Northern Michigan University's Criminal Justice Department, in cooperation with Michigan InfraGard, will host a free cybersecurity workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 8, in room 109 of Harden Hall (formerly the Learning Resources Center).
NMU alumnus and adjunct instructor Jeff Martin will give a presentation on the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, for which he serves as a digital forensics analyst, and on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Michigan State University professor Thomas Holt will examine the practices of cybercriminals operating on the Open and Dark Web through shops and forums. Saga Inc. Chief Technology Officer Tracy Cleeton will address how understanding the cybersecurity landscape is the first step toward determining which of the plethora of new security strategies and innovations are best for each company.
Martin will be teaching cyber crime at NMU this fall. He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer and personal protection detail. He has worked in the IT/IS field since graduating from NMU in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. Prior to his current position with the MSP Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Martin served more than nine years as director of information technology and security for a financial institution. He is pursuing a master's degree in information assurance and cyber security from Davenport University.
Holt's research specializes in cybercrime, terrorism, and the policy response to these challenges. Cleeton manages a team of IT managers whose focus is on delivering, securing and squeezing value from the IT assets used within the radio media company, which operates 190 stations in 27 markets.
NMU is one of three universities hosting physical locations for the meeting. All will be connected via technology.