Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute | Director
Michael Sauer is the Director of the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute (UPCI). As Director, Michael leads UPCI’s efforts to teach, test, and train individuals in industry-recognized credentials relevant to careers in cybersecurity. He is a devoted husband, trail advocate, sailor, and lover of golden retrievers.
Prior to serving in his current role, he was a Senior IT Project Manager at Mativ, a 3-billion dollar publicly traded specialties manufacturer. He was responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of large complex global information technology projects, including those in cybersecurity.
Throughout his career, Michael has consulted for private and public organizations including the State of Michigan, US Airways, Microsoft, Ford Motor Company, Citizens Insurance, Superiorland Library Cooperative, and Saginaw Public Schools.
In public service, Michael has served on the board of the Noquemanon Trail Network for 16 years as Treasurer, Vice President, and most recently as President. He has also served on Marquette’s Harbor Advisory Committee.
Occamsec | Security Engineer, Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute | Instructor
Matt Landers has been an accomplished ethical hacker/security researcher for over 20 years and spends a majority of his time discovering new vulnerabilities and attack vectors. He works as a security consultant through Attactics, a security company devoted to hardening clients infrastructure.
A few of the companies that Matt has worked with to better their security standpoint are ING Inc, AT&T, New Relic, Ubiquiti, GM, TP-Link, Sophos, Netgear, Cloudflare, Autodesk, Facebook, Netflix, Indeed, Alienvault, Poly(Polycom), P&G and more.
Matt Landers is an EC-Council member (CEH) and CEI (Certified EC-Council Instructor).
Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute | Instructor
Adam Kall graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2018 with bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He went on to receive a Master’s in Data Science from Elmhurst University in 2020. During this period, he also worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center building Artificial Intelligence programs for signal processing, at Arconic in the Smart Manufacturing department processing real-time data from thousands of production line sensors, and at JetBlue Airways to automate the ticket pricing system for all North American Transcontinental flights. In 2020 he left JetBlue to start Kall Morris Inc (KMI) with two other NMU alumni in Marquette. KMI is an orbital debris research and development company focused on creating spacecraft to physically capture debris. Adam serves as Director of Technology, analyzing the orbital positions of satellites and debris to plan optimized missions.