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Merit – Security on a Shoestring Budget (Workshop)

April 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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Deadline:                          April 10, 2020



Location:            WMCAT – 614 First St NW, Suite #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Duration:           1 day (8 hours)  |  Friday, April 10 (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Delivery:             This workshop will be delivered live + remote online by Kevin Hayes, Merit Network CISO
(Participants are invited to please co-locate at WMCAT for synchronous instruction.)
Cost:                    $500 per person

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



Training Level: Novice to Beginner
CPEs Earned:     8


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:

New to InfoSec? Starting a security program with no budget? Somewhat familiar with how to keep your organization secure but not sure where to start?

Protecting your organization is getting tougher as prices for security products and services have skyrocketed over the last decade. Gartner is expecting a $170 billion growth over the next 4 years, with an average cost increase of 3% for firewall purchases; 90% of organizations will have deployed a data loss prevention tool by 2018. 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.

There are plenty of low-cost and/or no-cost solutions available to organizations that have slim budgets. 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 affordable solutions to secure your small or medium business.



Who Should Attend?

Individuals in Information Security Management at small and medium-sized businesses; Beginner to Intermediate level IT staff or departments that directly influence day to day cybersecurity standards

Common job titles for participants:
Network Admins, System Admins, Site Administrators, IT Managers, and other similar roles.





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:




April 14
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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614 First St NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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