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Michigan Cyber Range & MiC3 are Key Components in Gov. Snyder's Expanded Cybersecurity Initiative

DETROIT, Mich - Michigan has taken a leadership role in advancing cybersecurity. The third annual North American International Cyber Summit, was held Monday, November 17, 2014 at Cobo Center, brought together experts from across the globe to address a variety of cybersecurity issues affecting business, education, law enforcement, government and economic development in the state.

Governor Rick Snyder announced updates to his Michigan cyber initiative, including an expansion of the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corp (MiC3) to 12 teams. MiC3 is a group of trained cyber experts who volunteer to provide assistance to the state in times of emergency.  The MiC3 is project managed by Merit Network. The creation of MiC3 was announced at last year`s summit. Applications for volunteers continue to grow, prompting the decision to add more teams.

During the summit, the Michigan Cyber Range, developed and powered by Merit Network, held a live international cyber defense competition. Two teams from MiC3 competed from Cobo Center. Teams competed remotely from the Michigan National Guard in Battle Creek, MI, the California National Guard in Los Angeles, CA, and the Latvian National Guard Cyber Division in Riga, Latvia.

The exercise took place in Alphaville, a virtual training environment within the Michigan Cyber Range. Alphaville contains five locations, each representing a different security level. During the competition, the teams planted and protected encrypted beacons within the virtual library, school, private industry, police station and power & electric company.

Governor Snyder thanked Merit Network, the Michigan National Guard, the state`s universities and the private sector for working together to create the Michigan Cyber Range.

Snyder hoped that events like the North American International Cyber Summit could spur discussion about the importance of cybersecurity for everyone. "Talk to your peers about the future of our connected world, while being prudent about the dangers of a connected world. They go together. The leadership to do this is here today," said Snyder. The event brought together more than 500 cybersecurity experts, industry leaders and educators for discussion and real-world learning.

About Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps (MiC3)
The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps (MiC3) is a group of trained cyber experts who individually volunteer to provide expert assistance to the state in times of emergency. MiC3 provides rapid response to the Governor in declared state of emergency cyber incidents. The MiC3 is created in partnerships with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB), Michigan State Police, National Guard and other public and private partners. The group includes volunteers from government, education, and business sectors. For more information: www.micybercorps.org.

About Michigan Cyber Range
The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect, prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks 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 Michigan Cyber Range web site: www.merit.edu/cyberrange.

The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of Consumers Energy and 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, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information: www.merit.edu.

For press/media contact:
Elwood Downing
Merit Network



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Source: Merit Network, Inc. via GlobeNewswire