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MCRCon Cybersecurity Conference Features Industry Leaders

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — “Are You Safe in the Internet of Things?” The theme of this year’s MCRCon cybersecurity conference in Ypsilanti focuses on one of today’s most compelling cybersecurity issues: the Internet of Things (IoT). Everything seems to be connected to the Internet. Phones, televisions, appliances, vehicles, eyewear, powerplants, security systems, and more are sending and receiving information. Who’s keeping your information safe?
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MCRCon, on May 20, 2014, will feature three prominent speakers from industry to discuss the Internet of Things and other cybersecurity issues:

Greg Conti, Director, U.S. Army Cyber Research Center and Associate Professor of Computer Science, United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Chris Roberts, Founder, CISO and CTO, One World Labs.

J Wolfgang Goerlich, Vice President of Consulting Services, VioPoint Inc.

“This year’s conference is going to explore the new risks and vulnerabilities we’re seeing in the ultra-connected, always on environment called the Internet of Things,” said William “Joe” Adams, vice president of research and cyber security at Merit Network. “Our speakers are going to explore different facets of the IoT. It’ll be an exciting discussion and give our attendees plenty to think about.”

MCRCon will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, which is located at 1275 S Huron Street in Ypsilanti.

During MCRCon, the staff of the Michigan Cyber Range will demonstrate the capabilities of the range and Alphaville, the secure environment that enables users to practice cybersecurity techniques. Alphaville can be used for live-fire cybersecurity exercises and to practice securing SCADA systems, servers, and a variety of IT environments.

Attendees can participate in a capture the flag (CTF) challenge during the event. The CTF event is set in a virtual environment within the Michigan Cyber Range. Participants will navigate through the environment’s heterogeneous network finding clues and collecting flags. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

Admission to MCRCon is $75. You can register online at:

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About Michigan Cyber Range

The Michigan Cyber Range was developed in partnership with the State of Michigan to provide organizations with an unclassified, secure cybersecurity environment that can be used for training exercises, security applications, software testing, and educational purposes. It is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network and is sponsored by DTE Energy. The Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect, prevent and mitigate cyberattacks in a real-world setting, providing simulations that test the detection and reaction skills of participants in a variety of situations. The Michigan Cyber Range also offers certification courses for a number of cybersecurity disciplines, with instruction available on-site and live online. A full training schedule may be found at the Merit Michigan Cyber Range web site:

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

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