LANSING – The 2020 North American International Cyber Summit, scheduled for Oct. 7-8, will be completely virtual and fully interactive, delivering all the benefits of an in-person event, while ensuring the health and safety of our presenters and participants. Also new this year, registration is free for all participants.

In the ninth year of the cyber summit, the state of Michigan will bring together experts from across the globe to address a variety of cybersecurity issues impacting the worlds of business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement, and personal use.

“While this year’s event will look a little different, it may be the most important gathering of cybersecurity professionals we’ve had,” said Michigan Chief Information Officer Brom Stibitz. “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.”

Highly respected speakers from the public and private sectors will address emerging trends, new technology, and best practices. The virtual event is open to the public and will feature information for individuals, families, educators, business professionals, law enforcement, and government officials.

The summit agenda will feature internationally recognized keynote speakers, as well as experts from across the country to lead breakout sessions on a variety of industry topics.

Michigan is recognized as a national leader in cybersecurity, and the cyber summit serves as a platform for regional, national, and international thought leadership.

Preparing the next generation of cyber professionals, the High School Cyber Challenge will take place prior to the summit and first, second, and third place teams will be announced at the 2020 summit. The challenge tests Michigan high school students’ skills in information technology, computer science, and cybersecurity in a two-round statewide competition. Each team consists of three high school students and begins with a round of exercises designed to test their knowledge of computer science and information technology.

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

Registration for the 2020 North American International Cyber Summit is open and participation is free.

To learn more information about the summit, visit the official cyber summit website. The site will be continually updated as speakers are added.