Pinckney Cyber Range Hub transforms into new security operations center

The Pinckney Cyber Training Institute (PCTI) is adding to the current Michigan Cyber Range Hub with a ​Security Operations Center (SOC) to provide better public entity cybersecurity defense.

Cybersecurity attacks against public entities including municipalities, court systems and public school systems are increasing at an alarming rate across Michigan and the nation as a whole. Oftentimes, these entities do not have the technical infrastructure, human resources or available capital to mitigate cybersecurity risks and build a robust defensive strategy. This SOC will promote cybersecurity education within​ any public institution​ while building a technical workforce talent pipeline, and at the same time serve to strengthen our public and private sector’s security posture. This initiative is all-inclusive, offering network monitoring for hospitals, schools, municipalities, townships and even small businesses.

Pinckney students enrolled in the ​Middle College​ and ​Career Inclusion​ Programs for Cybersecurity, as well asNovacoast, Inc. play active roles in round-the-clock monitoring and management of the SOC. Unique to this program, this will be the first time any institution has provided live SIEM monitoring in a public school setting.

“​We here in Pinckney Community Schools are extremely excited to have this opportunity to partner withNovaCoast in creating such a valuable learning experience and service for our students and community” said Rick Todd, superintendent of the Pinckney Community Schools District. “This initiative is just another example of our willingness to be innovative and adaptive as we continue to reshape the educational landscape that not only provides relevant training, but more importantly, addresses a serious need for our business partners and municipalities as protecting essential data is paramount in establishing trust and security amongst all stakeholders.”

Novacoast Inc. will provide the critical technology necessary for the program, as well as initial training efforts.

“I am very excited to be partnering with Pinckney Community Schools on this project,” said Paul Anderson, CEO of Novacoast, Inc. “This is an opportunity to create the first fully functioning Security Operation Center (SOC) inside a public school and will enable a unique learning opportunity to train young students, adult learners and possibly veterans as well. The services that the SOC will provide will help municipalities throughout the state of Michigan to improve their security posture, while at the same time train security analysts that will fill critical jobs in a field with a severe shortage of qualified people. Students will learn best practices in cyber security and build the foundation for cybersecurity teams of the future. It truly is a win/win for everyone who is involved,”

“The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) believes that this will enhance the state’s cybersecurity posture,” said Sarah Tennant, sector development director and cyberinitiatives for MEDC. “The Pinckney Cyber Training Institute continues to amaze me with their forward thinking approach tocybersecurity education. The new Security Operation Center program is another great example ofcybersecurity innovation in education in Michigan that will help to foster the development of a highly trained inclusive cybersecurity workforce. The partnership between Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Novacoast Inc. is a testament to the collaborative ecosystem needed between industry and education to drive forward solutions to fill the cybersecurity skills gap,.”

It is PCTI’s hope that SOC enhances their cybersecurity training programs by including job-ready skills, while at the same time assisting public entities with the improvement of their security position. To learn more about the program, or how your organization might benefit from the SOC, contact David Mayne at​ or (805) 284-230​3.

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