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Brennan Tells WJR Internet Advisor Listeners About Cyber Week In Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – Mike Brennan, editor of MiTechNews, was formally invited by the Israeli government to cover the prestigious CyberWeek 2017 at Tel Aviv University starting June 25.  7,000 participants from 48 countries have gathered in Israel this week to discuss tactics and technology of cybersecurity.  Mike will report all week long from his website but he joined Internet Advisor on Saturday June to give listeners to the Internet Advisor on WJR the scope of this major cybersecurity conference.


Podcast 1724 Mike Brennan Cyberweek 2017

US-Israel Form Bilateral Cyber Working Group To Thwart Hackers More Quickly

Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announces US-Israeli bilateral cyber security working group at Tel Aviv University, on Monday.

TEL AVIV, Israel – A senior official in the White House announced Monday at the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University that the United States and Israel had formed a bilateral cyber working group that would “stop adversaries before they can get into our networks and hold bad actors accountable.”

The announcement was made by Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. The United States will be represented by Rob Joyce, Cyber Security Coordinator to President Trump, and Evyatar Mataya, Head of the Israeli Cyber Bureau. The details will be worked out this week during a series of meetings in Tel Aviv, the site the 7th annual Cyber Week, an Israeli inspired conference of world cyber leaders. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan is providing coverage of the conference as a guest of Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Bossert said the goal of the bilateral cyber working group is to work closely with Israeli government and cyber security businesses that are noted for their agility and innovation and take that knowledge back to America. The broad strokes include working together to identify cyber issues, advanced cyber security research and development, workforce development and other possible international cooperation. The end product will be to identify best practices. He added: “A safer more secure Internet is within our reach.”

A heady goal indeed. World governments and businesses are struggling to keep hackers of all shades – from cyber criminals to nation states – from penetrating their computer networks for nefarious purposes, ranging from harvesting intellectual property and financial information to bringing down vital infrastructure, such as power grids, water treatment facilities, transportation systems and much more. But it has been the hackers who have been more agile and able to infiltrate computer networks around the globe, while governments, business and even individuals try to prevent them from doing so.

Israel has had a long history – in Internet terms – in developing cyber security mitigation and remediation tools and strategies. As early as 2003, the Israeli government identified vulnerabilities in connecting its power grid to the Internet and figured out ways to keep it safe from hackers, Professor Issac Ben Israel – Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Center, said in a press briefing on Sunday. Ben Israel said since Israel was a first mover, it has held a strategic and knowledge advantage over its adversaries.

On Monday Mataya, Head of the Israeli Cyber Bureau, in another press briefing, said the fact that Israel is a very small country (the size of New Jersey) with a population of about 8.5 million people and constantly under cyber attack or threat of attack from not only its nearby Arab neighbors, but also nation states elsewhere in the world, has been forced to develop cyber security defenses quickly and has done so in collaboration with private Israeli industry – one of the reasons why Israel is home to hundreds of cyber security companies, including well-known Check Point, a 24-year-old company that produces products that protect computer networks and generates some $1.7 billion a year in revenue.

It’s this type of public-private cooperation that the United States seeks to better understand to help make its cyber defenses more responsive to the ever changing threats posed by bad actors around the world, and even inside the United States, Bossert said. A second aim of the bilateral cooperation pact is to better attribute where attacks are coming from so that punitive measures can be levied against the perpetrators, he said.

Coverage from Cyber Week and the private press tour of Israel’s cyber security infrastructure will continue this week. Day two of Cyber Week is Tuesday followed by a tour of Beer Sheba, Isreal’s equivalent of California’s Silicon Valley on Wednesday. Be sure to click on www.mitechnews.com for full coverage from Cyber Week.

MITechNews.Com Editor & Publisher Mike Brennan will be in Israel through Friday to provide complete coverage of Cyber Week 2017.

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Fair

Renewable Energy Fair. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) will be hosting an Energy Fair, where homeowners, farmers and business will learn about the full range of renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services offered by solar, wind and geothermal businesses. Workshops will be offered to explain how solar panels produce electricity and why investing in a renewable energy system is a sound financial investment.

This takes place Sunday, June 25 at Northwestern Michigan College, Aero Park Laboratories, 2525 Aero Park Dr, Traverse City, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.


To purchase tickets go to www.micleanenergyconference.org and look under the ‘Buy Ticket’ Tab.  One ticket gets the whole family into the Energy Fair on Sunday!

M2 TechCast June 26: Brennan At Cyber Week Israel, WIN Connected Vehicle Social Network Analysis, Brophy On BizCon 2017 Speaker

ROYAL OAK – On M2 TechCast Monday June 26, Co-host Mike Brennan will phone in from Israel, where he will be covering the 7th International Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. Tricia Walding if the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan will outline WIN’s recently released Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis. Keith Brophy, State Director of the Michigan SBDC, will be speaking with Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman of GDI Infotech and CEO of InfoReady Corp.  Bhushan is also co-chair of BBM BizCon 2017, a conference taking place on July 6 in Grand Rapids.

M2 (Squared) TechCast airs live from 3 to 4 pm each Monday at www.podcastdetroit.com. You can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/

STEM Careers In Michigan – An Opportunity For The State’s Economy

GRAND RAPIDS – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is partnering with the Michigan STEM Partnership and Inforum on a the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’ initiative to collect and share videos from STEM professionals to enable student awareness of, and encourage student participation in, STEM career opportunities.

Listen as host, Melissa Birnie, interviews MTAM’s CEO, Linda Daichendt, about this new initiative, its purpose and its plans.

To listen, click on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mtam/2017/06/22/stem-careers-in-michigan–an-opportunity-for-the-states-economy-1

Driverless Bus To Serve University Of Michigan North Campus This Fall

ANN ARBOR – Starting this fall, students at the University of Michigan will have access to an entirely new form of transportation in the form of this adorable, completely autonomous shuttle bus.

The university plans to deploy two of the shuttles, manufactured by French startup Navya, to service a two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the North Campus Research Complex on Plymouth Road. The shuttle can carry a maximum of 15 passengers, and lacks a steering wheel or pedals. The vehicles are being deployed in partnership with Mcity, the university’s 32-acre testing facility automakers and tech startups often test their self-driving cars.

“This first-ever automated shuttle service on campus is a critical research project that will help us understand the challenges and opportunities presented by this type of mobility service and how people interact with it,” said Huei Peng, director of Mcity and a professor of mechanical engineering, in a statement.

Anne Arbor won’t be the first city to feature Navya’s driverless shuttles. The French company has autonomous vehicles on the roads in London and Las Vegas. In both cases, Navya offered trips in its driverless pods for free; trips in Michigan will likewise be free.

Experts predict that in the future, most people will encounter their first self-driving vehicle in a geofenced setting much like at the University of Michigan. This allows for more accurate mapping, which in turn leads to more accurate driving. As the technology improves, self-driving cars will be able to drive confidently in wider geographic areas. But the need to start small underpins the skepticism that many people still have toward self-driving vehicles.

Michigan has been a leader in the automotive industry, and now it wants to be a leader in the autonomous driving industry as well. Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a law allowing fully driverless cars on the roads as soon as they’re ready.

This story was published in The Verge.

IAUG Michigan Chapter Meeting
Thursday June 22
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hop Cat
300 Grove Street| East Lansing, MI 48823
This is a reminder to register for the upcoming IAUG Michigan Chapter meeting sponsored by Step CG and ScanSource.
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Register today to attend the June 22nd meeting. You do not need to be an IAUG member to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to join other Michigan area users for a day of education and networking.
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Meeting Agenda
  • Registration & Networking
  • Chapter Business Meeting & Introductions
  • Step CG Presentation
  • Not Your Mom’s IP
  • Cradlepoint Networking Solutions
  • Lunch
  • Avaya’s Fabric Networking – The Next Generation Networking Technology and IOT
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  • Networking
  • Wrap Up & Giveaways
Read more about the meeting and speakers here.
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High School Girls Take First Place at NHacks Hack-a-thon

NOVI – NHacks II, the second rendition of Michigan’s first high school hack-a-thon, came to a successful close on June 17 with a pair of female high school students rising to the top.

Victoria and Olivia Bronstein, sisters who are a Junior and a Freshman at Bloomfield High School respectively, created a web-application called ‘Math Genius’ that uses a voice-command interface to perform and store mathematical operations, all of which are searchable. The application was fully developed during the one-day student hack-a-thon event. The students won a variety of prizes including devices and services.

 The second and third place finishers were named ‘Fast Fashion’ and ‘Sports Connect’ respectively. Fast Fashion is a mobile application that used an algorithm to suggest clothes to wear based on body shape. Sports Connect, which also won the “Best .Tech Hack” award is a web-application designed for users to interact and communicate with fan communities of their favorite professional sports teams.

NHacks is at the forefront of a movement in hack-a-thons starting to reach out to high school students rather than college students and professionals who are typically targeted for participation in hack-a-thon events. The NHacks effort began in 2016 when two Novi High School sophomores decided to launch a Michigan high school-focused hack-a-thon event. This second-year event had over 120 attendees, 10 mentors and 25 sponsors including: Kettering University, Nexcess, Microsoft, Domino’s, .Tech Domain, Soylent, Mobile Technology Assn of Michigan and more.

Founders Ronit Tiwary and Min Jae You expressed gratitude to all the sponsors and mentors that made the event a success, but were especially proud of the student hackers, the majority of which had no previous programming experience, that used the power of programming and engineering to create purposeful and innovative projects. They expressed confidence that if NHacks participants are representative of the talent in Metro Detroit, then the future of technology in the area is looking bright!



Culture & Coffee: Navigating India

CULTURE & COFFEE: Navigating India
June 22 | 8:00a – 10:00a | Grand Rapids

Join GVSU’s Van Andel Global Trade Center for the second installment of the 2017 Culture & Coffee series!

Each Culture & Coffee training session will cover how-tos and best practices for doing business abroad along with cultural nuances business professionals face while traveling.

Fresh coffee and a continental breakfast will be served during each training as VAGTC believes some of the best conversations take place over a good cup of coffee!

Guest Speakers:

Ramesh Iyer, Chief Operating Officer

Nihir Bhuva, Application Development Manager

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.

To register, click on http://www.gvsu.edu/vagtc/event-view.htm?eventId=AEDC0F55-E433-922B-7ED59A4ADC70DC30

Denso Gives Blue Devil Motorsports $10,000 Grant To Fund R&D For Robotics, Thermodynamics

SOUTHFIELD – A $10,000 grant to support Blue Devil Motorsports at Lawrence Technological University was among 22 grants announced Monday by the DENSO North America Foundation, the North American philanthropic arm of the global automotive supplier DENSO.

The grants, which total nearly $1 million, fund programs providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development.

Blue Devil Motorsports fields five teams in student vehicle competitions run by SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. Kingman Yee, associate professor of engineering at LTU and faculty advisor for the SAE Collegiate Chapter at LTU, thanked DENSO for more than a decade of uninterrupted support for Blue Devil Motorsports.

“The Blue Devil Motorsports organization, students and faculty alike, is grateful for DENSO’s continued support of its activities,” Yee said. “Support from companies like DENSO is vital to the success of our student design competition teams, and encourages the students to do their best..”

“Innovation throughout the manufacturing industry will continue to produce more growth opportunities for students in skilled trades and technical fields,” said Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and executive vice president of engineering at DENSO International America Inc. “Companies will lean on this young work force for years to come, and in order to succeed we need to empower students by giving a better sense for what they’ll experience in the workplace.”

Added auto industry expert David Cole, a member of the foundation’s board: “The automotive industry relies more and more on those with expertise in fields like robotics and electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Supporting STEM education enables DENSO to develop the next generation of talent needed to fill these roles.”

Each year, Blue Devil Motorsports offers more than 100 LTU students valuable, career-enhancing experience in competitions that challenge them to tackle real-world design and engineering. These competitions are an integral part of Lawrence Tech’s engineering curriculum, which has emphasized combining “theory and practice” since the university’s inception. Nearly 30 years ago, this belief prompted Lawrence Tech to become one of the first universities in the United States to participate in the SAE collegiate design competitions.

In these year-long projects, open to all undergraduates, students work in teams similar to those they will encounter in industry. They research, design, build, and test their vehicles and aircraft, as well as raise funds and create marketing presentations. At the end of the academic year, they test their knowledge and skill against other student teams in regional and international competitions.

LTU participates in the original Formula SAE, in which students build a scaled-down Indy race car, as well as Aero Design, in which students build a large radio-controlled aircraft; Baja, for off-road vehicles; Formula Hybrid, in which students build a hybrid gas-electric race car; and Supermileage, in which students build an ultra-high-mileage vehicle.