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April 26, 2018

CyberPatriot Summer Camps

Beginner-friendly, hands-on Summer Camps for grades 6-12 who want to learn practical cyber security tech skills. CyberPatriot the #1 Cyber Security Competition across the nation celebrates it’s 11 season this fall, join one of these camp sessions to learn all about the game. Each camps session offers 5 half day sessions, from 8:30am-1pm, Mon-Friday. With cyber security training for the first four days to prepare you to go head-to-head on Friday against campers from all across the country! Games, prizes, snacks all for a $20 registration fee.

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December 12, 2017

Midwest CISSE Chapter designated as newest CyberPatriot Center for Excellence

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program Office announced that the Midwest CISSE Chapter (MCISSE) has just been designated as its newest CyberPatriot Center for Excellence. University of Detroit Mercy is the lead institution for the MCISSE coalition.

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July 11, 2017

CyberPatriot Summer Camps

  • Battle Creek Michigan -  July 17-21, 2017
  • Detroit Mercy -  July 31-Aug 4th, 2017  

March 14, 2016

SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge - July 25-29, 2016 at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan (Detroit area)

The Challenge is a unique hands-on experience for high school (16 yrs. and older) and college students – working on real cars with the auto engineers who design these highly embedded systems. It is an immersive week long camp where students learn about vehicle CAN bus architecture, reverse engineering and how to plan and conduct an assessment. It is free to students – all we ask is they arrive in Detroit and we take care of their local transportation, accommodations and meals. We have STEM educators and facilitators engaged on each team to create a productive learning environment. We are looking for highly motivated and curious students and wondering if you would circulate our student recruitment information to your members and communities.

March 11, 2016

Start with Security: A Guide for Business

When managing your network, developing an app, or even organizing paper files, sound security is no accident. Companies that consider security from the start assess their options and make reasonable choices based on the nature of their business and the sensitivity of the information involved. Threats to data may transform over time, but the fundamentals of sound security remain constant. As the Federal Trade Commission outlined in Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business, you should know what personal information you have in your files and on your computers, and keep only what you need for your business. You should protect the information that you keep, and properly dispose of what you no longer need. And, of course, you should create a plan to respond to security incidents...

March 11, 2016

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March 11, 2016

What Legislators Need to Know About Cybersecurity

Elected and appointed officials should have a key role in cybersecurity by better understanding cyber threats, supporting agency leaders, educating citizens and championing funding for state CIOs and CISOs. However, Governing Institute research discovered that although legislators know the risks are high, many are not as involved as they could be and cybersecurity gaps remain. Learn more in this infographic.

March, 2014

CISSE presents at the DHS SSCA Forum March 2014

The DoD/DHS SSCA Education and Training Committee welcomed members of CISSE  to presented our annual conference as a possible distribution channel of course ware and curriculum that has been developed. Planning meeting will follow to allow members of the SSCA group to attend the CISSE 2014 conference in San Deigo, CA and via a web link in McLean, VA.

April, 2012

​Brad Wilkerson, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University​

The first graduate from UDM’s Information Assurance graduate program in 2004 is making good use of his Master’s degree. He was just promoted by OpTech to Director of its cyber security practice. For the complete article, follow the link below.

June, 2012

Me and my job: Matthew Dosmann, lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army

Check out the link below to see the latest, article by the UDM Information Assurance Alumni, Matt Dosman. Lieutenat Colonel, U.S. Army:

June, 2012

University of Detroit Mercy Re-Certified​

​Congrats all around, UDM was re-certified for another 5 years as a Center of Academic Excellence for the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security, June 2012.  ICSEC members, this was the first year for the new process, drop us a line if you need any help.

April, 2012

Professor Ingalsbe interviewed by Newsweek/The Daily Beast

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor Jeff Ingalsbe, Interim Director of the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies, was interviewed on Saturday morning April 14th by Newsweek / The Daily Beast reporter Winston Ross about criminals bragging on Facebook about their exploits.  Ingalsbe provided insight on the technology difficulties law enforcement faces when attempting to use Facebook as an investigative tool.  He also explained how cloud computing makes forensic investigation more difficult in these cases.”  For the complete article, follow the link below.

April, 2012

Professor Ingalsbe on Television

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor Jeff Ingalsbe, Interim Director of the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies, was interviewed with his family on Wednesday April 11th by Channel 7 Reporter Tom Wait about the dangers of mobile devices and social networking apps.  Ingalsbe provided insight on how his family addresses the risk associated with mobile devices in the 21st century. For the complete Television interview follow the link below.​

Partnership with University of Detroit Mercy and UK Knowledge Transfer Network

A partnership with University of Detroit Mercy and UK Knowledge Transfer Network has been arraigned by Dr. Shoemaker.  He is also facilitated conversations in the UK between the Ministry of Defense and Department of Trade and Industry and participants from the Software Engineering Institute and the DoD.  As a result of those discussions, De Montfort University of Leicester, England wishes to partner with UDM on research dealing with the Cyber Range they developed for their government. Jeff Ingalsbe our new Department Chair will be heading up this new research, for more information please contact him at:

December, 2010

University of Detroit Mercy  training program for cyber-law-enforcement (Cybercops)

​UDM was approved by the Department of Justice to develop a training program for cyber-law-enforcement (Cybercops), which will create curricular and courseware recommendations for that emerging area of national need. * because of budget cuts in Congress this project was not funded-back to the drawing board for UDM!
SC Magezine World Congress 2010 in New York, NY 

University of Detroit Mercy was funded $100,000 to continue their Software Assurance Project by CIC of Lousianna

The Cyber Innovation Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation located in Bossier City, Louisiana. The CIC is the anchor of a 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park and serves as catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region.
Bossier City, Louisiana is a growing community that offers its residents a great place to raise a family, find meaningful employment, and enjoy all that life has to offer. In 2009, Bossier City was ranked the Best Place to Raise a Family in Louisiana and #19th in the nation by Forbes magazine. 

Software Assurance Curriculum

A Beta version of the Software Assurance Curriculum is being tested by our Coalition and many members of the CAE's from NSA.  As part of the DoD project UDM is leading SA Curriculum has been loaded onto Ipads and distributed across the country for testing and feedback. Thanks to those of you that have participated in the DoD project.  For more information please contact

University of Detroit Mercy and U of Toledo are working on a joint Health Informatics Proposal

UDM will be rolling out their new joint degree with the Nursing School, Health Informatics, a big cheer for Rita Barrios for all her hard work making this degree happen!

"Making the Business Case for Software Assurance"

"Making the Business Case For Software Assurance", written for DHS by Nancy Mead of SEI with the help of our own Jeff Inglasbe and Dan Shoemaker. 

University of Detroit Mercy  would like to announce year two of the DoD project was funded and awarded

This year's funding is to develop Course material and tools for incorporating Software Assurance into the current Computer Education.  This will be done by mapping the missing elements that make up Software Assurance with the curricular standards found in CC2005, assembled by ACM, IEEE, and AIS.  Members of the coalition that would like to work on this years project, please contact

University of Detroit Mercy awarded contract with Tacom and Perot Systems

University of Detroit Mercy would like to announce their awarded contract with Tacom and Perot Systems for $800,000 to study and develop a repository of Software Assurance Educational literature, tools and technologies, known as the SSARS Repository housed at the University's Information Assurance Labs. Dan Shoemaker and Jeff Inglasbe will be lead on this project, while  members of this coalition have been chosen to work on this project from U of T and LCC. Sept. 2008 - Sept. 2009)

December, 2010

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) has broadened its Detroit operations with the opening of a new office in Detroit, Michigan

​Detroit, Michigan -  Located in Detroit Techtown, this new office will support CTC’s ongoing work in vehicle power and mobility, and advanced energy systems.  CTC's Detroit office address is 440 Burroughs Street, Detroit, MI 48202.

CISSP On-line training Offered by ICSEC - $850.00 

Includes:  CD-Rom and on-line course,  training demonstrations, labs, test prep, study guides and 1 year of educational support. Send an e-mail to register for the class: You will receive a pay-pal invoice, that you can simply click on to securely pay for the class.

February, 2008

Winners of the First Annual Michigan/Ohio Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition a Success

​​Teams of students from 7 different two-year and four-year public and private institutions across Michigan and Ohio participated in a spirited competition where they built and then defended data networks. This event was held Feb. 15-18 at ICSEC member institution Eastern Michigan University. The exercise gave all of the students involved a practical understanding of the difficulties involved in defending computer networks in the real-world.

According to Washtenaw Community College CIS Program Manager Neil Gudsen, the element that sets this competition apart from others was that the competitors had to build a complete defensive strategy rather than just attempt an offensive attack, “It was patterned after an exercise that took place at West Point about three years ago and is the ultimate test of skills in computer security. Teams were required to create a network that simulated an actual business network and then defend it from hackers while responding to constantly changing business scenarios and new challenging attack vectors.”
The first place team trophy went to Baker College of Flint.  Second and third place finishers were JacksonCommunity College, and ICSEC member Washtenaw Community College, respectively. Both Baker College and Jackson Community College will advance to the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition to be held in Palos Hills, Illinois March 16-18, 2007.  Good luck and congratulations to all!
The competition was the collaborative effort of Washtenaw Community College, Eastern MichiganUniversity, ICSEC, and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA).  Sponsors also included the National Science Foundation (NSF), CISCO Networks, EDS, CDW-G, Verizon Business, Infragard of Michigan, Physiguard, Cyber Defense Education, Compsat Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Access Data Inc.