Cyber Range Hub

Wayne State University is your source for cybersecurity training and education.

At the university's Advanced Technology Education Center in Warren, students and professionals looking to expand their knowledge on cybersecurity can utilize this great resource.

The Cyber Range Hub, part of the Michigan Cyber Range, provides certification courses, cybersecurity training exercises and product/software testing. Wayne State is partnering with the Merit Network, the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to offer unique programming and services at the hub.

University students/academic credit

Cybersecurity courses in the Department of Computer Science are offered in full semester and accelerated formats. Classes are held on the main campus in Midtown Detroit and in the Cyber Range Hub and apply to a bachelor's in computer science and include industry certifications. Students interested in learning more about the program should contact Colleen McKenney, academic advisor, at 313-577-2477 or

Check to access the course schedule and find out when the next courses are offered.

To register, students must apply and be admitted to Wayne State.

Professional development/noncredit

Courses are offered through Executive and Professional Development (EPD), the university's training and consulting program. These courses rotate throughout the year and can be delivered in custom formats based on the needs of any organization. Prices vary, so those who are interested should contact Michael Kelly, director of EPD, at 313-577-6581 for more information.

Some of the workshops offered:

  • Capture the Flag: A fun learning tool developed by carving out core servers and network infrastructure from Alphaville, a virtual training environment. Participants traverse through challenges in Alphaville to find flags and put them into the scoring system. Individual participants use penetration testing and forensic skills to gather clues and collect evidence. A self-paced exercise, CTF is a means to assess individual skills across a broad range of systems and challenges.
  • Ethical Computer Hacking: Learn to assess security risks, implement controls to secure network infrastructure, and combat hackers and viruses. This course introduces students to penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, and provides in-depth labs that focus on both open-source and commercial-based tools. Certification is awarded after completion of the course and successfully passing an online exam. Great training for network and site administrators, security professionals and auditors.
  • Digital and Network Forensics: Intensive lab exercises simulate investigation and recovery of data in networks; physical interception; traffic acquisition; attack detection; and protocol analysis. Typical participants include network and site administrators, security professionals and auditors.
  • Network Penetration Testing: Obtain real-world security knowledge that will enable you to recognize system vulnerabilities and weaknesses, and to develop safeguards against those threats. Using the Five Key Elements of Pen Testing and the highest-level ethical hacking methodologies, you will learn how to identify and counter the latest network threats.
  • Intro to Applied Cyber Security: Be prepared to sit for the C(ISSO certification exam (through Mile2, and included in the course) or CISSP (separately, though ISC2). This course combines cyber security theory with requirements for practical implementation of core security concepts, practices, monitoring and compliance - a well-rounded and comprehensive overview of each topic area without being restricted to a single model or conceptual approach.

For more information about the professional development opportunities and schedule, call WSU Executive and Professional Development at 313-577-4665.

Application testing

The cyber range hub can also be used to test applications and systems in a totally secure environment called a "secure sandbox," which simulates a networked environment.  This resource is ideal for companies that lack a secure testing environment or for joint ventures that need an objective space for testing. Fees vary depending on the capacity requirements and testing schedule. Contact Michael Kelly, director of EPD, at 313-577-6581 for more information.