Cybersecurity: Business Growth in the U.P.
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Historically, the U.P. economy has been comprised mostly of timber, mining, and tourism. Recent history, however, shows that manufacturing and technology are fast becoming economic drivers across the U.P. This is due to a burgeoning economy, technological advancement, and increasing entrepreneurship. These drivers create another focus for new and expanding U.P. businesses; cybersecurity. Currently, most small business owners typically see cybersecurity as a standard that large companies must adopt to operate and to thrive in today’s business environment. In fact, cybersecurity compliance applies to all businesses, regardless of size.
Enter the Michigan Cyber Range Network: developed by former Gov. Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Center (MEDC) to brand the U.P. and the entire state of Michigan as a robust cybersecurity community. Two new Cyber Range Hubs, located in Marquette and Flint, have recently been added to the statewide initiative. These cyber hubs help to establish Michigan as the national epicenter for security training and workforce development; hosting events, exercises, and training classes. Statewide hubs operate as a physical extension of the Michigan Cyber Range, the nation’s largest unclassified cyber range.
“Michigan is focused on creating innovative solutions to prevent and respond to cyber threats, including building a holistic ‘cyber ecosystem’ in which both the public and private sectors work collaboratively,” said Sarah Tennant, strategic advisory in cyber initiatives at the MEDC. “These new hubs will continue the development of a robust cybersecurity community focused on connecting the interests of the cyber, automotive, defense and aerospace industries.” 
The continued push to develop a cybersecurity community will position Michigan, and especially the U.P., to be a leader in driving the next generation of cyber protections and in training a workforce that will be able to support cyber initiatives across many industries.
 K. Achtenberg, “Gov. Snyder Announces New Cyber Hubs at NMU and UofM-Flint”, MEDC Press release, 29 Oct 2018.
A. Elisabeth Tolsdorf is the author of this article and the Director of NIST SP 800-171 Compliance for Hawk Technologies, a woman-owned firm located in Houghton, Michigan. Hawk is the upper Midwest’s primary source for NIST SP 800-171 Compliance services. Additional information about NIST SP 800-171 and Hawk’s CAD services capabilities can be found at www.hawktechinc.com