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New Statewide Cybersecurity Program Launched to Assist Defense Manufacturers

New Statewide Cybersecurity Program Launched To Assist Defense Manufacturers


Mohawk Valley Community College’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) and FuzeHub are teaming up to help New York State’s defense manufacturers strengthen their cybersecurity protocols and meet federal compliance standards. 

The newly announced NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program is designed for small- to medium-sized manufacturers in New York State that serve the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain. 
Through the program, participating organizations will receive technical and self-assessment training to help them meet DoD cybersecurity requirements in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) standards. Achieving compliance in cybersecurity is increasingly critical to maintaining contracts with the DoD.
The NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program will offer:

  • Cohort membership with exclusive access to cybersecurity guidance and online self-assessment training. The 320-member cohort is open to applications from small- to medium-sized manufacturers that are part of the DoD supply chain. There is no cost for qualified manufacturers to join the cohort.
  • Funding for a personalized cybersecurity risk assessment. Of the 320 cohort manufacturers, 67 will be eligible for a risk-assessment grant up to $6,000. The assessment will be performed by AIM, the Manufacturing and Technology Enterprise Center (MTEC), Twinstate Technologies or one of their trusted subcontractors.
  • Workshops on the basics of cybersecurity, featuring presentations by industry and academic experts. Participants will gain exposure to different types of threats and to the consequences of being underprepared to defend against cyber criminals, as well as the federal government’s expectations for members at every level of its supply chain.
  • Webinars on current and emerging cybersecurity topics, such as learning about the unseen enemies, protecting against internal threats, industry standards and requirements, and more.

“The NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program is launching at a critical time, with cyber threats on the rise amid the pandemic and the Department of Defense’s third-party certification audits underway,” said AIM Director Cory Albrecht. “AIM is proud to be working with FuzeHub to help supply-chain manufacturers be fully compliant and proactive in their approaches to data security.” 
“New York’s manufacturers have a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with the Department of Defense. But to continue doing business with the DoD, these contractors need to be up to speed on cybersecurity best practices,” said FuzeHub executive director Elena Garuc. “The NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program will give those manufacturers the know-how to ensure they remain protected from malicious actors, in good standing with the government, and able to do the important work of ensuring our nation’s safety.”
The NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program is supported by funding from NYSTAR, Empire State Development’s (ESD) NYS Division of Science, Technology & Innovation.  
The program is one element in a robust innovation infrastructure that NYSTAR supports in communities across the state. AIM and FuzeHub are NYSTAR-supported New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) centers, serving small- and mid-sized manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley region and statewide.
Learn more about the NY MEP Cybersecurity Assistance Program at newyorkmep.org/cyber-security-assessment-program.

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