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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

As an important part of meeting its mission, Merit Network provides a regular program of learning opportunities. All upcoming events are listed below by category or in monthly or yearly calendar view.

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July 13-17, 2015
Live Online
The student will describe the major networking technologies, systems, skills, and tools in use in modern networks. Taking this course will help the student prepare for the N10-006 exam and certification.

Register for CompTIA Network+ Certification


July 14, 2015
Live Online
As the level of potential cyber attacks and the number of data breaches suffered by organizations around the world increase almost daily, it's imperative that your organization have an effective cybersecurity program in place. One of the key factors in protecting yourself from data breaches is understanding what they are. Webinar happens from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT.

Register for Webinar: Lost and Found: The New Landscape of Data Breaches


July 17, 2015
Merit is pleased to sponsor the Michigan Information Technology Executive Forum, a community of practice for IT executives. Attend the summer meeting of the MITE Forum at Wayne State University on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register for MITE Forum Meeting

July 20-23, 2015
Live Online
This course is designed to help Incident Handlers, System Administrators, and any General Security Engineers understand how to plan, create and utilize their systems in order to prevent, detect and respond to attacks. In this in depth training, students will learn step-by-step approaches used by hackers globally, the latest attack vectors and how to safeguard against them, Incident Handling procedures (including developing the process from start to finish and establishing your Incident Handling team), strategies for each type of attack, recovering from attacks and much more.

Register for Certified Incident Handling Engineer - C)IHE


July 20, 2015
Ann Arbor
Merit invites you to a special E-rate Lunch and Learn event from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a free lunch while learning about changes to the E-rate program with a focus on two E-rate eligible services: ENA Air Managed Wireless and Merit Voice phone service.

Register for E-rate Lunch and Learn


July 23, 2015
Please join us in Grayling on Thursday, July 23, for a regional meeting that will feature informative presentations on cybersecurity, broadband, and collaboration.

Register for Regional Community Meeting

July 27-31, 2015
Live Online
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1) v2.0 is a five-day, instructor-led training course that teaches learners how to install, operate, configure, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network, including configuring a LAN switch, configuring an IP router, connecting to a WAN, and identifying basic security threats.

Register for Cisco Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v2.0 (ICND1)


July 27-31, 2015
Live Online
In this course, students will apply the generally recognized practices of project management acknowledged by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to successfully manage projects. PMI and PMP are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Register for Applying Project Management (PMP) Methodology and Exam Preparation


July 29, 2015
Grand Rapids
Come watch cybersecurity professionals perform under pressure in the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium's Red vs. Red vs. Blue Cyber Event at the GVSU DeVos Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There is no charge to attend the event, however, RSVP is required. Please RSVP to by July 17th.

August 3-7, 2015
Live Online
Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. The course is part one of a series of three courses that provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

Register for 20410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012


August 3-6, 2015
Live Online
This multi-day course will teach you practical methods for preparing a disaster recovery strategy that can benefit your organization. The comprehensive Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course goes beyond traditional Business Continuity planning training, preparing students for industry certification in business continuity planning and presenting the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery.

Register for Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer - C)DRE


August 10-14, 2015
Live Online
In this hands-on course you explore the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, consisting of VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter Server. This course is based ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5.

Register for VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage v5.5

August 10-14, 2015
Live Online
This course prepares and certifies you to analyze an organization's information security threats and risks, and to design a security program to mitigate them. The C)ISSO course addresses the broad range of industry best practices, knowledge and skills expected of a security leader.

Register for Certified Information Systems Security Officer - C)ISSO


August 17-21, 2015
Live Online
Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. Students will learn the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access and data security.

Register for 20411 Administering Windows Server 2012


August 17-21, 2015
Live Online
This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-461.

Register for 20461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server

August 17-21, 2015
Live Online
This course is intended for anyone that uses a computer on the internet. Attendees will fully understand the security threats that attack daily and they will also understand the countermeasures associated with these attacks.

Register for Certified Security Sentinel - C)SS


August 19-21, 2015
Live Online
The IS20 Security Controls course covers proven tools and methodologies needed to execute and analyze the Top Twenty Most Critical Security Controls. These controls were selected and defined by the U.S. military and other government and private organizations (including NSA, DHS, GAO, and many others) that are the most respected experts on how attacks actually work and what can be done to stop them.

Register for IS20 Security Controls


August 24-28, 2015
Live Online
The Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2 (ICND2) v2.0 course provides entry-level network administrators, network support, and help desk technicians with the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise network.

Register for Cisco Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 v2.0 (ICND2)

August 31-September 4, 2015
Live Online
C)SLO is a course designed for IT managers who want to get up to speed fast on the essentials of security leadership. In this course you will acquire the essential skills required to oversee the security component of any information technology project. The course covers current security issues, best practices and technologies, presented so that you will be able to put what you learn into practice the day you get back into the office.

Register for Certified Security Leadership Officer - C)SLO


September 9-11, 2015
Live Online
C)VA is a five-day class on identifying weaknesses in computerized systems. CVA constitutes an introduction to the practice of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, and provides excellent experience for anyone who manages systems or networks.

Register for Certified Vulnerability Assessor - C)VA


September 10, 2015
Live Online
A key factor of an effective cybersecurity program is knowing your vulnerabilities before attackers do. Hackers breach organizations by taking advantage of vulnerabilities within networks. Attackers pour over every inch of your enterprise network until they find a leak. And that's where they break in, causing irreparable damage to your bottom line and reputation. Webinar happens from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT.

Register for Identifying Security Weaknesses Before They Become a Threat

September 15-17, 2015
Ann Arbor
In this intensive three-day course, you will create your own personal leadership philosophy, become a better leader and master skills that can help you improve your business results and accelerate your career.

Register for Leadership Excellence and Executive Coaching


September 21-25, 2015
Live Online
The C)DFE course will benefit organizations, individuals, government offices, and law enforcement agencies interested in pursuing litigation, proof of guilt, or corrective action based on digital evidence.

Register for Certified Digital Forensics Examiner - C)DFE


September 28-October 2, 2015
Live Online
The Certified Professional Ethical Hacker course is an introductory-level penetration testing course. Through the coursework and lab exercises, students gain a valuable skillset in penetration testing and understand the importance of vulnerability assessments and ethical hacking.

Register for Certified Professional Ethical Hacker - C)PEH

October 14, 2015
Ann Arbor
Gain a better understanding of cybersecurity trends and learn how to improve the security posture of your organization. The day-long event will feature presentations by Merit Members and cybersecurity professionals. Level up and increase your cybersecurity knowledge!

Register for 2015 Security Summit


October 19-24, 2015
Live Online
In this course, you will obtain real-world security knowledge that will enable you to recognize vulnerabilities, exploit system weaknesses and help safeguard against threats. You will learn the art of ethical hacking with a professional edge.

Register for Certified Penetration Testing Engineer - C)PTE


November 2-6, 2015
Live Online
The C)ISSO course addresses the broad range of industry best practices, knowledge and skills expected of a security leader. You will learn both the theory and the requirements for practical implementation of core security concepts, practices, monitoring and compliance.

Register for Certified Information Systems Security Officer - C)ISSO

December 7-11, 2015
Live Online
This course is designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to identify and defend against security vulnerabilities in software applications. Students will put theory to practice by completing real world labs that include testing applications for software vulnerabilities, identifying weaknesses in design through architecture risks analysis and threat modeling, conducting secure code reviews and more.

Register for Certified Secure Web Application Engineer - C)SWAE


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