has a master’s degree in cybersecurity risk and strategy from the NYU School of Law and is an MBA candidate at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business.

    Students will enjoy Jacob’s depth of knowledge in both the history and building blocks of CMMC and navigation of the model practices and processes.


    Chris Silvers is founder and CEO of CG Silvers Consulting as well as a DEF CON black badge winner.

    His professional history stretches from the Federal Reserve System — where he led building vulnerability management, red team exercises, forensic investigation, and incident response capabilities for 9 years — to top security clearance Department of Defense technical security course instruction for red and blue teams.

    Chris’ passion for education and more than 20 years of experience in information security have landed him on the presenter’s stage at conferences such as Defcon, BsidesAtlanta, NolaCon, DerbyCon, and GrrCon. Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA. Most recently, he has been a C3PAO candidate since September 2020.


    Tony is the Practice Lead for Risk and Compliance at SecureStrux, LLC. He was previously with Redspin and co-lead the effort to become the first Authorized Certified Third Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO). He has approximately 15 years of hands-on experience with NIST in many of these roles, including working as a key member of a team at the Pentagon to convert the United States Air Force from a Department of Defense (DoD) static compliance-based framework to the risk-based NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF).

    Tony received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland via an Air Force ROTC scholarship. In 2007, he retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service and has over 25 years of experience in the information technology and cyber security arenas.

    After retiring from the USAF, Tony fulfilled various roles as an information system security officer, information system security manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) certifying authority, security controls assessor, chief information security officer (CISO), and a cybersecurity consultant.


    Sara Deaton is a CMMC Provisional Instructor and Assessor. Her experience spans 30 plus years’ in the commercial and defense industry.

    She was first introduced to cybersecurity when working as the sole mission assurance engineer on an FMS Weapon System development effort. Since then, Sara has been involved with cybersecurity activities.

    She has a BS degree in Applied Mathematics and a MS degree in Systems Engineering (Operations Research). Sara has extensive experience as an instructor. She owns and operates a small business called Atomic Wombat Inc, that focuses on CMMC, CMMI, Quality Assurance, and Process Improvement, is located in Huntsville, Alabama.


    Joy is a Senior Cybersecurity Consultant/Instructor at Edwards Performance Solutions. She is responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of CMMC-AB approved certification training.

    Joy’s background includes 21 years as an MSP owner and several years in the MSP vendor industry as a cybersecurity consultant and world-wide cybersecurity professional trainer. Her energy and enthusiasm, coupled with in-depth assessment and industry knowledge provides for a dynamic and engaging training experience.


    Brian is the Director of Commercial & Cybersecurity Programs at Edwards Performance Solutions. His extensive cybersecurity background includes serving as the primary author and contractor team lead that supported NIST in the development of the NIST CSF.

    Brian’s wealth of cybersecurity knowledge coupled with his humor and in-depth assessor experience brings an engaging perspective to the classroom.

    *Provisional Instructor Candidates

  • September 24, 2021 — Today we are proud to announce our Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) course curricula has received formal award as CMMC-AB Authorized Training Material (CATM) and we are cleared to begin working with our Licensed Training Providers (LTPs) on filling CCP classrooms!

    Edwards plays a role in nearly every aspect of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) ecosystem — training and education, assessments, and certification. Focused on learning solutions that enhance organizational cybersecurity, Edwards courses are created using our instructional systems design approach based on industry standards – and have been for 22+ years. This expertise coupled with our cybersecurity team’s 10+ decades of experience in assessing and interpreting standards makes for dynamic CMMC training solutions. Our all-star lineup of Provisional Instructors (PIs) includes several of the CMMC Industry’s most respected consultants along with Edwards’ own internal SMEs delivering our action packed boot camps.

    Our first virtual, instructor led CCP course is to be delivered October 18-22 (sold out), with remaining seats in our November 1-5 and November 15-19 classes. Interested in learning from us in person? Join us December 6-10 in Orlando, FL at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. To view our CMMC course offerings and/or register, visit our Training Portal. And, if your are looking for foundational knowledge without the classroom experience, order our CCP Field Guide and Exam Prep Manual from the Edwards’ bookstore to use as your daily go-to reference on all things CMMC!

    To view our formal Press Release, click here.