NCG Launches Academic Partnership with NMU

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Northcross Group (NCG) has announced an academic partnership with Northern Michigan University (NMU). The partnership will help to develop cybersecurity skills in the next generation of cyber professionals by instilling NCG's business centric and system risk management approach to security through internship opportunities and contributions to NMU's cybersecurity  initiatives, including academic programs and the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute. 

NCG, a leader in cybersecurity services that support companies navigating through vast and complex challenges while maintaining a business edge, will provide internship and career development opportunities for NMU students and graduates.  NCG has a robust virtual service delivery platform that will provide interns with hands-on client experience, and engagement with cyber experts across the county.

NCG will provide internship opportunities that will expose students to a cybersecurity approach based on total business value that scales and prioritizes efforts to meet the unique circumstances of each business given its industry, complexity and size.

“Cybersecurity needs to be a core foundational element for every business, but one size does not fit all,” said Chris Bender, president of NCG.  “We are very excited to work with NMU students and faculty on finding the best ways to scale and apply cybersecurity practices for companies of all types and sizes.  We are also looking forward to exercising NCG's virtual platforms and tooling to enable those starting on their cyber careers to work with clients regardless of location--from across the Upper Peninsula to around the globe.”

"Northern is thrilled to welcome the Northcross Group team to Marquette as a key partner in growing the Upper Peninsula's cyber and digital economy ecosystem," said David Nyberg, director of corporate engagement at Northern Michigan University. “We look forward to building on this academic partnership to leverage NCG's extensive experience along with Northern's cybersecurity academic programs, the U.P. Cybersecurity Institute, and the U.P. Cybersecurity Talent Consortium to achieve mutual objectives in solving complex business challenges and advancing digital opportunity here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan."

To support work with the university and establish a presence in the local business community, NCG will be opening an office in downtown Marquette. The new office will provide opportunities to build relationships between NCG and local businesses, as well as being conveniently located near the NMU campus.

Northcross Group, with offices in Portland, Maine, Arlington, Va., and soon in Marquette, Mich., has been successfully orienting large and small companies through systems integration and cybersecurity for more than a decade. To learn more about NCG, its products and services, visit or contact

For more information on the U.P. Cybersecurity Institute at NMU, visit To learn more about NMU's information assurance/cyber defense academic program, visit

NCG contributed most of the content for this story.

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Kristi Evans
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