North American International Cyber Summit Goes Virtual, Offers Free Registration

The 2020 North American International Cyber Summit, hosted by the state of Michigan, will bring together experts to address cybersecurity issues impacting business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement, and personal use as remote work continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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The 2020 North American International Cyber Summit will go virtual this year and offer free registration. Stock photo

The 2020 North American International Cyber Summit, hosted by the state of Michigan, will bring together experts to address cybersecurity issues impacting business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement, and personal use as remote work continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conducted in a virtual format due to the virus from Oct. 7-8, the event, which is in its ninth year, will offer morning sessions that the organizers say will deliver all of the benefits of an in-person event. Also new this year, registration is free for all participants.

“While this year’s event will look a little different, it may be the most important gathering of cybersecurity professionals we’ve had,” says Brom Stibitz, chief information officer for the state of Michigan. “With the entire world moving rapidly to an online environment, cyber protection is paramount. Attendees of our event will be a part of critical discussions about the cybersecurity issues threatening our businesses and communities.”

Presenters, including internationally recognized keynote speakers, from the public and private sectors will address emerging trends, new technology, and best practices. The event will offer information for individuals, families, and professionals. Presenters from across the country will also lead breakout sessions.

Prior to the summit, the High School Cyber Challenge will take place. The first, second, and third place teams will be announced at the summit. The challenge tests Michigan students’ skills in information technology, computer science, and cybersecurity in a two-round statewide competition. Each team has three students.

Students who qualify to compete in round two will be awarded a voucher to complete the CompTIA Security+ Bootcamp and Certification Exam. Students who pass the exam will receive a CompTIA Security+ certification, a globally recognized security credential approved by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Registration for the summit and more information are available here. The site will be updated as speakers are added.