Macomb-OU Incubator
Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 Eighteen Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 884-9320
Fax: (586) 884-9331
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


We hold certification courses for more than 20 different cyber security disciplines. Each certification, hosted by Mac-OU INC through the Merit Network, can be obtained through an approximate four to five day course including an exam. These programs run through Oakland University’s Professional & Continuing Education and earn participants continuing education units. As stated on the Merit website, “Each course prepares you for real-life situations and for the related certification test. When you successfully complete a course, you will be able to confidently take a certification exam on the final day of the course.”

Cyber-security employers demand a highly educated, highly experienced workforce. Some 84 percent of cyber security postings specify at least a bachelor’s degree, and 83 percent require at least three years of experience. In addition, cyber-security positions are more likely to require certifications than other IT jobs. 35 percent of cyber security jobs call for an industry certification, compared to 23 percent of IT jobs overall.


Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range
Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center
6633 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314

For more information, contact Joan Carleton at or (586) 884-9324.

Guided Capture the Flag (12/14/17)

Guided Capture the Flag: Introduction to Hacking Tools and Techniques Through a Guided Capture the Flag Challenge

Thursday, December 14, 2017: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This one-of-a-kind event is a hands on experiential Capture The Flag (CTF) coupled with real time training on the tools and operating systems needed to successfully work through each challenge. Six different modules allow students to learn the fundamentals of hacking tools, techniques and methodologies and use open source tools to fire off live attacks on networked systems in real time.

The guided CTF is hosted on the Michigan Cyber Range, the nation’s largest unclassified training cyber range, and will allow students to perform live scans and exploits with no danger of leakage onto production networks. Each student will have a unique experience based on the methodologies they deploy and the systems they target, but students can expect to learn and deploy the concepts below. Participants that want to work at their own pace are encouraged to do so!

Topics include but not limited to:

  • Linux / Kali Linux Tools
  • Kali Command Prompt
  • Tool Selection
  • Password Explotation & Storage
  • SQL Vulnerabilities
  • Scanning & Enumeration
  • Proxy Chaining
  • Traffic Sniffing & Manipulation

Cost: $625 

Registration: To access registration, visit the Oakland University Professional & Continuing Education (PACE) registration page. Type the CRN 90221 into the search box to access the course. Please direct questions to PACE at or (248) 370-3177.

Additional Questions: Please direct to Joan Carleton at or (586) 884-9324. 


Cyber Security Certification Road Map

Career AreaFundamentalFoundationalSpecializedAdvanced
IS Management
Pen Testing HackingC)VAC)PEHC)PTEC)PTC
Incident HandlingC)SSC)ISSOC)IHE
Disaster RecoveryC)SSC)ISSOC)DRE
Wireless SecurityC)SSC)ISSOC)WSE


Application &
Security Code
Virtual MachineC)SSC)ISSOC)VME 6.0
IS Management

Fundamental Certification Courses:

  • C)SS (Certified Security Sentinel)
  • C)VA (Certified Vulnerability Assessor)
  • C)ISSM (Information Systems Security Manager)

Courses range from $1,500 to $3,500 each. For more details on each course, visit


Foundational Certification Courses:

  • C)ISSO (Certified Information Systems Security Officer)
  • C)PEH (Certified Professional Ethical Hacker)
  • C)ISRM (Certified Information Systems Risk Manager)

Courses range from $1,500 to $3,500 each. For more details on each course, click here.


Specialized Certification Courses:

  • IS20Controls (IS20 Security Controls)
  • C)PTE (Certified Penetration Testing Engineer)
  • C)IHE (Certified Incident Handling Engineer)
  • (C)DFE (Certified Digital Forensics Examiner)
  • C)DRE (Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer)
  • C)WSE (Certified Wireless Security Engineer)
  • C)HISSP (Certified Healthcare Information Systems Security Practitioner)
  • C)ISMS-LA (Certified Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor)
  • C)ISMS-LI (Certified Information Security Management Systems Lead Implementer)
  • C)SWAE (Certified Secure Web Application Engineer)
  • C)VME 6.0 (Certified Virtual Machine Engineer 6.0)

Courses range from $1,500 to $3,500 each. For more details on each course, visit


Advanced Certification Courses:

  • C)SLO (Certified Security Leadership Officer)
  • C)PTC (Certified Penetration Testing Consultant)
  • C)NFE (Certified Network Forensics Examiner)
  • (C)ISSA (Certified Information Systems Security Auditor)
  • ISCAP (Information Systems Certification and Accreditation Professional

Courses range from $1,500 to $3,500 each. For more details on each course, visit