Merit Network, Inc.: MCRCon Cybersecurity Conference - May 20, 2014

     Merit Network, Inc.: MCRCon Cybersecurity Conference - May 20, 2014

For Immediate Release

  MCRCon Cybersecurity Conference Features Industry Leaders

April 21, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. - "Are You Safe in the Internet of Things?" The theme of this
year's MCRCon cybersecurity conference in Ypsilanti focuses on one of today's
most compelling cybersecurity issues: the Internet of Things (IoT). Everything
seems to be connected to the Internet. Phones, televisions, appliances,
vehicles, eyewear, powerplants, security systems, and more are sending and
receiving information. Who's keeping your information safe?

MCRCon, on May 20, 2014, will feature three prominent speakers from industry
to discuss the Internet of Things and other cybersecurity issues:

  *Greg Conti, Director, U.S. Army Cyber Research Center and Associate
    Professor of Computer Science, United States Military Academy at West
    Point, New York.

  *Chris Roberts, Founder, CISO and CTO, One World Labs.

  *J Wolfgang Goerlich, Vice President of Consulting Services, VioPoint Inc.

"This year's conference is going to explore the new risks and vulnerabilities
we're seeing in the ultra-connected, always on environment called the Internet
of Things," said William "Joe" Adams, vice president of research and cyber
security at Merit Network. "Our speakers are going to explore different facets
of the IoT. It'll be an exciting discussion and give our attendees plenty to
think about."

MCRCon will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Ann Arbor
Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, which is located at 1275 S Huron Street in
Ypsilanti.

During MCRCon, the staff of the Michigan Cyber Range will demonstrate the
capabilities of the range and Alphaville, the secure environment that enables
users to practice cybersecurity techniques. Alphaville can be used for
live-fire cybersecurity exercises and to practice securing SCADA systems,
servers, and a variety of IT environments.

Attendees can participate in a capture the flag (CTF) challenge during the
event. The CTF event is set in a virtual environment within the Michigan Cyber
Range. Participants will navigate through the environment's heterogeneous
network finding clues and collecting flags. Prizes will be awarded to first,
second, and third place winners.

Admission to MCRCon is $75. You can register online at: www.merit.edu/mcrcon/

A discounted hotel room rate of $139 per night is available to event
attendees. You can reserve rooms online or by phone at 877-757-7133 or
800-228-9290; identify yourself as part of the Merit Member Conference group.
The group rate is available until Friday, May 9, 2014.

For more details about MCRCon, please visit: www.merit.edu/mcrcon/

    About Michigan Cyber Range

The Michigan Cyber Range prepares cybersecurity professionals to detect,
prevent and thwart cyberattacks 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 Merit 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, DTE Energy and Juniper Networks.

    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, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5702
Email: edowning@merit.edu

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