The devastating effects of cybersecurity attacks on commercial and classified information networks have prompted industry and government leaders to take steps to implement safeguards not only within their own organizations but throughout their supply chain as well. NIST Special Publication SP 800-171 outlines a minimum set of standards that are now applied to all Department of Defense contractors and are being adopted by other industries such as the Automotive Industry. Manufacturers operating in commercial supply chains should consider implementing the NIST security requirements as an integral aspect of managing their organizational risks and competitiveness as more and more OEMs focus on cybersecurity as part of their supplier qualification.
The NY MEP Network has been active in providing awareness and assistance to help NYS manufacturers protect their information assets from the risks of cyber attacks. MEP Centers can provide valuable assistance to small manufacturers seeking reduction of their cyber risks and DFARS compliance.
To support this effort, FuzeHub and MTRC have set aside $200K of funding to help NYS manufacturers reduce their cybersecurity risk. Eligible NYS companies may access this funding through their local MEP centers. A portion of the $200K funding will be available to each of the 10 regional MEP centers on a pro rata distribution basis that mirrors the current MEP funding distribution from NYS.
The goal of this fund is to raise awareness about the NIST SP 800-171 and provide assistance to NYS small/medium size manufacturers to identify and address cybersecurity deficiencies as measured by NIST SP 800-171.
Eligible companies: NYS-based manufacturers must provide a written request for cybersecurity assistance to their respective regional, local MEP center.
Eligible uses of funds: Eligible uses of funds include cyber security assessments and projects for implementing cybersecurity measures to meet the NIST SP 800-171.
Company Project Funding Awards:
- Up to a maximum of $5,000.00 may be awarded, per eligible company.
- Approved Project funding will be provided directly to the respective MEP Center upon approval of the Center’s cybersecurity grant request on behalf of the company.
- A region’s funding allocation will be available until those designated regional funds have been exhausted
- All funding for this award initiative expires and is no longer available as of December 31, 2019.
- FuzeHub reserves the right to redistribute unused regional funds to other regional projects beginning November 15, 2019