Cyber Range Hub offers cybersecurity courses

Cybersecurity professionals who want to bolster their knowledge, newcomers to the field or mid-level professionals preparing for a career change can register for three new training options at Wayne State University’s Cyber Range Hub, powered by Merit. The courses offer great skill-building for network and site administrators, security professionals and auditors. 

The courses will be held at the Advanced Technology Education Center in Warren. Available courses are listed below:

  • Ethical Computer Hacking
    Fridays, March 10 – April 28
    11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Learn to assess security risks; implement controls to secure network infrastructure; and combat hackers and viruses. Students are introduced to penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, and use in-depth labs featuring both open-source and commercial-based tools. Certification is awarded after completion of the course and successfully passing an online exam.
  • Digital and Network Forensics
    Saturdays, March 11 – April 29
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Intensive lab exercises simulate investigation and recovery of data in networks; physical interception; traffic acquisition; attack detection; and protocol analysis.
  • CISSO Bootcamp
    May 8 – 12
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    The five-day Certified Information Systems Security Officer course addresses the broad range of industry best practices covering the 19 critical modules to gain knowledge and skills expected of a security manager. Participants learn in-depth theory pertaining to the practical implementation of core security concepts, practices, monitoring, and compliance in the full panorama of information systems management. Participants will be able to implement and maintain cost-effective security controls that are closely aligned with both business and industry standards. 

Space for the courses is limited. To register, call WSU’s Executive and Professional Development, 313-577-6581, or email Michael Kelly, For more information, please visit

About Michigan Cyber Range

The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect, prevent and mitigate cyberattacks in a real-world setting. Like a test track or a firing range, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to conduct “live fire” exercises: 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:

The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of DTE Energy.

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, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

About the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative

The Cyber Range Hub was created with support from the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative (AMDC), a group of organizations that provides immediate and sustained assistance to firms and workers in a 13-county region in southeast Michigan affected by reduced Department of Defense procurement. The group coordinates assistance to organizations that promote research, industrial development and talent development relevant to the defense industry. Efforts support resiliency and capacity in autonomous transportation and connected mobility, the lightweight materials manufacturing sector and information technology, with a focus on increasing security of automated transportation systems and products. The core coalition of partners includes the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, Michigan Defense Center-an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), Merit Network and Macomb County Office of Economic Development and Planning. 

Funding for the Cyber Range Hubs AMDC grant was received from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. The grant is made possible via match funding from the MEDC Defense Center and the focus on cybersecurity as part of the MEDC Cyber Program. MEDC is proud to collaborate with Macomb County, the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan to continue to deliver the Michigan Cyber Range resource powered by the Merit Network to develop and attract Michigan talent and businesses growing in the connected and autonomous space.





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