MMC / MCRCon
The Henry, Dearborn, MI  |  May 17-18, 2017
Thank you to everyone that attended and sponsored this sold out event!
The 21st century organization is changing rapidly. Economics, business trends, technological evolution, workplace preferences and the growing sophistication of cyber threats are all factors contributing to an adapting organizational climate. Educators, governments, nonprofits, libraries, security professionals and businesses face challenges like connecting global workspaces, security in the age of BYOD, policy management in an “always on” culture, cloud networking, the changing landscape of digital collaboration and more.
The Merit Member Conference addressed many of these topics while providing attendees the opportunity to network with industry experts, merit community members and professional peers.
May 17th was Members Only day, and not open for Non-Member attendance. Topics covered all things networking, technology, collaboration and talent related.
May 18th combined both Member Security Day AND the Michigan Cyber Range Conference, inviting Members and the general public to take a deep-dive into cybersecurity.
The day’s agenda also featured a Capture the Flag event with participants competing for over $600 in prizes. Chris Meyer of Fowlerville High School won the CTF competition. Chris trains at the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute.
May 19th was open to all audiences and comprised of special-topic multi-hour workshops.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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Marcel Gagne
Marcel Gagné
Writer and Free Thinker
Linux Journal
How Open Source Destroyed the Past, Created the Present, and Will One Day, Save the Future
Marcel Gagné is the author of the “Moving to Linux” series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe.
Fredricka Joyner
Fredricka Joyner
Senior Leadership & Organization
Development Consultant
ADVISA
The 21st Century Workplace: Navigating in the Midst of a Perfect Storm

We are living and working in unprecedented times as elements in the external environment come together to create a perfect storm. This talk will unpack and consider the impact of these elements and suggest a set of navigational strategies.

Fredricka Joyner is a senior leadership and organizational development consultant at ADVISA. Her resume includes more than 15 years in academia in the Indiana University system where she held a tenured faculty position; three decades in business consulting for companies in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; and published works in journals such as the American Journal of Business Education, Journal of Applied Business Research and the American Journal of Engineering Education.
Kristin Judge
Kristin Judge
Director of Special Projects
& Government Relations
National Cyber Security Alliance
Security Awareness is a Shared Responsibility: Have You Pitched in Today?

Everyone has a role to play in securing the cyber ecosystem. Whether you are a technologist, parent, student, CEO, elected official or grandmother you can do something today to improve the Internet experience for all of us. Learn about some basic best practices and many free resources to impact cybersecurity at home, work and play. Leave this session with a list of tips and activities ready to be shared!

Kristin was elected to serve as a Washtenaw County Commissioner in 2008 and supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in growing cybersecurity outreach to state and local government officials. After elected office, she worked at the Center for Internet Security, focusing on connecting state and local governments to federal services and technology needed to improve cyber security. As Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance, Kristin has worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate consumers and businesses how to protect sensitive data. In February 2016, NCSA was named a White House partner for authentication education in President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) after Kristin’s leadership to create the NCSA “Two Steps Ahead” national program. As a thought leader, Kristin has been seen on the C-SPAN Network, local news outlets and called on by technology publications like SC Magazine and Government Technology to share best practices for online safety. In 2017, Kristin was chosen for the 3rd cohort in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program which is a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson to bring together a select group of leaders who share a desire to create positive change across our Nation.
Clint Longenecker
Clint Longenecker
Stranahan Professor of Leadership
& Organizational Excellence
University of Toledo
S.T.O.P.: The Power to Get Better Results by Slowing Down!

Are you busier than you would like to be? Do you find yourself constantly running trying to get caught up? Do you look at your schedule and have a sense of being overwhelmed? Do your find your days being consumed by meetings, e-mails and activities that prevent you from getting your real work done? Is the organization that you work for asking you to do more with less with no end in sight?

If you answered YES to any of these important questions you probably need to make one of two choices: work even harder, longer and faster and hope to get caught up. Or develop a superior understanding of the power of learning how to slow down and S.T.O.P. and take control of your work, life and career! This will be a dynamic, interactive, and serious developmental presentation designed to equip participants with a “toolkit” that will make a real difference in your ability to achieve superior results.

Clinton Longenecker, is an award winning educator, is one of “America’s leaders in creating high performance leaders and organizations” and is a Distinguished University Professor and the Director of The Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in high performance leadership and creating great organizations. He has been the recipient of over fifty (50) outstanding teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmasters International Leadership Award, and The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, and numerous “Best Professor” recognitions. In addition, he has also been recently recognized by The Economist as one of the Top Fifteen Business Professors in the World.
Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts
Chief Security Architect
Acalvio Technologies
Hillbilly BBQ: Putting your Rail Networks to Use to Facilitate our Party

This presentation took longer to put together than it takes to break into most of the US railway infrastructure.

Chris Roberts is the chief security architect for Acalvio Technologies, helping to drive technology innovation and product leadership. Roberts directs a portfolio of services within Acalvio designed to improve the physical and digital security posture of both enterprise, industrial and government clients. In addition, Roberts works to shape the next generation of deception platforms and helps companies with their maturity modeling and overall security solutions.
P.W. Singer
P.W. Singer
Strategist & Contributing Editor
New America Foundation & Popular Science
NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats

Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwar, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and a new geopolitical competition; the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Hollywood and the Call of Duty video game series, Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of technology and security tomorrow.

P. W. Singer is an American political scientist, an international relations scholar and a preeminent specialist on 21st century warfare. He is currently strategist for the New America Foundation and a contributing editor for Popular Science. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare and has written for many of the world’s major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and many others.
MAY 19TH WORKSHOPS
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Security on a Shoestring
Jason Brown
Chief Information Security Officer
Merit Network
With the cost of security products and services skyrocketing, how can organizations afford to protect themselves?

While larger organizations are able to purchase the necessary equipment and hire security staff, small and medium sized businesses have difficulty keeping up. Hackers are very aware of this trend and are now targeting these smaller organizations with gaps in their security plan in the hopes of pulling off a successful breach.

Gartner is predicting that prices will continue to rise for security protection and firewall services. The industry could see as much as $170 billion in growth over the next four years.

What steps can organizations with budgetary restrictions take to protect themselves?

Learn how to implement free and low-cost effective solutions within your organization such as:
• Security Frameworks
• Implementation of Risk Management
• Use of Open Source Security Tools
• Information Sharing and Threat Intelligence

Turning Up the Volume on Engagement
Fredricka Joyner
Senior Leadership & Organization Development Consultant
ADVISA
The world of work is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to ever-changing technology, globalization, environmental concerns, resource constraints, and a host of other issues. At the same time, the labor force is shrinking as a result of shifting generational patterns and a widening skills gap. This combination of variables has created an unprecedented set of dynamics – a perfect storm – in almost every business environment. In the face of the dynamic tension caused by these factors, attracting and retaining top talent is of critical importance. This workshop will explore how companies can respond strategically by turning up the volume on engagement.

Through participation in this interactive session, participants will be able to:

  • connect business and personal strategic challenges to the need to focus on engagement
  • describe the elements of the current business environment that are coming together to create the strategic imperative for engagement
  • describe the role of the manager in creating and supporting a high-engagement work culture
  • take specific action to strengthen elements of engagement in their sphere of influence
  • identify aspects of the organization’s culture that can be strengthened or enhanced to turn up the volume on engagement
  • identify opportunities for personal development related to turning up the volume on engagement.

Participants will leave the session armed with an understanding of the strategic backdrop, a useful conceptual model, a set of sample strategies and a handful of specific actions for turning up the volume on engagement in the arenas where they work.

CONFERENCE AGENDA
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Time
Room
Topic
Presenter

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Presidential Ballroom & Lobby
Breakfast and Registration

8:00-4:30 p.m.
Plaza & Presidential Lobbies
Sponsor Tables

8:25-9:00 a.m.
Room VII
Newcomers’ Breakfast

9:00-4:30 p.m.
Room II
Members’ Lounge

9:00-9:20 a.m.
Presidential Ballroom
Welcome Address
Joe Sawasky, Merit Network

10:05-10:15 a.m.
 
Transition

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Project Management for Non-Project Managers
David Fleig and Laura Hendrick, Wayne State University

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Your Problems, Our Solutions: An Interactive Discussion on Common Community Challenges and Ways to Solve Them
David Dennis and Jameka Williams, Merit Network

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Room I
Hosted Virtual Desktop Computing as a Managed Service in Higher Ed
Patrick R. Turner, Schoolcraft College; Chris Blackstone, Spring Arbor University; Daniel Morgan Heidt, Access Interactive

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Room III
How We Move and Work: Adapting to Organization and Community Needs
Wayne Snyder, NextEnergy; Travis Knepper, RideHop; Raphael Carty, Callida Energy

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Room VII
Secure Cloud Access Using the Power of Network Function Virtualization
William Balmer, ADVA Optical Networking

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Directors Room
Sponsor Presentation: Aligning Skills-based Training and Performance Assessments to Create a More Capable Cybersecurity Workforce
Linda Montgomery, Cyber World Institute

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Delegate Room
Sponsor Presentation: The Evolution of Cloud Communications and Managed Services
Mark Iannuzzi, TelNet Worldwide

11:00-11:15 a.m.
Presidential Lobby
Refreshment Break & Transition

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
The Many Sides of Big Data
Kathy Ossian, Ossian Law, PC

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Merit Ethernet Network Service (ENS)
Jim Moran, Merit Network

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Room I
Collective Success – IT Procurement Partners
Teri Abbo and Eric Stevens, Oakland University

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Room III
Community Network Bridging Multiple Municipalities
Dr. Gary Niehaus, Grosse Pointe Public Schools; Dave Fleig, Wayne State University; Elwood Downing and Bob Stovall, Merit Network

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Room VII
SDSN and Automation
Shane Praay, Juniper Networks

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Delegate Room
Sponsor Presentation: Making the VMware Digital Backpack for Higher Education a Reality-A CIO’s Case Study
Patrick Turner, Schoolcraft College; Doug Merrion and Jon Grewe, VMware

12:05-12:50 p.m.
Presidential Ballroom & Lobby
Lunch

1:35-1:45 p.m.
 
Transition

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Developing a Comprehensive RFP for Technology Projects
David Fleig, Wayne State University

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Addressing the Diverse Deployment Challenges of Gigabit Broadband for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)
Kurt Raaflaub, ADTRAN

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Room I
Securing the Corporate Mobile First Enterprise or Herding Corporate Cats
Kevin Peterson, Zscaler

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Room III
MISEN – Program Updates and Initiatives
Dave Childs, MISEN

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Directors Room
Sponsor Presentation: Architecting the Future with VMware vSAN
Daniel Heidt, Access Interactive

1:45-2:30 p.m.
Delegate Room
Sponsor Presentation: The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
Pankesh Mehta, Lenovo

2:30-2:40 p.m.
 
Transition

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Collaboration: Universities

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Collaboration: K-12s

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Room I
Collaboration: Governments & Nonprofits

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Room III
Collaboration: Community Colleges

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Room VII
Collaboration: Private Colleges

2:40-4:00 p.m.
Directors Room
Collaboration: Libraries

4:00-4:10 p.m.
 
Transition

5:00-5:30 p.m.
Presidential Ballroom
The State of Merit
Joe Sawasky, Merit Network

5:30-8:00 p.m.
Presidential Lobby
Cocktail Reception


Time
Room
Topic
Presenter

8:00-8:45 a.m.
Presidential Ballroom & Lobby
Breakfast and Registration

8:00-3:00 p.m.
Plaza & Presidential Lobbies
Sponsor Tables

9:00-4:30 p.m.
Room II
Members’ Lounge

9:00-3:00 p.m.
Room III
Capture the Flag

8:45-9:00 a.m.
Presidential Ballroom
Opening Remarks
Dr. Joe Adams, Merit Network

9:50-10:10 a.m.
 
Transition

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Web Security: Tales from the Field
Michael Hess, University of Michigan

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Taking Flight in Northern Michigan
Dawn Stone & Brian Dawson, Alpena Community College

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Room I
Exploring the Future of Cloud Vendor Security Assessments
Nick Lewis, Internet2

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Directors Room
Sponsor Presentation: Ransomware Education and Defense 101
Greg Cooper, Cisco

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Delegate Room
Sponsor Presentation: Exploring the Capabilities and Economics of Cybercrime
Jim Walter, Cylance

11:00-11:10 a.m.
 
Transition

11:10-12:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
No One in the Middle: Enabling Network Access Control via Transparent Attribution
Jeremy Erickson, University of Michigan

11:10-12:00 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Two-Factor to Ten Thousand Users
Kevin Hayes and Kristine Theobald, Wayne State University

11:10-12:00 p.m.
Room I
Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge
Dr. Joe Adams, Merit Network

11:10-12:00 p.m.
Directors Room
Sponsor Presentation: How to Maintain your Cybersecurity Strategy as you Migrate to the Cloud
Greg Kreiling-Palo Alto Networks/AmeriNet

11:10-12:00 p.m.
Delegate Room
Sponsor Presentation: Usable and Effective Security for Empowered Users, Cloud, Mobile and BYOD
Steve Edwards, Duo Security

12:00-12:45 p.m.
Presidential Ballroom and Lobby
Lunch and Screening of the Newest Cyber Range Movie

12:00-3:00 p.m.
Outdoors
Drone Demonstrations
Done tours start at noon and will continue at the start of each hour

1:30-1:40 p.m.
 
Transition

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Inside The Threat Actor Studio
Aamir Lakhani, Doctor Chaos Research

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
The Hidden Risks of Not Implementing an Enterprise Risk Management Framework
Jason Brown, Merit Network

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Room I
Modernizing a Legacy Backup system into a Private Cloud Solution
Alex M. George and Robert Hogle, Wayne State University

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Room II and Lobbies
Sponsor Passport Time & Collection and Refreshment Break

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Why Am I Under Attack?
Jacob Brabbs, Merit Network

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap
Trpko Shawn Blazevski, Amanda LaBelle and RJ Fischer, CyberOU

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Room I
Analyzing NextGen Security Practices and Security Tools
Dr. Jared DeMott, VDA Labs

3:50-4:00 p.m.
 
Transition

4:50-5:20 p.m.
Presidential Ballroom
Closing Remarks and Passport Drawings
Dr. Joe Adams, Merit Network

5:20-7:30 p.m.
Presidential Lobby
Cocktail Reception


Time
Room
Topic
Presenter

8:00-8:30 a.m.
Presidential Ballroom & Lobby
Breakfast and Registration

8:30-11:30 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom A
Turning Up the Volume on Engagement
Fredricka Joyner, ADVISA

8:30-11:30 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom B
Security on a Shoestring
Jason Brown, Merit Network





COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS
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ADVA Optical Networking
Juniper Networks
SILVER SPONSORS
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Access Interactive
Advisa
Aerohive
AmeriNet
Carahsoft and VMware logos
Cisco
Cyber World Institute
Cylance
Duo Security
Lenovo
Palo Alto Networks
 
BRONZE SPONSORS
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ADTRAN
Arista Networks
Aspen Wireless
AT&T
CDW-G
Howard Technology Solutions
Imperva
Nutanix
Proofpoint
Telnet Worldwide
Veeam
 
BASIC SPONSORS
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IT in the D
ECI
VMware
VIDEO SPONSOR
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Zscaler

WORKSHOP SPONSOR
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No Starch Press

MERIT AWARDS
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Since 2008, Merit has given awards recognizing individuals and organizations that have shown leadership in networking and information technology, engaged in community building, and shown strong involvement in the Merit community. Merit Awards are presented at the annual Merit Member Conference.
2017 Merit Awards Ceremony
Join us on May 17th at the Merit Member Conference, where we will announce the winners of the 2017 Merit Awards. We will recognize innovation, community building and meritorious service.