Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute

U.P. Cybersecurity Institute LogoAbout the Institute

The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute at Northern Michigan University is the only facility of its kind in the U.P. and one of six statewide. The institute offers non-degree and industry credentials relevant to emerging careers in cybersecurity. It also augments NMU's existing cyber defense bachelor's degree and provides additional career exploration and training opportunities with U.P. K-12 school districts and postsecondary institutions. 

Statewide hubs such as the one at NMU operate as a physical extension of the Michigan Cyber Range, the nation’s largest unclassified cyber range. Hubs offer more than forty industry-recognized certifications, exercises and workshops aimed at qualifying individuals for positions and contracts in cybersecurity fields.


Current Course Offerings


Free, online, and self-paced courses. Click on links to register. 
Intro to Cybersecurity (15 hours)
Cybersecurity Essentials (30 hours) 
Intro to Packet Tracer (10 hours) 
Linux (6-8 hours) 
Python (60-70 hours) 
IoT (20 hours) 
Entrepreneurship (15 hours) 



Free & live online. Course runs approximately one hour. For more information or to schedule a course, email upcyber@nmu.edu




Northern Michigan University is home to The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute, a community-based resource for developing and diversifying a strong cybersecurity workforce in the U.P.


We provide access to lab-based experiential learning and certification for all compliance requirements and frameworks, including NIST, NICE, NSA, DoD, 8570, HiTrust, FFIEC, PCI, CJIS and CSA.


We engage, support and attract surrounding industries and entrepreneurs to provide cost effective and scalable access to software, systems and penetration testing.


We host live security attack and defense exercises to benchmark skills across the spectrum, from K-20 to public, private, defense and military sectors.


As the only hub on Michigan's cyber range in the Upper Peninsula, the institute engages students, teachers and industry partners to promote career pathways in cybersecurity through events, career exploration and hands-on learning.


Northern Michigan UniversityMichigan Defense Center, Michigan Economic Development CorporationMerit Michigan Cyber Range


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