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Friday, March 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CitiZen Cyber SkillZ for Public Service and Great Justice…

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Love the cyberz, but your netcat skills are closer to butter knife than Swiss Army knife? Love being the packet, but that pre-bitmasking hydration is still a little rusty? Love CTFs, but can’t get to the bank (of coins)? That was me - I was devastated when I realized I'd never be Hax0RtheSkoudis, but I found a way to give back to the community anyway - maybe it’ll work for you!

The State of Michigan has created a Civilian Cyber Corps to address the uneven distribution of cyber need and talent (and to have fun ;) ). Qualified citizens can be part of a team who will address incidents within the state, initially for local and regional government entities. Applicants must have a basic security certification and pass a criminal background check. Regular training and assessment is provided, and there are ample opportunities to collaborate with peers. The team reports to the State CISO. Training, exercises and response activities are coordinated with the State Police, and the Air and Army National Guard. Other states are now examining this as a model for their initiaties; Come hear why!

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Ray Davidson

Ray Davidson, PhD served as dean at the SANS Technology Institute during its founding,and now leads the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, which is currently the only completely civilian, state sponsored team of incident responders in the country. He continues to serve as a mentor, subject... Read More →