Cybersecurity News and Events

Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a community of cybersecurity professionals and keeping them up-to-date with the latest trends and practices in the field. Explore upcoming workshops, conferences, events, and other opportunities to stay informed and connected with the broader cybersecurity community.


Program of study validation status

Central Michigan University has passed the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program of study validation process.

Faculty publications

Dr. Susan Helser and Dr. Wang research paper Cybersecurity Educational Games: A Theoretical Framework (ICS - Information and Computer Security) is currently going through a second review.

Dr. Susan Helser and Dr. Wang published two cybersecurity manuscripts titled Cybersecurity Educational Games: A Theoretical Framework (ICS - Information

Professors Gustav Verhulsdonck, Jennifer L. Weible, Nancy Hajduk, and Susan Helser published  Smart Cities, Playable Cities and Cybersecurity: A Systematic Review (International Journal of Computer Interaction).


Cybersecurity Day Conference

Oct. 27 | 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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9 - 10 a.m. | Welcome from CBA Dean's Office & keynote

Cybersecurity, AI, & big data

Aaron Ferguson, National Security Agency

10:15 - 11 a.m. | Morning breakout sessions

Strategies for mitigating business email compromise (BEC)

Exploring the key technical and social techniques that have been successful in reducing the attach surface related to the Business Email Compromise (BEC) which in 2022 resulted in approximately $2.7 billion in loss to companies.

Anthony Kraudelt, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

H4x0rz Quest: so you want to work In cybersecurity!

Discovering the habits of highly successful cybersecurity professionals.

Anthony Mitchell, CISSP, CISA, CEH, Cybersecurity Specialist, Air Products, Inc.

How to identify phishing emails

Samuel Nort, Detective Sergeant, Michigan State Police - Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3)
Kyle Bowen, 
Detective Trooper Specialist, Michigan State Police - Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3)

Navigating cyber insurance

Kurt Feight, President, Mount Pleasant Agency
Kelly Hudson, 
Marketing and Communications Director, Mount Pleasant Agency

Application security enablement in an agile world

Vinay Bhatia Sr. Manager, Digital Security Operations Cybersecurity, CyberRisk & IT Compliance, Stryker

11.15 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. | Keynote

Defending your small/midsized business from cyber attacks: cybersecurity insights & best practices

Jeff McCulloch, President, Yeo & Yeo Technologies

12:15 - 1 p.m. | Afternoon breakout sessions

Cybersecurity you can BANK on

Getting an inside look at security awareness and defenses in the financial services industry.

Miles Coffland, CPA, Information Security Officer, Isabella Bank
Jordan Leasher, CISCO CCNP, Network Engineer, Isabella Bank

Debunking cybersecurity: navigating your career in cybersecurity

Nathan Kobayashi, Manager - Threat Response, PwC

Securing the hospitality industry: cyber threats and defense strategies

Exploring the impact of cybersecurity on hospitality and gaining tactical strategies for protecting guests, clients, and employees.

Robyn Joliat, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Reside

Building trust in the supply chain

Creating a third-party cybersecurity program

Marwan Youssef, CISSP, PMP, Chief Information Security Officer, Global Infrastructure, and Supply Chain, Third-Party Cybersecurity Program Leader, General Motors

An intersection of law and cyber: eDiscovery

David Madison, CISSP, Attorney & Executive and Resident, Cybersecurity

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Panel discussion

Alex Abbot, Office of Information Technology, Security Analyst II, Information Security, CMU

Dr. Aaron Ferguson, National Security Agency 

Dr. Jan Kallberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy

Major David Bierbrauer, Data Engineer and Data Scientist, United States Military Academy's Army Cyber Institute

Joseph Lykowski, Cyber Defense Leader, Dow

12:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Conference wrap up

Intro-level capture the flag

Oct. 27 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NCyTE sponsored events

CMU joined the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE) sponsored events. All CMU students, staff, and faculty can register for NCyTE program with a cmich email.

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