Walsh IT Faculty Chair Presents at Global Banking Conference

TROY, Mich., July 9, 2019—Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Chair and Assistant Professor of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department will present at The Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Global Banking Conference in New York City on July 12, 2019. Dr. Schippers will speak about the critical nature of consistent and persistent defense measures in cybersecurity as part of a panel including experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Money Laundering, Forfeiture and Bank Fraud Unit of the FBI. Thought leaders from Microsoft, The Clearing House, Visa, Deutsche Bank, and many other global organizations will also present industry updates and emerging trends during the BAFT conference.

“The complexity of our digital ecosystem requires an integrated approach to cybersecurity that is consistent and persistent,” said Dr. Schippers. “Cybersecurity today is about more than protecting data, it’s about keeping businesses running, protecting intellectual property, keeping workers safe and machinery running. We are preserving our very way of life.”

BAFT is an international banking association dedicated to providing training and education to protect the safety of the global financial system. Walsh is the only institution of higher education that is a member of BAFT.

Dr. Schippers also recently presented at the National Cyber Summit and contributed to the 2019 Technology in Industry Report along with Christopher Heiden, an associate professor in Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Leads Second Annual Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

TROY, Mich., June 19, 2019—Walsh faculty and Microsoft staff will facilitate Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for the second year on June 25-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. An additional session will be held July 15-17.

Cadette scouts, grades six through eight, will participate in hands-on activities and workshops led by faculty, including Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit coding with handheld computers, Python programming, a cyber-themed escape room exercise and how to practice safe online behavior. A photography app exploration workshop will be led by Microsoft staff.

“We look forward to welcoming the Girl Scouts for a second year of Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We have added even more activities to give them firsthand experience with coding and programming, spark their curiosity and hopefully lead them to seriously consider careers in technology.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge and Walsh Cyber Patch as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Walsh Faculty to Present at National Cyber Summit June 6

TROY, Mich., June 6, 2019 – From the recent ransomware attack in Baltimore to countless national and international data breaches, cybersecurity and keeping our data and systems safe is a focus of Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Walsh Chair and Assistant Professor of IT/Decisions Sciences, and it has been for his entire career.

“Agile Cybersecurity Education: Evolving Demands in the Cyber Landscape” is the focus of a presentation Schippers will give at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday, June 6 as part of the summit’s Advanced Manufacturing track.

Hundreds of cybersecurity professionals from across the country will attend the event. The summit has a 10-year history of bringing together government, industry and cyber professionals from across the nation, and connecting senior cyber-tech leaders to those just starting in cyber-tech fields.

Schippers was invited to speak at the National Cyber Summit because of how Walsh is responding to industry demand through its information technology programs. “We’ve taken a different approach to cybersecurity than most higher education institutions,” Schippers says. “We combine academic theory, business acumen and hands-on skills development. Our graduates have the ability to apply what they have learned immediately in the workplace.”

Schippers explains that most cybersecurity graduates only have home-based technology as a point of reference when they enter the workplace. Walsh students have experience working with enterprise-level equipment in a custom-designed cyber training environment at Walsh’s Troy location.

“The information that needs to be kept secure is becoming increasingly complex. Most people think it’s just data,” Schippers adds. “It’s not just protecting server data, but also machines on the manufacturing line, medical devices, vehicles, the electrical grid – all things that work in the cyber physical space. We aren’t just protecting our data anymore. We’re protecting our way of life.”

Schippers developed Walsh’s Advanced Team-Based Attack/Defend Techniques class to increase student skills, situational awareness and response capability in hostile cyber environments. Walsh’s Technology Advisory Board members hailed the class as a unique opportunity for students in Michigan to advance cybersecurity skills and awareness.

He also created and designed Walsh’s Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, making Walsh the first institution in the nation with an automotive cybersecurity program.

Whether it’s a major U.S. city, a country, a national retailer or credit reporting agency, cybersecurity is not just about protecting data anymore. “Identity theft, phishing emails and data theft are rampant now,” he adds. “Searching for a security breach is similar to a digital manhunt, or CSI on a cyber level.”

Schippers earned his Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University and his doctoral research focused on source device authentication, assessing engineering and forensic authentication techniques. He earned his MS in Information Systems Management and his undergraduate degree in Information Security and Intelligence with a concentration in digital forensics from Ferris State University. Additionally, he has earned multiple industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Encase Certified Examiner (EnCe). He also has a professional investigator license in Michigan.

For more information about the National Cyber Summit, visit www.nationalcybersummit.com/.

For more information about Walsh information technology degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Faculty Contribute to 2019 Technology in Industry Report

TROY, Mich., May 2, 2019 — Walsh IT/Decision Sciences department chair and assistant professor Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP and associate professor Christopher Heiden contributed research to Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report, which was revealed on April 29, 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Schippers’ research focused on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and cybersecurity of cyber physical systems on the manufacturing line. Heiden contributed data protection research related to cybersecurity in IIoT.

The report, titled “Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation,” is a guide to Industry 4.0 implementation and includes research from Michigan and Canadian universities and corporate insights, with a goal of helping manufacturers succeed in the rapidly changing Industry 4.0 landscape.

“Cyber physical systems, which are sometimes referred to as smart devices, add a level of new complexity to cybersecurity,” said Schippers. “Data needs to be protected, but so do physical devices and their ability to perform. When you consider that cyber physical systems include medical monitoring devices, autonomous vehicle systems, manufacturing machinery, and smart grids, cybersecurity is truly about protecting our modern way of life.”

Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and was the first college in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity. Walsh’s information technology degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is available to Automation Alley members free of charge. For more information about Walsh’s degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Introduces Cutting-Edge IT Curriculum

Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department’s new leadership team includes Dave Schippers, Thomas Petz and Christopher Heiden, three professionals with decades of diverse experience in information technology who are enhancing curriculum with unique hands-on learning experiences to prepare graduates for careers in cybersecurity, automotive cybersecurity, business information systems and more.

“We’ve developed curriculum that blends academic theory and rigor with extensive hands-on development of critical skills. Walsh is the only school in Michigan to offer an experience like our Attack and Defend course, where teams attack and defend a mock business infrastructure in a controlled environment,” said Schippers. “Our graduates leave Walsh ready to enter the IT workforce, all the way up to the federal level.”

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Schippers has 20 years of experience in information technology, cybersecurity and project management. He spearheaded Walsh’s new Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, which is available within the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program.

Associate Professor Petz has 20 years of IT experience and in 2015 was named the Keith A. Pretty Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year from the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education. He is helping to revitalize core programming courses in Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate IT degrees and specializations.

Associate Professor Heiden brings 20 years of experience in information technology, digital marketing, and database technologies and is focused on expanding Walsh’s data sciences degree concentration.

Walsh was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD). Our IT degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards. For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences program, visit www.walshcollege.edu or call 800-WALSH-01.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation Awards WIN $1.5 Million to Fund Apprentice Training Through Apprenti, Nation’s First Registered Tech Apprenticeship Program

Nationally Recognized Program Attracts, Trains, and Places Diverse Talent into Tech Roles

Today, the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) announced $1.5 million in funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to cover training costs for the first 100 apprentices accepted into the Apprenti program over the next three years. The funding will cover the intensive, front-end training associated with Apprenti, the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program that recruits, trains, and places women, veterans, and people of color into tech roles.

“Information technology skills building is increasingly important to employers across industries in Michigan,” said Michele Economou Ureste, executive director at WIN. “Apprenti provides a proven and reliable pathway for traditionally underrepresented populations to gain training, certifications, and job placement. This aligns with WIN’s ongoing efforts to help employers with workforce development solutions to close skills gaps widely recognized across the region.”

Apprenti, which was started in Seattle by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) in 2016, launched in Detroit late last year as part of its national expansion. Nationally, the program has received nearly 6,000 applications and placed over 200 apprentices into tech positions. Apprenti’s national employer partners include Amazon, Microsoft, Avvo, Comtech, F5 Networks, Accenture, and Silicon Mechanics, where apprentices earn an average salary of $51,000. The jobs include web developer, software developer, network security administrator, systems administrator, cloud support specialist, data center technician and IT support professional.

“Our country’s tech industry has two big problems: we don’t have enough talent to fill jobs, and there’s very little diversity. Through Apprenti, our goal is to solve both challenges,” said Jennifer Carlson, executive director of Apprenti. “Today’s funding announcement ensures that our apprentices in southeast Michigan get the training they need without having to pay a dime.”

There were over 87,000 IT job postings in Michigan in 2017, and finding qualified talent remains the top challenge facing the growing technology sector in the state. To address this workforce issue in southeast Michigan, WIN has become an affiliate partner with Apprenti to bring the nationally recognized platform, supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, to the state. Apprenti fills a critical role by closing the tech talent gap and providing opportunities for underrepresented groups to secure careers in tech.

According to WIN’s interactive, web-based Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, for every dollar invested in an information technology apprentice, employers receive on average $9.44 in return on investment for an apprentice. This translates into more than $40,000 saved in year one of the apprenticeship. In addition, the occupations developed for apprenticeship through the Apprenti program are in demand across all industries. In 2017, there were over 13,000 job postings for software developers in advanced manufacturing, with similar numbers in both the healthcare and financial industries in southeast Michigan. WIN is currently in discussions with employers from all three of those industries to make apprenticeships a part of their long-term talent strategies.

The partnership with Apprenti is part of WIN’s apprenticeship expansion strategy through the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI). AMCAI is a $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration with the goal of expanding registered apprenticeship opportunities through statewide innovation. AMCAI covers 30 counties in southeast Michigan and is comprised of seven community colleges in the region — Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College — along with many local and regional corporate and workforce and economic development partners, including the Michigan Works! Agencies.

WIN is also working with Ann Arbor SPARK and Michigan Works! Southeast to establish a pilot program in Washtenaw County. Employer partnerships are currently in development, and WIN hopes to start a cohort this summer.

For more information about Apprenti in Southeast Michigan – including how to apply – please visit ApprentiCareers.org or contact John Sullivan at john.sullivan@winintelligence.org or by calling (313) 580-6548.


ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (WIN)
The mission of the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is to help cultivate a cohesive talent system by facilitating data-driven workforce solutions to ensure responsiveness to changing labor market demands. WIN is a partnership of 10 community colleges and 6 Michigan Works! Agencies in southeast Michigan. WIN’s mission is to cultivate a comprehensive and cohesive talent system to ensure employers find the workers they need for success. WIN specializes in fostering collaboration among talent partners, including workforce development, community colleges, four-year post-secondary institutions, K-12 schools, economic development organizations, government, community based organizations, employers, and others.

ABOUT APPRENTI
Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship program powered by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Apprenti trains future tech workers with an emphasis on underrepresented groups including women, minorities and veterans. Apprenti is an industry recognized, state and federally accredited program. Apprentices receive two to five months of full-time, industry recognized training before beginning one-year of paid on-the-job training with one of the program’s hiring partners. The program is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) ApprenticeshipUSA contract and a grant from the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), with support from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and JP Morgan Chase. For more information on how to apply, donate or become a hiring partner, please visit www.ApprentiCareers.org.

New Destination Detroit Video Showcases Regional Collaboration

Destination Detroit is North America’s premier regional business attraction team. The regional initiative brings together all the resources of one of America’s fastest growing locations. Learn more about Destination Detroit by watching the video below:

Led by the Detroit Regional Chamber, Destination Detroit is operated in partnership with the region’s principal economic development agencies:

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Livonia based IT Consulting company, Tegrit, fills difficult role for an Application Consulting Engineer for a growing Engineering Software firm in metro Detroit

Tegrit was hired by a German based engineering software company located here in the Metro Detroit area. The engineering software company was looking for an individual who had a strong background working with electrical engineering software and who could demonstrate to various manufacturing companies the advantages of using their specific product.

The client provided the following positive testimonial:

‘I recently decided to place my first recruitment with TEGRIT after meeting one of their account managers on a networking event. I was amazed how fast the team was able to identify a possible candidate that was meeting all of the formal criteria I had put out there. I honestly was only expecting some to be met. In addition, the candidate turned out to be a perfect fit for our team, nicely blending into our business culture. I already see initial payback after only three months. I am excited to see if TEGRIT can keep up with their own standard once we start filling our next position.’
– Thomas E. – CFO

IPS Technology Services Rolls Out 2014 Marketing Strategy with a Gold Membership at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Troy– February 5, 2014 – As the business continues to grow, IPS Technology Services has developed a 2014 marketing plan designed to maximize the company’s exposure within southeast Michigan’s manufacturing and small business sectors. As a part of this strategy, IPS Technology Services has increased its level of membership at the Detroit Regional Chamber to the highest level offered: Gold Membership.

Gold Members of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce enjoy the highest level of exposure and recognition within the chamber’s networking community.

According to Pradip Sengupta, president and CEO of IPS, IPS Technology Services has developed a marketing strategy to move [the company] forward in 2014.

“We fully support what the Chamber is doing within our region to promote the growth and success of second-stage companies like ours,” says Sengupta, “ We look forward to utilizing the opportunities afforded by our Gold Membership in conjunction with the other phases of our marketing plan to allow us greater recognition throughout southeast Michigan.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

IPS Technology Services Adds a Project Manager to Their Growing Team

Troy– November 19, 2013 – IPS Technology Services recently hired project manager Carol Christensen to coordinate upcoming projects for their growing business.

Christensen—who holds advanced degrees from Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University—brings to IPS Technology Services years of experience in consulting, training, and managing large-scale projects for companies in the automotive, manufacturing and advanced education industries. As IPS Technology Services wins projects in these industries in the coming months, Christensen’s skill-set will prove to be quite valuable.

“The addition of Carol to our team indicates a continued period of growth at IPS Technology Services,” says Pradip Sengupta, President and CEO, “We are happy to share the news of our success as we add valuable, skilled professionals to our company.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.