Category Archives: Cyber Security

Duo Security Revenue Jumps 135%

ANN ARBOR — Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based information security provider, provided its first-ever revenue figures this week, reporting $73 million in annual recurring revenue for 2016, a 135 percent increase from the $31 million achieved in 2015.

This is the fourth straight year the company has more than doubled its recurring revenue and the first year the company is cash-flow positive.

Quadrupling its user base to more than five million in 2016, Duo protects more than 8,000 paying customers and manages more than six million authentication events per day.

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Baker College¹s Cyber Defense Club fixes 250 computers

FLINT TWP. — The student Cyber Defense Club at Baker College’s Flint campus can add another victory to its growing list, thanks to the great turnout for its first Computer Fix-IT.

Through the two-day event, Dec. 29-30, about 25 students and faculty members serviced more than 250 computers at no cost for approximately 150 community members. There was a line of customers before opening each day, and the students worked after hours – well beyond midnight and over the weekend – to complete servicing all the computers.

“The community challenged our students, and they excelled,” said Doug Witten, program director, cyber defense, computer science and computer information systems at Baker College of Flint. “We were able to help many who said they couldn’t afford to pay for computer services. For a handful of customers, we confirmed that their computers were no longer operational and offered to dispose of them ecologically.”

Students gained experience that will help the club retain its state cyber defense championship title this spring. They were able to work with different computers to solve a variety of problems, from installing software and hardware to ridding the machines of viruses.
In the process, they received more than $1,000 in donations that will help pay for food and snacks as the students practice a minimum of 20 hours a week for the next several months.

Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including business, health science, engineering, information technology, education and human service. For information, visit http://www.baker.edu.

M2 TechCast Features Cybersecurity, Tech Startups

ROYAL OAK — A look at cybersecurity trends for 2017, help for tech entrepreneurs, and a look at how legal cannabis could help the state’s budget woes.

That’s the lineup for the Monday, Dec. 19 M2 TechCast, live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time today at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The show will kick off with Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, with a special guest entrepreneur helped by his SBA-based organization.

Next, Peter Schwartz from East Lansing-based software developers Supported Intelligence will discuss a report that shows how legalized cannabis sales could generate a lot of tax revenue for Michigan.

In Segment Three, Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs for Oakland County, will explain the results of the 2016 Oakland County Economic Report.

The show will wrap up with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, who  will provide his Cyber Year in Review and cyber predictions for 2017.

Today’s show will be the last one of 2016 for the M2 TechCast, which is taking a two-week holiday break. The TechCast will return Monday, July 9 with a special show focused on mobile technology being displayed at the North American International Auto Show.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Tech Firm Red Level Moves To Larger HQ In Novi

NOVI — The IT consulting firm Red Level is moving to a larger headquarters in Novi to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

The move, taking place in January, will see Red Level moving from 6,500 square feet of leased space on Catherine Industrial Drive to an 18,000-square-foot, company-owned building at 40200 Grand River Avenue.

The company says that following renovation, the new space will boast a contemporary open floor plan, cutting edge collaboration areas and plenty of natural light – a welcoming work environment for the talented technology professionals the company attracts.

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M2 TechCast To Feature Drone Law Update, Cyber Security, and More

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Nov. 21 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast will feature an update on drone law, cybersecurity, a new video news operation at Automation Alley, and help for entrepreneurs from a state agency.

Guests will include Mark Becker, a partner at the Grand Rapids and Detroit IT firm C/D/H, speaking on cybersecurity and attacks on the internet.

Tom Kelly, executive director of Automation Alley, will talk about a new video news partnership between the Alley and  MITechNews.com.

Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business  Development Center, will interview a company owner helped by MISBDC.

Finally, Traverse City attorney and drone law expert Enrico Schaefer, who operates http://www.dronelaw.pro, will update a story about a drone operator who was arrested for flying over a Trump rally.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Duo Finds More Than Half Of Androids Run Out-of-Date Browsers

ANN ARBOR — Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based multi-factor access protection provider, announced troubling results of the security of Android and Microsoft mobile devices.

The new findings were released in conjunction with the announcement of a new version of Duo Security’s Trusted Access Platform. The new platform introduces features to help protect against these vulnerabilities, blocking access to devices with out-of-date browsers and operating systems.

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M2 TechCast Tackles Cyber Security, Angel Investing, Women In Tech, And More

SOUTHFIELD — Cyber security, women in technology, angel investing and a new opportunity to get your company’s news out via web video.

All are on the agenda for the Monday, Nov. 7 edition of the M2 TechCast.

The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern time at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The first guest will be Justin Coffee from the Troy IT provider Red Level, discussing what business can do to modernize and protect from cyber attack.

Next up is longtime Michigan technology executive Kathleen Norton Schock, who will give us a report on the recent Michigan Council of Women in Technology Signature Gala event, and interview Julie Christ, founder and CEO of Tech Smart Solutions.

Then, Melih Oztalay of Birmingham’s SmartFinds Internet Marketing will discuss the technology behind MITechNews.Com’s video news and ReelCast projects.

The show wraps up with David Weaver of Great Lakes Angels, and details on the three companies pitching at the angels’ next meeting Nov. 15.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Mobile Monday Detroit Explores Cybersecurity Careers Nov. 14

TROY –  Mobile Monday Detroit on Nov. 14 will host a variety of experts to educate the public about the variety of career opportunities available in Cybersecurity.

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Ann Arbor Security Firm Finds Lots Of Vulnerable Windows 7 Systems

ANN ARBOR — Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based security products and services provider, has announced new results from a survey, “Trusted Access Report: Microsoft Edition.”

And the findings were scary enough for Halloween. They included:
* Sixty-five percent of all Windows devices are still running Windows 7, which was released in 2009 and has about 600 known security vulnerabilities.
* Tens of thousand of devices are still running Windows XP, 15 years after its release. This represents more than 700 vulnerabilities, 200 of which are rated as high-to-critical.
* Twenty percent of devices running Internet Explorer are running unsupported versions 8, 9 and 10. IE versions 8 through 10 have reached end-of-life status without the ability to receive security patches, leaving them susceptible to old exploits. Of all devices running Microsoft browsers, only 3 percent are using the latest, Edge.

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Secure-24 Enhances Managed Security Services Offering

SOUTHFIELD — Secure-24, a global provider of managed cloud services, IT operations and applications hosting, today unveiled two new services, Compliance Elite and Executive Security Information Advisory Services, the latest enhancements to its managed security services portfolio.

Secure-24’s security management program offers a comprehensive range of services and technologies that bolster security, strengthen compliance control and provide detailed, transparent reporting.

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