SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) — The 2013 Michigan Cyber Summit hosted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will bring together experts to discuss ways to defend business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement and individuals against cyber-attacks and take advantage of opportunities in the cyber security industry.

The event will take place Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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A follow-up to the sold out Michigan Cyber Summit 2011, which served as the national launch of the October 2011 National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the conference will kick off with opening remarks by Snyder.

He will be followed throughout the day by recognized speakers and experts from around the country, providing solutions during five tracks on business, education, home users and families, law enforcement and government.

Specifically, the summit will tackle critical topics dealing with keeping kids safe online, the Michigan Cyber Command Center, risks for home users, Bring Your Own Device concerns in the workplace, identity theft, Michigan’s cyber disruption strategy and cybercrime.

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The Summit is a partnership between various levels of local, state and federal government such as the Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition, State of Michigan Office of the Governor and the National Governors Association as well as many private partners.

The State of Michigan has long been a national leader when it comes to cyber security, having placed a high emphasis on protecting the state’s computer systems and networks. The centralized technology model within state government places Michigan in a strong position to implement security efforts.

In addition, the Michigan Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MI-ISAC) was established to address the state’s cyber security readiness and critical infrastructure coordination.

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The cost to attend is $35 per person and includes lunch. For more information or to register, visit, or call (248) 353-0735.