Secure Sandbox

Teach, train, and test the security of strategic systems in the safety of an isolated world.

Secure Sandbox provides you with a flexible, secure environment that can be used for cybersecurity education, training exercises, and software testing. Located in a virtual cloud, the Secure Sandbox simulates a real-world networked environment with virtual machines that act as web servers, mail servers, and other types of machines. You can add preconfigured virtual machines or build your own virtual machines. Access to the Sandbox is provided through a web browser or VMware's View client from any location.

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For Education
Secure Sandbox is ideal for use by an instructor or school for cybersecurity training. It can come fully stocked with tools and targets, allowing for a full range of security exploration in a safe, secure environment. Access to the Sandbox is controlled completely by the instructor, who can create and administer course material.

For Cybersecurity
Your organization can run your own red team-blue team cybersecurity excercise by using the Alphaville cybersecurity training environment in the Secure Sandbox. Alphaville is a simulation environment that features computing resources that are typically found at a city hall, police station, power plant, library, and school.

For Software Testing
Since the Secure Sandbox is isolated and not connected to the Internet or other production networks, it is ideal for for testing against live security threats, such as malware, viruses, rootkits and more. It is perfect for testing software vulnerabilities and capabilities.

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Alphaville Cybersecurity Exercises

Alphaville, created by the Michigan Cyber Range, is a virtual training environment specifically designed to test cyber security skills. Alphaville consists of information systems and networks that are found in a typical information ecosystem. Each location has different operating systems, different security priorities, and different challenges for participants to encounter and overcome.

Alphaville is more than a collection of networks. It also presents the opportunity for participants to see how information systems in a community are truly interconnected. As participants navigate through the heterogeneous networks, they find that information discovered at one location can be used to gain access or elevate privileges at another site.

Find out more about the Alphaville cybersecurity exercises.

Types of exercises include:

Red vs. Blue
Bring your IT staff to compete as the Blue Team and defend Alphaville from a Red Team of hackers intent on disrupting communications, stealing critical information or intellectual property, and causing mayhem for political reasons. These exercises create a demanding atmosphere that stresses team communication and documentation in addition to individual skills.

Under the pressure of a timed free-for-all, teams need to penetrate systems, plant their flag, secure the system, and move on. Teams can attack each other, replacing one flag with an opponent's. The team with the most flags left planted when time is called wins the day.

Capture the Flag
Alphaville is also an excellent venue for Capture the Flag exercises. Individual participants use penetration testing and forensic skills to gather clues and collect evidence. A self-paced exercise, the CTF is a means to assess individual skills across a broad range of systems and challenges.

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Cybersecurity Certifications Courses

The Michigan Cyber Range provides students and IT professionals with a solid foundation in a number of cybersecurity disciplines. Through hands-on learning and challenging coursework, students gain technical knowledge and experience that prepares them through challenging hands-on exercises and labs. Each course prepares you for real-life situations and for the related certification test.

The training curriculum for courses is developed by Mile2, a provider of vendor neutral professional certifications for the cyber security industry. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has named Mile2 a preferred provider of cybersecurity certifications.

View the upcoming cybersecurity certification course calendar!

Based on NICE Framework
The Michigan Cyber Range provides a cybersecurity education experience based upon the National Institute of Standards and Technology National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The NICE framework organizes the skills that America's cybersecurity workforce requires to support the National Preparedness Goals of detecting, mitigating, and defeating malicious actors and cyber-based threats.

NIST and NICCS Mapped
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) list Mile2 as an approved provider of certifications for cybersecurity professionals.

NSA/CNSS Accredited
National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) recognizes that Mile2's certification courseware meets national training standards.

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Managed Firewall

Increase the security of your Internet, intranet and extranet, without supporting additional hardware.

Developed by AT&T, Managed Firewall is an on-premises solution that allows users to take advantage of all of the benefits of a firewall without the burden of supporting additional hardware. All hardware and software components, configuration, installation, management, maintenance, monitoring and support is taken care of with Managed Firewall.

Managed Firewall is E-rate eligible. Managed Firewall is E-rate eligible.

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Fully managed end-to-end solution.
Reduce the complexity associated with managing your IP network firewall.

Customize security policies
and define levels of security for users and applications.

Industry leading hardware and software
with proven and reliable technology.

Stateful inspection
with DMZ and Extranet support on most models.

Multiple VPN connectvity options
available uncluding client-to-site and site-to-site.

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Signet Scope, A Predictive Modeling Tool for Measuring Security Risk

Developed by QuadMetrics, Signet Scope provides a detailed understanding of your Cyber-Security risk posture, using information that reflects the risk surface that it is projecting to the global Internet. This includes metrics that not only capture an instantaneous snapshot of these elements but also their temporal trends.

At its core, Signet Scope relies on the QuadMetrics Global Reputation System Platform, which is the broadest and most comprehensive collection of enterprise reputational information. Signet Scope helps organizations quickly understand their security risk posture from a holistic perspective and prioritize its responses. This tool can tackle one of the most challenging problems in cybersecurity, the measurement of cyber risk and the development of metrics that are useful in managing risk.

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Provides A Network Overview
Provides a series of metrics that summarize your network reputation. It uses millions of individual reports to build a comprehensive view, including historical malicious activities.

Locates Active Threats
Tracks the most security-critical features of your network to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Measures Reputation
Provides convenient data-as-a-service access to raw reputational elements.

Global Routing Instability
Identifies weaknessess and vulnerabilities in you network.

Receive Cusomized Alerts
Proactive in nature, Signet Scope provides customized alerts when events of interest occur.

Compares Your Score
Compares your data and its evolution over time with comparisons to industry and sector averages.

Updates Continuously
All datasets are continuously updated on daily, weekly or monthly schedules.

This service is available in basic and premium annual subscriptions.

Download the QuadMetrics Overview (PDF)

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Managed Security

OneStone Information Assurance Portal

Developed by Above Security, OneStone Information Assurance Portal is a mangaged security service that protects your organization from external and internal threats, known and unknown. It is easy to deploy and provides immediate benefits. Guard your orgaization against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and stay compliant with rapidly changing industry and government regulations.

Utilizing Above Security's advanced security information and event management technology, and backed by a team of highly-trained security professionals and analysts in our security operations center, OneStone focuses on threats and incidents based on accurate real-time information. You are alerted the moment a threat is detected.

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Cost Effective
A fully managed service at the fraction of the cost of in-house security. An ideal solution for organizations with a limited budget, staff or resources

Improve Efficiency
Increase performance by managing your security environment with real-time views.

Proactive Risk Management
Identify and remediate vulnerabilities before they impact your business. Know how secure your organization is minute to minute.

More-Informed Decision Making
Executives, IT security managers, security analysts and IT practitioners will utilize the tools in this information assurance portal. Make more effective risk-based business decisions at every level.

Advanced Security Options

Threat Management
Improve threat visibility and management
24x7 monitoring, management and notification of internal and external threats to your organization's network environment.

Vulnerability Management
Identify, prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities
Provides on-demand scanning and assessment of the technical and environmental vulnerabilities in your computing infrastructure.

Log Management
Access historical log data
Extends the threat management capabilities by providing vital historical log information collected and processed by OneStone.


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The OneStone Information Assurance Portal

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Duo Security Two-Factor Authentication

Provide an additional layer of protection over typical authentication.

Duo Security's authentication platform is the next generation of access security. It starts with a robust platform capable of providing secure access to any user, to any application, on any device over any network.

Duo integrates with VPNs, cloud apps, on-premise apps and more to allow you to quickly and easily set up your security solutions. With Duo's APIs, you can also integrate security into your existing custom environments.

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Support every user
Users can authenticate even when they're offline, with mobile apps or just landlines. Users can also have multiple devices, and choose their preferred method during login.

Streamline your user logins
With Duo Security's trusted devices and networks feature, you can allow a user's computer to be considered trusted after initially authenticating.

Protect enterprise web-based apps
Integrate Duo's two-factor authentication with popular web-based applications.

Map out authentication
See who and where your users are authenticating from in real-time.

Duo Security


  Enterprise Edition   Platform Edition

Two-Factor Authentication

Protect on-premises applications Feature included   Feature included

Protect cloud applications Feature included   Feature included

Protect SAML applications     Feature included

All authentication methods Feature included   Feature included

Supports Touch ID authentication     Feature included

Administration and Management

Basic user provisioning Feature included   Feature included

Advanced provisioning with Active Directory sync Feature included   Feature included

Administrative Roles Feature included   Feature included

Admin API access Feature included   Feature included

Access Policy and Controls

Trusted devices and networks Feature included   Feature included

Basic authentication controls Feature included   Feature included

Advanced policy and control framework     Feature included

Real-time geolocation policy     Feature included

Anonymous network policy     Feature included

Advanced mobile authentication device policy     Feature included

Device Insight

Mobile devices     Feature included

Laptops and desktops     Feature included

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Michigan ID

Enables Single Sign On (SSO) across multiple applications and resources.

Michigan ID provides a framework based on federated identity that enables organizations to provide access to shared resources, applications and content.

This framework utilizes Merit's trusted and secure infrastructure. Michigan ID is a value-added service for Members with a dedicated connection to Merit's network backbone.

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Single Sign On (SSO) for your organization
Only one password to remember.

Data security
All of your personal data is protected and secure, while eliminating redundant security principals for every organizational relationship. Uses Merit's trusted, secure infrastructure and no sensitive information is passed over the network.

Share resources
Share access to mission critical resources and content across many organizations.

Reduce costs
Cut back on your access-related support costs and reduce administrative workload.

How does it work?

  • Uses SAML, an open standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between security domains, or between an Identity Provider and a Security Provider.

  • Active Directory / LDAP Integration means control remains with Member organization.

  • Merit can provide Hosted Authentication, creating and hosting an Identity Provider on behalf of the Member for a small annual fee.

  • Merit Professional Services are available for organizations needing assistance in bringing up an Identity Provider on their own.

  • Merit facilitates the relationship between Service Providers and Identity Providers.

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    Software Licensing for Members

    Merit has negotiated licensing agreements with software providers to better serve and support our Members. Merit Software Licensing Service can provide licenses to Members at a reduced rate.
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    Comodo SSL Certificates

    Merit provides discounted SSL (secure socket layer) certificates from Comodo, a trusted international vendor. Comodo is an industry leader in security software, providing the highest levels of SSL security.

    The following Comodo certificates are available:

  • Comodo SSL certificate

  • Comodo Wildcard Certificate

  • Comodo EV SSL Certificate

  • Comodo EV MDC Certificate

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    COMODO SSL Certificates

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