Cybersecurity News and Events


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

October 28, 2022 
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us on October 28, 2022, as we celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a virtual all-day conference filled with insightful keynotes from experts in cyber defense; exciting breakout sessions with FBI, U.S. Army, and other organizations.



Welcome from the CBA Dean's Office and keynote

9:00 - 10:00 AM

The future of cyber defense

Jeremy Hyland (CISSP), Director of Cyber Defense, Dow Chemical Company


10:00 - 10:15 AM

Morning breakouts

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Someone is definitely targeting you

Cyber security; the tools, techniques and procedures used to compromise systems

Anthony Kraudelt, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation


What is a cybersecurity framework?

Discuss the three main cybersecurity frameworks (ISO 27001, NIST CSF and CIS 18) what purpose do they serve, what my organization does in this space, break down a few controls for students to get a better understanding of the framework and IT Controls

Matt Kipp (CISA, CCSFP, CIS-LI, TERP 10), Director of IT Risk, The Mako 


Employment opportunities for cyber security professionals in the automotive industry

Presentation designed to introduce the students to the myriad of opportunities within the Cyber Security realm. I will speak specifically about Ford, but the concepts and issues are the same for companies of any size.

Jeffery Kramer, Ford Motor Company


11:00 - 11:15 AM;

Afternoon keynote

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Cybersecurity risks & opportunities in the cloud

This session will provide participants with an understanding of top security risks in cloud environments, the work of a cloud security function and how to prepare for a rewarding and successful career in cybersecurity.

Tiauna Ross (CPA, SCPM, CBAP, PMP, ITIL, CDPSE, CISSP), Director, Digital Cybersecurity Operations, CCI, Stryker

Suganya Sivakumar (ITIL, AZ-900), Digital Cybersecurity Operations Manager, Stryker


12:00 - 12:15 PM

Afternoon breakouts group 1

12:15 - 1:00 PM

Cybersecurity impact on the healthcare industry

Ken Septer, Senior Vice-President, Cloud Operations and Service Management, Beaumont Health



Major Roman Kocherovsky, Chief, Defensive Cyber Operations Element, Michigan National Guard

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Lakomy, Information Systems Security Manager, Michigan National Guard


Cloud careers: intro to cloud security challenges & roles

The Cloud: Azure, AWS, GCP, IaaS, SaaS, PaaS… What do all these terms mean anyways, and what's the best way to get involved in them? There's a lot of noise in the security industry around cloud security, but the path to work as a "cloud security professional" isn't always clear. This talk will cover cloud terms, the basic concerns companies have about working securely in the cloud, and how you can prepare for cloud careers if this new frontier sounds right for you!

Katie Knowles, Sr Manager, Cyber Threat Response, PwC


1:00 - 1:15 PM

Afternoon breakouts group 2

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Cyber through a military lens

Threats & protections: similarities and differences between military and civilian environments

Angela Hoiston (PMP, CASP), IT Specialist (IT Project Manager) & Intelligence/Logistics Officer, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)/Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) & U.S. Army (Reserve)


Cybersecurity insights and tips for businesses and organizations

Cybersecurity Trends, Business Challenges with Cybersecurity, Cost of Cybersecurity, ways to combat Cyber Attacks and Careers in Cybersecurity

Jeff McCulloch, President, Yeo and Yeo


Cybersecurity tips, that you can BANK on!

Miles Coffland (CPA), Information Security Officer, Cyber Threat Response, Isabella Bank

Jordan Leasher (CISCO, CCNP), Network Engineer, Isabella Bank

2023 future computing summer internship at the National Security Agency

July 12 - August 4, 2023
Laboratory for Physical Sciences in Catonsville, MD

  • Perform hands-on technical work on important NSA computing projects
  • Work in small groups under the mentorship of technical experts at NSA
  • Partner with peers from other academic institutions
  • Learn about NSA, its mission, people, career opportunities, and more! 

Application information

Deadline: January 31, 2023

For more information contact:

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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