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Merit – Security on a Shoestring Budget Workshop

June 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

WMCAT is proud to sponsor Merit’s Security on a Shoestring (Budget) workshop on June 11, 2019!


REGISTER HERE! This workshop is FREE and limited to the first 20 registrants. Limit 2 attendees per organization.


New to InfoSec? Somewhat familiar with how to keep your organization secure but not sure where to start? Join Kevin Hayes – CISO of Merit Network, Inc. – for this FREE half-day introduction to cyber security.

With the cost of security products and services skyrocketing, how can organizations afford to protect themselves? Larger organizations are able to purchase the necessary equipment and hire security staff, but small and medium sized businesses have difficulty keeping up. Hackers are very aware of this trend and are now targeting these smaller organizations with gaps in their security plan in the hopes of pulling off a successful breach.

Security on a Shoestring aims to help you secure your environment(s) and improve your cybersecurity posture by equipping you with effective low-cost solutions for the common cybersecurity issues all organizations face. We will be focusing on learning the (mostly) free, open-source intelligence and security tools you may not know, as well as helping you implement:
– Security Frameworks
– Implementation of Risk Management
– Information Sharing and Threat Intelligence


Who Should Attend:
Beginner to Intermediate level IT staff or departments that directly influence day to day cybersecurity standards.


Coffee and a light continental-style refreshments will be served in the morning. Lunch will be served in the afternoon.


The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) is located at 614 First Street NW (corner of First St NW and Seward Ave NW on the near westside). WMCAT is the entire third floor of the building.

Parking Options:
There is a ramp connected to the building (fee to park, not managed by WMCAT). Enter the ramp on Seward Ave NW (just south of First St) and go straight up to the second floor. There is an entrance to the building on the northeast corner of the second floor of the ramp. Enter here, follow the WMCAT signs, and take the stairs or elevator up to third floor.

There is limited street parking on First St NW and Seward Ave NW (some spaces metered and some not).

There are DASH lots on Seward Ave NW near Lake Michigan Drive ($2 a day).

Also, if attendees are coming from within downtown offices they can ride the DASH bus for free. The DASH West route drops off at Bridge St NW and Seward Ave NW, very close to our building.

If parking on street, DASH lot or taking the DASH, enter building at main entrance on First St NW and take elevator or stairs up to third floor.



June 11, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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614 First St NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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