The University of Michigan-Flint’s Cybersecurity Training Center offers the I-69 Thumb region opportunities for non-degree and industry-recognized credentials to prepare K-12 and college students as well as professionals for careers in cybersecurity. This hub also provides trainings in best practices to protect companies from hackers, scammers and common phishing schemes.

The hub offers online webinar-based trainings and has a newly renovated training space in its university-based center at the Northbank Center, 432 N. Saginaw St.

The statewide Cyber Range Hubs operate as a physical extension of the Michigan Cyber Range, hosting events, exercises and training classes. A Hub offers more than 40 industry-recognized certifications aimed at qualifying individuals for positions and contracts in cybersecurity fields. Companies can use the Hub to access virtual infrastructure for product development, testing and demonstration.

Michigan built a flexible cybersecurity range and program to meet the 21st century need of critical infrastructure defense, automotive, homeland security, criminal justice, and education. Cybersecurity differs from other technical disciplines in that it involves a thinking, adaptive adversary. The best way to improve defensive capabilities in this area is to practice against those adversaries. To meet this need, Merit Network Inc. was chosen to begin operating a cybersecurity range and program. The project is a public-private collaboration that includes government, the National Guard, universities, community colleges, K-12 schools and private industry.

The Michigan Cyber Range is a program that leverages the physical range to develop world-class cybersecurity professionals. There is a full program of meetings and workshops as well as tools to develop and promulgate best practices in cybersecurity training and cybersecurity itself. The range is used for individual as well as collective training. The staff experts in the best and most current practices of cybersecurity training and are focused on meeting the specific needs of the people and organizations that use the range.