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Merit – Incident Response Workshop

January 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Deadline:                          January 20, 2020



Location:            WMCAT – 614 First St NW, Suite #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Duration:         ½ day (4 hours) | Friday, January 24 (8:00am – 12:00pm)
Delivery:           This course will be taught live + remote online by Dr. Joe Adams, Merit Network VP of Research & Cybersecurity
(Participants are invited to please co-locate at WMCAT for synchronous instruction.)
Cost:                    $375 per person

Internet access will be provided; Participants are encouraged to bring their own computer/device (BYOD) or other note taking solution.



Training Level: Beginner to Advanced (all skill levels)
CPEs Earned:     4


Learning Objectives:

The objective for this workshop is to learn how to implement cost effective cybersecurity solutions within your organization:

  • Risk and Cyber Security Frameworks
  • Implementation of Risk Management
  • Use of Open Source Security Tools
  • Information Sharing and Threat Intelligence
  • Getting back to basics to improve Cyber Security posture



Course Description:

Incident Response (IR) plans provide instructions for responding to a number of potential scenarios, including data breaches, denial of service/distributed denial of service (DoS/DDoS) attacks, firewall breaches, virus or malware outbreaks, and insider threats. Without an incident response plan in place, organizations may either not detect an attack in the first place, or not follow proper protocol to contain the threat and recover from it when a breach is detected.

An incident response plan can benefit an enterprise by outlining how to minimize the duration of – and damage from – a security incident, as well as identifying participating stakeholders, streamlining forensic analysis, hastening recovery time, reducing negative publicity, and ultimately increasing the confidence of corporate executives, owners, and shareholders.

Merit will assist each participant in building an Incident Response Plan. Those without an IR plan should plan to take notes and build the template for their IR plan. Mature organizations are required to bring a copy of their current IR plan. Participants will leave with a drafted Incident Response plan for their organization.

This in-depth IR planning workshop is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800 framework for managing computer security incidents. This workshop meets Incident Response annual plan testing requirements and can be tailored for instruction on development and testing or tailored to power/utility companies for their regulatory NERC CIPv6.

If you are inquiring on behalf of a utility company:
Any power company that must comply with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) cybersecurity standards should attend this workshop.


Areas of Focus:

  • Incident Response Preparation
  • Identification
  • Containment
  • Eradication
  • Recover
  • Lessons learned: Completing incident documentation, performing analysis to ultimately learn from incident, and potentially improve future response efforts


Who Should Attend?

Any and all cyber practitioners and compliance officers who are involved with a cyber incident response plan, including those in need of developing an incident response plan. Additionally, any professionals who are required to test an incident response plan.

Common industries & company profiles:
Emergency Managers; Accounting Firms; State & County Government Officials; Law Enforcement; Human Resources; Legal; Public Relations; Individuals from power/utility companies that have to comply with NERC CIP





WMCAT is located at the corner of First St NW and Seward Ave NW. WMCAT is the entire third floor of the building.

Parking information will be shared with registered participants prior to the event.



Please contact Anthony Tuttle, the Program Manager for The Cyber Hub at WMCAT:




January 24, 2020
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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614 First St NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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