Podcast: The ABCs of Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity isn’t just for the tech giants; it’s a battleground for businesses of all sizes, especially in manufacturing. That’s why we were thrilled to have Paul LaPorte from the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) join us for a riveting discussion on safeguarding small to medium-sized manufacturers against digital threats. Paul unpacked the NIST 800-171 guidelines, dissecting their role in protecting controlled unclassified information and how adherence is non-negotiable for manufacturers within the Department of Defense supply chain. He emphasized the urgency of understanding the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and staying ahead of the game to ensure eligibility for DoD contracts, even as it’s still in the proposal phase.

From there, we switched gears to tackle the real-world challenges facing manufacturers when it comes to implementing cybersecurity. With time and budget often at a premium, we delved into how the New York State Cybersecurity Manufacturing Initiatives Grant provides a much-needed financial lifeline, covering a substantial portion of the cost for a cybersecurity assessment. We also highlighted an upcoming workshop in Utica, where manufacturers can dissect cybersecurity strategies, engage with grant information, and network with peers and experts. This episode is a treasure trove for any manufacturer looking to fortify their business against cyber threats and stay competitive in the defense industry’s supply chain.

Listen to the podcast here.

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