Walsh Foundation Appoints Vicki Kamenova to Board of Directors

TROY, Mich., Aug. 5, 2020 —The Walsh Foundation announces the appointment of Vicki E. Kamenova, Partner/Principal in Ernst & Young’s cybersecurity practice, to its Board of Directors. Kamenova is a double Walsh alumna, earning her bachelor of business administration in computer information systems in 2004 and a master of science in information assurance in 2010.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Kamenova immigrated to the United States in 1999 and is considered a leader in her field. She is a strong advocate for engaging women in the information technology field and encouraging them to explore and pursue STEM career opportunities. She also volunteers with the Walsh’s mentor program and was recently named a Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Kamenova to the Walsh Foundation Board of Directors,” said Susan Foley, Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer at Walsh. “She is a trailblazer in her field and an engaged member of our alumni network. We look forward to her input as we continue transforming lives through education.”

The Walsh Foundation Board fosters private and public philanthropic support for strategic educational initiatives at Walsh while ensuring the integrity of the philanthropy program. It is staffed by Walsh employees and led by volunteers who are business, community and industry leaders.

For more information about the Walsh Foundation, visit foundation.walshcollege.edu

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, data analytics, finance, information technology, human resources, 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).

Detroit-based AaDya Security to Assist Detroit Small Businesses with Free Access to their new Cybersecurity Platform

AaDya will provide Detroit businesses with 10 or fewer employees six months of free access to Marzo4, an all-in-one cybersecurity platform featuring Judy, an innovative AI-driven virtual assistant to protect small businesses from increasing threats.

July 13, 2020, Detroit, Michigan – AaDya Security, a Detroit-based startup founded by security executive Raffaele Mautone in March of 2019, is offering their new cybersecurity platform, Marzo4, to support Detroit small businesses. The offer includes FREE access to the platform for each employee for 6 months with the remaining 6 months at the special rate of $20 per user, per month.

“I launched AaDya Security in Detroit because I believe in this city, and its future as a player in the tech space. I am passionate about helping other startups and small businesses in the city and have built that into AaDya’s core values,” explained Mautone. “As a small business serving small business customers, we know first-hand the challenges they are currently facing, including the significant increase in cyber threats. The last thing business owners should have to worry about is a breach, so we felt the best way to help was to offer our support through access to our platform and our cybersecurity expertise.”

Mautone’s vast experience with companies offering mostly enterprise-level cybersecurity solutions led him to the conclusion that there was a real need for a comprehensive solution built specifically to meet the needs and budgets of small and medium businesses.

Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the Marzo4 platform is Judy. Powered by artificial intelligence, Judy functions as a virtual cybersecurity assistant, available to every employee, across all devices, around the clock. Backed by AaDya’s customer success team, and an extensive built-in knowledge base, small businesses have access to cybersecurity support that was previously out of their reach.

“There are many cybersecurity solutions out there that are effective, but they are really geared toward the enterprise,” said Mautone. “What we’ve built with Marzo4 has everything a small business needs in one package, that’s easy to manage and implement. The reality for most small businesses is their internal IT, and especially cybersecurity resources, are limited or non-existent, so managing multiple solutions that frankly offer more than they need is neither efficient nor cost-effective.”

In addition to Judy, Marzo4 includes four essential “pillars” of protection that cover the most common threats facing small businesses.

The four pillars of protection include:

Anti phishing
Endpoint protection
Password management
Single sign on

“In addition to increasing their protection against phishing attacks, malware, ransomware and password hacking, we also designed Marzo4 to make their lives easier,” explained Mautone. “Nobody wants to remember dozens of passwords, so they default to unsafe practices to create and store them. Our solutions remove that barrier to productivity and security with our easy and secure password manager and single sign on access to the applications they use every day.”

To request a product demo and to learn more about Marzo4 and AaDya’s special offer for Detroit small businesses, customers can visit https://get.aadyasecurity.com/marzo4-detroit, email inquiries@aadyasecurity.org, or call (800) 918-9113 and reference promo code MARZO4-DET.

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About AaDya Security
Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, AaDya Security provides smart, simple, effective cybersecurity software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Marzo4, our all-in-one cybersecurity platform, powered by Judy, an interactive AI virtual assistant, is simple, affordable and provides 24/7 cybersecurity protection and intuitive customer support for companies who lack the time, expertise and capital to successfully implement these solutions on their own.

AaDya was founded by cybersecurity executive Raffaele Mautone in March 2019 with a mission to create comprehensive cybersecurity solutions that are accessible to the small and medium business customer. For more information please visit our website, AaDyasecurity.com

Walsh Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Receives National Ranking

TROY, Mich., April 2, 2020 — Walsh has ranked as having one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs by Student Training in Education and Public Service (STEPS). STEPS recognizes schools providing students with quality, affordable online learning opportunities in fields of public service. Programs were ranked based on accreditation, format and course delivery, curriculum and affordability. Walsh is one of only 50 schools to make the list and received the highest ranking of any school in Michigan.

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

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. Other recent recognition for excellence in online education includes a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., and one of the Best Online Master’s in Network Security. Walsh’s online programs provide the same curriculum as on-ground programs and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission.

View the complete list from STEPS at www.publicservicedegrees.org/online-degrees/cyber-security-programs/masters/

For more information about Walsh, 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, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, 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).

Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator launch nation’s first Industry 4.0 Accelerator

TROY, Mich., Feb. 5, 2020—A new Industry 4.0 Accelerator program—the first of its kind in the U.S.—is launching in Michigan with the goal to help small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing companies along their digital transformation journeys.

The Industry 4.0 Accelerator program—lead by Automation Alley with support services from Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator—is a $2.5 million investment fund made possible through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with $1.3 million currently available for early-stage companies as well as established firms looking to commercialize products, services or technologies within the Industry 4.0 sector.

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is known as the convergence of the digital and physical technologies disrupting industry and includes technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, 3D printing and digital twin.

“Industry 4.0 is challenging the way businesses operate around the globe. It’s no longer a question of whether your company will be affected by the digital transformation but when. We are pleased to partner with Lean Rocket Lab and LTU’s Centrepolis on the Industry 4.0 Accelerator program and are looking forward to investing in innovative companies and Michigan’s future,” said Tom Kelly, executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, a leading technology and manufacturing business association and Industry 4.0 knowledge center based in Troy, Michigan.

“The attraction, development and deployment of the best technologies will help these companies succeed and simultaneously ensure Michigan’s continued role as the epicenter of advanced manufacturing,” added Brandon Marken, founder and CEO of Lean Rocket Lab, a Jackson, Michigan-based manufacturing and tech-focused startup accelerator and incubator.

Companies involved in the program will receive direct investment and business coaching services to help spur innovation, commercialization and growth. The accelerator is also looking for larger firms and organizations to partner on this effort and support Industry 4.0 adoption for Michigan manufacturers.

Services will be customized to meet the needs of each participating company, including potential pilot and demonstration project funding support with customers and strategic partners, potential connections to product development partnerships with customers and strategic partners, individualized training and mentorship, company growth assessments, technical and business milestone progress planning, strategic plan development, assessing management team and talent needs, investment and fundraising strategy support, potential connections to investors and capital sources, shared workspace opportunities and more.

“There is simply no better location for an Industry 4.0 Accelerator than in the heart of the world’s most important advanced manufacturing market—Michigan!” said Dan Radomski, Director, Centrepolis Accelerator.

“The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is proud to support the Industry 4.0 Accelerator program,” said Nadia Abunasser, Federal and Development Projects Director for the MEDC. “The addition of this program will ensure high-tech manufacturing startups across Michigan have access to the resources they need to take their projects from ideation to commercialization, solidifying Michigan as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation while continuing to build on our manufacturing heritage.”

For more information or to apply, contact John Bedz, Automation Alley’s special programs manager, at bedzj@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. Our programs give companies a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. As a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, we connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change. Visit automationalley.com.

About Lean Rocket Lab
The Lean Rocket Lab is a Jackson, Michigan based business incubator and member of the state-wide MEDC SmartZone Business Incubator Ecosystem through an agreement with the Enterprise Group of Jackson County and the Blackman Township SmartZone. The Lab exists to offer entrepreneurial services and provides business validation, incubation and accelerator programming to manufacturing/technology focused startups and support high tech innovation in the State. Visit leanrocketlab.info.

About Centrepolis
The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University is accelerating the growth of Southeast Michigan’s advanced manufacturing, innovative hardware entrepreneurs and small manufacturers by providing access to funding, experts and key business and product development resources. Visit centrepolisaccelerator.com.

About MEDC
MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech startup companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation visit michiganbusiness.org/entrepreneurship.

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Automation Alley announces details of 2020 Technology in Industry Report and Reveal event on April 27

TROY, Mich.—February 3, 2020—Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association and Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is set to release its 2020 Technology in Industry Report, a guide to Industry 4.o implementation, at the Technology in Industry Reveal at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Monday, April 27, 2020 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The event will include a strolling breakfast and the opportunity to network with an anticipated 300 technology and manufacturing professionals as they explore the smart and connected technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

New this year are hands-on demonstration areas where attendees can experience Industry 4.0 technologies including collaborative robotics, augmented reality, digital strategy and artificial intelligence from Behco, OPS Solutions/Light Guide Systems, Worksighted, Soothsayer and other companies to be announced. Back by popular demand are a series of Tech Talks where regional and national leaders in Industry 4.0 will share their digital transformation journeys.

All attendees will receive a copy of Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, Seeing Industry 4.0 through a 2020 Lens. This year’s report will include case studies and white papers written in collaboration with academic and industry leaders on Industry 4.0 trending topics impacting companies today, including:

• The rise of AI
• 5G: An Industry 4.0 game-changer
• The convergence of IT and OT
• Building a strong supply chain with Big Data
• How Industry 4.0 transforms data regulation & protection
• The impact of digital twins
• Additive manufacturing trends
• Industry 4.0 & the global workforce
• And more

“As Automation Alley continues to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0, we are pleased to again host the Technology in Industry Reveal and discuss how these trends are impacting people, processes and technology now and in the near future,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “With rapidly evolving Industry 4.0 technologies and research, this year’s event promises to be both insightful and motivational for companies seeking a competitive edge with their own digital transformation.”

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Automation Alley Sales Manager Kristin O’Neill oneillk@automationalley.com. To register for the April 27 event, visit https://automationalley.com/techreveal.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. Our programs give companies a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. As a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, we connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Visit automationalley.com.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.
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Local Crisis Experts Stress the Importance of Building Relationships and Proactive Crisis Plans

Yesterday, the Chamber’s Your Company’s Crisis: What You Need to Know Now emphasized the importance of not only preparing for crises but having diverse teams in place that allow businesses to take immediate action before, during, and after a crisis. Expert speakers shared real-world examples of crises to showcase the importance of practicing a crisis plan and building relationships to help execute it.

Crisis readiness is a mindset, said Margarita Gurri, misbehavior expert, also known as Dr. Red Shoe. Having a plan is only beneficial if you review, practice, and prepare communications.

Most adverse situations involve the workforce. When good companies find themselves in bad situations, it is often due to poor behavior from an employee or group of employees. Companies should develop relationships early to be proactive about the inevitable nature of workforce crises.

“It’s critical to help employers identify both their internal team and external team,” said Maria Dwyer, member in charge at Clark Hill. “Internally prepare with your marketing director, the CEO, or HR person. Then the internal team would help you identify who should be a part of your external team, and that would include insurance, PR, your attorneys.”

“Avoid saying no comment,” said keynote speaker Carol Cain, senior producer and host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters,” and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. “The info will get out eventually, and it won’t go away, so be upfront as quickly as possible.”

Having resources available and being public about those resources helps companies approach crisis from the inside out, said Matt Friedman, co-founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications. Put your workforce first; they are most affected by what’s going wrong.

With increasing advancements in technology, the need for a crisis plan to protect businesses against cyberattacks is more important than ever. It’s no longer enough for businesses to protect themselves; businesses need to review the security of their partners as well.

“You’re only as secure as your weakest link,” said Rob Sayre, vice president of technology at Bedrock Detroit. “Understanding your partner’s security and having third party risk assessments is important.”

Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast reappointed to ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast has been reappointed to serve on the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. To date, she has served six one-year terms since this Task Force was created in 2012.

Task Force members are charged with examining risks posed by criminals, terrorists and nations that seek to steal personal and financial information, disrupt critical infrastructure, and wage cyberwar.

In 2017, Rast co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. Her current ABA book project, for which she is a co-author, is due to be published in early 2020 and is entitled, Cyber Incident Response Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals.

Rast, who serves as Butzel Long’s Intellectual Property Practice Department Chair, blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events in recent years, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable in working with clients to both defend against and respond to pervasive cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions.

Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, to address security, privacy, IP ownership, and new and potential regulations.

Rast is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project. This past May she moderated an environmental rule of law panel in the Netherlands at The Hague sponsored by the World Justice Forum.

She is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, data breach, eDiscovery, and social media. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online course for CPE credit.

Her memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Rehmann Named to 2019 MSSP Alert Top 200 Managed Security Services Providers List

Troy, Mich., Oct. 8, 2019: MSSP Alert, published by After Nines Inc., has named Rehmann to the Top 200 MSSPs list for 2019. The list honors the top 200 managed security services providers (MSSPs) that specialize in comprehensive, outsourced cybersecurity services.

“We are grateful to be recognized once again by MSSP Alert as one of the top managed security service providers in the world,” said Randy Rupp, CEO, Rehmann. “Businesses of all sizes face evolving cyber security challenges on a daily basis, and we are pleased to give our clients the confidence they need in the face of this changing landscape.”

The Top 200 MSSP rankings are based on MSSP Alert’s 2019 readership survey combined with aggregated third-party research. MSSPs featured throughout the list proactively monitor, manage and mitigate cyber threats for businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

Rehmann offers a fully managed suite of cybersecurity solutions to prevent, detect and remediate even the most sophisticated cyber threats.

“After Nines Inc. and MSSP Alert congratulate Rehmann on this year’s honor,” said Amy Katz, CEO of After Nines Inc. “Amid the ongoing cybersecurity talent shortage, thousands of MSPs and IT consulting firms are striving to move into the managed security market. The Top 200 list honors the MSSP market’s true pioneers.”

MSSP Alert: Top 200 MSSPs 2019 – Research Highlights

The MSSP Alert readership survey revealed several major trends in the managed security services provider market. Chief among them:

• The Top 5 business drivers for managed security services are talent shortages; regulatory compliance needs; the availability of cloud services; ransomware attacks; and SMB customers demanding security guidance from partners.
• 69% of MSSPs now run full-blown security operations centers (SOCs) in-house, with 19% leveraging hybrid models, 8% completely outsourcing SOC services and 4% still formulating strategies.
• The Top 10 cybersecurity vendors assisting MSSPs, in order of reader preference, are Fortinet, AT&T Cybersecurity, Cisco Systems, BlackBerry Cylance, Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft, SonicWall, Carbon Black, Tenable and Webroot (a Carbonite company).
• Although the overall MSSP market enjoys double-digit percentage growth rates, many of the Top 200 MSSPs have single-digit growth rates because they are busy investing in next-generation services – including managed detection and response (MDR), SOC as a Service, and automated penetration testing.

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About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has over 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

About After Nines Inc.
After Nines Inc. provides timeless IT guidance for strategic partners and IT security professionals across ChannelE2E (www.ChannelE2E.com) and MSSP Alert (www.MSSPAlert.com). ChannelE2E tracks every stage of the IT service provider journey — from entrepreneur to exit. MSSP Alert is the global voice for Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs).
• For sponsorship information contact After Nines Inc. CEO Amy Katz, Amy@AfterNines.com
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Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

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 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).