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eMacomb - Featured Article, Spring 2016

Cybersecurity training and testing now available at Velocity Hub

 

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Leaders from the state of Michigan, Macomb County, the city of Sterling Heights, Oakland University and Merit Network, Inc. gathered alongside about 200 attendees on Friday, March 18 for an official launch event to signify the grand opening of the Michigan Cyber Range’s Velocity Hub in Sterling Heights.

The Velocity Hub was developed by the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) in collaboration with the Michigan Defense Center of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development and the city of Sterling Heights. It is the first Michigan Cyber Range hub to be connected to an MEDC SmartZone and a business incubator.

"Yet again, Macomb County has positioned itself to be a preferred destination for innovation and technology," said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. "This secure cyber range, the first of its kind in Michigan, will allow businesses to test and validate their connected products. The dynamic relationship between Macomb County, Sterling Heights and Oakland University continues to produce unique community and economic development opportunities."

As the state of Michigan strategically executes its Michigan Cyber Initiative, the new Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range has been developed at the Velocity Center, located at 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. This secure, unclassified hub has a focus on certificate training courses for more than 20 cybersecurity disciplines, in-depth product validation penetration testing on early-stage connected products with security best-practice checklist reviews, and rentable virtual space within the secure sandbox environment. The Mac-OU INC houses and manages the Velocity Hub, which is powered by Merit.

 

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“The city of Sterling Heights is proud to be home to this first-of-its-kind cyber hub focused on training and testing in the state of Michigan,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “The Velocity Hub will be tackling cybersecurity issues for companies based out of Sterling Heights as well as throughout the world. We know that cybersecurity will continue to be a pressing topic as technology use continues to expand and change, and now Sterling Heights, Macomb County and the state of Michigan are home to this valuable business resource we believe will attract tech developers to the area.”

At the event, partners involved in the creation and support of the Velocity Hub took the stage to introduce the public-private collaboration and explain the education and training benefits of the hub. Many of the speakers touched on the Velocity Hub’s potential economic impact for the region as well the importance of cybersecurity testing and preparedness and the future of this ever-expanding facet of the tech industry. A ribbon cutting signified the official opening of the Velocity Hub, followed by an open house and additional demonstrations of the training and testing opportunities available.

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“The Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range serves as a strategic intersection, where entrepreneurship and cybersecurity meet,” said Larry Herriman, Mac-OU INC interim executive director. “Cybersecurity awareness is on the rise. As the internet continues to evolve, the security of commerce becomes more and more significant. This issue has been, and will continue to be, a problem for anyone conducting business via the internet to address.”

For further information about the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, contact Herriman at (586) 884-9332 or herriman@oakland.edu or Cybersecurity & Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager Jennifer Tisdale at Tisdalej1@michigan.org. For more information about the grand opening event, please contact Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle at (586) 446-2471 or bdoyle@sterling-heights.net or Macomb-OU INCubator Communications Manager Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or jfcarlet@oakland.edu.

Related links:

03/29/16 - Velocity Hub Launch of the Michigan Cyber Range  Mac-OU INC Newsletter: March 2016

03/24/16 - Velocity Hub grand opening highlights new cybersecurity asset – Macomb Business

03/21/16 - Secure Sterling Heights lab aims to boost cybersecurity – Detroit News

03/18/16 - New Velocity Hub to boost cybersecurity, businesses – C&G News

03/18/16 - Officials celebrate launch of ‘Michigan Cyber Range’ at Velocity – Source Newspapers

03/18/16 - Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range SHTV1

02/24/16 - Sterling Heights Hub to Offer Cyber Defense Platform for Businesses  DBusiness

02/21/16 - Michigan Cyber Range to open doors to businesses wanting to learn to stop hackers  Crain's Detroit Business