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Merit Network Named the Mile2 North American Training Center of the Year

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Merit Network, Inc. has announced it has been selected by Mile2 as the North American Authorized Training Center (ATC) of 2013. Merit was chosen from over 100 Mile2 Authorized Training Center locations around the world. One ATC from each of five global regions was chosen to receive this annual award.

Mile2 selected Merit for demonstrating a proven dedication to the cause of promoting cybersecurity through the efforts of the Michigan Cyber Range. To become a Mile2 ATC, organizations must go through an official process to gain the right to deliver Mile2 training in their region. This was Merit’s first year as a Mile2 Training Center.
Mile2 North American Training Center of the Year 2013
In January 2013, Merit announced a partnership with Mile2 to provide cybersecurity courseware and certifications through the Michigan Cyber Range. Hosted by Merit, the Michigan Cyber Range provides students, faculty, and IT professionals with a cloud-based cybersecurity education platform. Many courses are delivered live online, where instructors conduct class live over the Internet with students attending from locations around the world.

“It’s with great pleasure that we award the ATC of the year to Merit,” said Ray Friedman, President and CEO of Mile2. “The Cyber Range program coupled with the Mile2 cybersecurity certifications have so much promise together that we are certain they’ll have a profound affect in Michigan’s Information Systems security space.”

Through its collaboration with Mile2, Merit offers cybersecurity certification courses in disaster recovery, digital forensics, ethical hacking, wireless security, penetration testing and more. All courses are NSA CNSS-accredited, as well as NIST and NICCS mapped. Merit Members may receive these courses at discounted rates.

Students and IT professionals that train on the Michigan Cyber Range gain the skills to combat ever-changing attack and infiltration techniques, creating a workforce that is incredibly valuable in a crisis.

Mile2 is a developer and provider of vendor neutral professional certifications for the cybersecurity industry.

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 at 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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About Mile2

Mile2 designs, develops, and delivers cyber security certifications and provides Information Assurance services that meet military, government, private sector and institutional specifications. Mile2 courses and certifications teach the fundamental principles of cyber security and follow a certification track that leads to advanced hands-on skills training for penetration testing and network forensics. Over the course of a decade, Mile2 has developed a robust schedule of cyber security certifications for prominent global organizations.

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