University at Albany and FuzeHub have partnered to host CybersecurityNOW, a series of free webinars designed to help manufacturing and technology firms bolster their cybersecurity protections.

The program was launched to assist New York-based manufacturing companies that have contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. All defense contractors are now required to adopt the DOD’s heightened regulatory standards for cybersecurity. In New York State alone, more than 1,600 manufacturers have DOD contracts.

While organizers are targeting defense contractors, the webinars will provide security education that will benefit manufacturers of all types. Throughout the series, which begins November 13, cybersecurity experts will explain emerging threats, new regulations and best practices for protecting your business from hackers.

“Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated, and often, more devastating for businesses. The rising threats cannot be ignored—especially for manufacturing firms serving the Department of Defense,” said Sanjay Goel, chair of UAlbany’s Dept. of Information Security & Digital Forensics. “The CybersecurityNOW webinar series will help companies understand the risks they face, build cyber resiliency and minimize harm if they are attacked.”

The CybersecurityNOW initiative is funded by NYSTAR, Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation. Webinars will cover a wide range of topics, such as compliance with the DOD’s recently-adopted Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity guidelines, ransomware and crypto jacking, IoT vulnerabilities, insider threats and human behaviors, and more.

“The Department of Defense has intensified its focus on cybersecurity within its supply chain. If New York manufacturers want to continue doing business with the DOD, they need stronger cyber defenses now,” said FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc. “Ignoring the DOD’s call for heightened cybersecurity will put contracts, revenues and local jobs at stake. Luckily, it’s not too late to take action.”
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