Merit Network Announces Collaborative Partnership with Mile2 for Michigan Cyber Range Courseware

  Merit Network Announces Collaborative Partnership with Mile2 for Michigan
                            Cyber Range Courseware

PR Newswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Merit Network, Inc.
announced today a collaborative partnership with Mile2 to provide cyber
security courseware and certifications through the Michigan Cyber Range.
Together, Merit and Mile2 will provide accessible, world-class training to
companies, students and cyber security professionals across the country.

"I am proud to announce Merit's partnership with Mile2. This collaboration is
an ideal match, pairing Mile2's internationally recognized and robust
certification process with the Michigan Cyber Range's world class education
platform. The partnership announced today is the foundation for a superior
cyber security educational experience, one that improves accessibility and
delivers the most dynamic, experiential learning available," said Dr. Joe
Adams, executive director of Research and the Michigan Cyber Range, Merit
Network.

"As host of the new Michigan Cyber Range, Merit Network has increased its
organization's responsibility and opportunity to educate and stand up the next
generation of cyber warriors. Mile2 is proud to partner with Merit Network in
this endeavor. With the implementation of the Mile2 cyber security curriculum
and certifications, Merit Network will be able to offer the 'best of breed'
training in penetration testing, digital forensics, secure web applications,
disaster recovery, network forensics and other Mile2 courses and
certifications," said Raymond Friedman, CEO of Mile2.

Merit and Mile2 will offer a slate of live instructor classes for 2013 in a
number of different cyber security certifications. Dates are confirmed and
registration is open for the first three certification courses.

Those courses are:

Certified Penetration Testing Engineer (CPTE), offered March 18-22, 2013.

Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO), offered May 20-24,
2013.

Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE), offered June 17-21, 2013.

Merit and Mile2 will continue to schedule more courses throughout the year.
Dates and registration information for the remaining courses will be released
in the near future.

The courses are offered at Merit's leading edge training facilities in Ann
Arbor, MI and are available to cyber security students and professionals
everywhere. The courses utilize one of the most dynamic learning environments
available--the Michigan Cyber Range.

The Michigan Cyber Range is an unclassified, air-gapped system overlaid on
Merit's extensive network. As such it enables students and professionals to
practice, "live fire" cyber security exercises in a secure, monitored
environment without impacting everyday network activity.

"Cyber security is a field in which one learns by doing. The more hands-on
activity to reinforce course concepts available to students, the more likely
it is that they will retain those concepts and put them to use after
certification," explained Dr. Adams.

"The industry standard course certification model begins with a substantial
amount of books and training materials. It then continues with students
studying upwards of 1,200 PowerPoint slides throughout the course of the
class. Lab exercises are limited, and performed on small ad hoc networks the
instructor has stood up."

"Michigan Cyber Range courses provide students a rich array of hands-on
learning opportunities in an adaptive learning environment on a world-class
network. Through the partnership announced today, the Michigan Cyber Range
augments Mile2's robust course material with real-world application and
delivers a better training experience to cyber security students and
professionals," Dr. Adams added.

As one of the only cloud-based cyber security education platforms in
existence, the Michigan Cyber Range adds heightened accessibility to cyber
security education. Students enrolled in a course through the Michigan Cyber
Range are able to access labs and exercises on their own time and from the
convenience of a location of their choice.

The Cyber Range's virtual environment is powered by two physical sites
connected to Merit's 2,800 mile backbone, each capable of providing over 2,000
virtual nodes simultaneously to classes and exercises on the Range. Optimized
for virtualized environments, the Range's equipment provides a reliable and
accessible platform for educators, trainers, and test engineers.

With today's announcement, Merit and Mile2 are excited by the potential to
offer Michigan Cyber Range courses to organizations beyond Michigan's borders.
The Merit backbone features direct links to key national and international
Network Access Points for collaboration across the country and across the
globe.

For more information on the Michigan Cyber Range: www.merit.edu/cyberrange/ 

To learn more about course offerings through the Michigan Cyber Range:
www.merit.edu/cyberrange/courses/ 

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by
Michigan's public universities, 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 

About Mile2

Mile2 designs, develops, and delivers cyber security certifications and
provides Information Assurance services that meet military, government,
private sector and institutional specifications. Mile2 courses and
certifications teach the fundamental principles of cyber security and follow a
certification track that leads to advanced hands-on skills training for
penetration testing and network forensics. Over the course of a decade, Mile2
has developed a robust schedule of cyber security certifications for prominent
global organizations such as the C)ISSO (Certified Information Systems
Security Officer) for the Canadian Department of National Defence; C)PTE
(Certified Penetration Testing Engineer) for the United States Air Force;
C)NFE (Certified Network Forensics Examiner) for a United States
Counterintelligence Agency; and C)SWAE (Certified Secure Web Application
Engineer) for Boeing Aerospace. In doing so, Mile2 has become the de facto
standard for organizations and militaries worldwide. Presently, Mile2 has
approximately 100 locations in its global network of Authorized Training
Centers.

For more information: www.mile2.com 

SOURCE Merit Network, Inc.

Website: http://www.merit.edu
Contact: Elwood Downing, Merit Network, Inc., +1-734-527-5702,
edowning@merit.edu
 
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