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Baker College helps raise awareness of cyber threats at March 29 small business workshop

Michigan Business Network
March 20, 2017 11:30 AM

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI —The cyber defense program at Baker College’s Flint campus will be highlighted at a free workshop presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop, titled “Small Business, Big Threat: Cyber Security Awareness,” is intended to raise awareness of cyber threats to small businesses.

“We turned to Baker College to host and involve its cyber defense program because it is a tremendous resource for the small business community,” said Marsha Lyttle, director of the MI-SBDC I-69 Trade Corridor Region. 


“Highlighting the program might result in work projects for Baker College students, which benefits the students and our local economy.”

Baker College Program Director Doug Witten will be one of the experts on a speakers’ panel. Students in the Baker College cyber defense bachelor’s degree program will participate in the workshop during a question-and-answer session.

Witten leads the college’s programs in cyber defense, computer science and computer information systems. He also advises the student cyber defense club that successfully defended its state championship in February, advancing to the regional competition in March.

Witten worked for the State of Michigan in information technology for 13 years before joining Baker College as associate dean of computer information systems in 2015. He has taught at the college since 2008. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems at Baker College and a master’s degree in computer science at University of Michigan-Flint, and is a doctoral student at Oakland University, studying computer science and informatics.

The workshop is hosted by Baker College, 1050 W. Bristol Road, Flint, and co-sponsored by the MI-SBDC, Baker College and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) of Michigan.

There is no cost to attend the workshop; pre-registration is required at http://j.tinyurl.com/jjlnupe. For more information, contact MI-SBDC at 810.762.9660 or jfilary@kettering.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College 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. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

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