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The Future of Manufacturing Symposium to Feature
Emerging Technologies from Manufacturing USA Institutes
Worcester, MA – MassMEP, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is pleased to announce The Future of Manufacturing Symposium, the first regional event that showcases the emerging technologies being developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Manufacturing USA is a network of 14 research institutes in the U.S. focused on developing specialized advanced manufacturing technologies. The Symposium is designed for manufacturing executives, R&D managers, and educators who are looking to create new opportunities based on new technologies in such areas as robotics, photonics, biofabrication, cybersecurity, and more. The Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00am to 1:30pm at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium will start with an address by MassMEP President and CEO John Killam. Confirmed keynote speakers include:
• Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. The Lt. Governor has traveled extensively across the state, working with people on issues related to living and working. She is also co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, where she works hard to ensure that all students have access to comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and are inspired and prepared for careers in STEM fields.
• Tracy Frost, Director of DoD Manufacturing Technology (ManTech). ManTech is the Defense Department’s investment mechanism for staying at the forefront of defense-essential manufacturing capability. Frost also leads the DoD’s Manufacturing USA Institutes.
• Dean Kaman, inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of FIRST. Kamen serves as Executive Director the ARMI | BioFab USA Manufacturing USA institute and is President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation.
• U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta. Secretary Acosta was named to the list of 100 most influential individuals in business ethics in 2008 and has served in three presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions.
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium will also include special workshops featuring panel discussions by program managers from the Institutes. Topics include: exploring the future manufacturing needs of emerging technologies; repurposing existing technologies to advance the mission of the Manufacturing USA Institutes; preparing for the future of manufacturing: collaboration, workforce development, and new technologies; as well as cybersecurity and protecting today’s manufacturing organization.
Breakout sessions will provide a more in-depth look at the following Manufacturing USA Institutes:
Advanced Fabrics and Textiles (AFFOA)
Integrated Photonics (PHOTONICS)
Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Flexible Hybrid Electronics (NEXTFLEX)
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing (NIIMBL)
A detailed list of speakers and biographies can be found at http://www.massmanufacturingsymposium.org/speakers.html
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.massmanufacturingsymposium.org/index.html
The Future of Manufacturing Symposium is held in coordination with the WPI/QCC Integrated Photonics Symposium, hosted by WPI on October 3, 2018. For more information, see https://www.wpi.edu/news/calendar/events/inaugural-wpiqcc-integrated-photonics-symposium
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the NIST MEP National Network, is a leading resource for manufacturing companies that believes in cultivating a community built on support, idea sharing, and achievement. MassMEP creates economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises and the manufacturing ecosystem. This is achieved through the delivery of operational excellence programs, workforce development strategies, and innovative growth initiatives, and enhanced by strategic public/private relationships. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
About Manufacturing USA Institutes
Launched in 2012, Manufacturing USA (formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, NNMI) is a network of 14 research institutes in the United States. Each institute is focused on developing specialized advanced manufacturing technology. Within each institute, manufacturers of all sizes partner with academia and government to share manufacturing technology and workforce challenges, and to build a robust R&D infrastructure. The Manufacturing USA network is operated by the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is headquartered in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more, visit http://www.manufacturingusa.com
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In response to the DFARS mandate, Silverside Detectors successfully addressed NIST SP 800-171 requirements through the CyberSaint and MassMEP Program.
“MassMEP and CyberSaint came alongside our team, guiding them through the compliance standards and leading us to a level of preparedness matching our commitment to excellence.” said Sarah Haig, COO of Silverside Detectors
Based just outside of the Boston area in Cambridge, MA, Silverside’s team is fundamentally shifting the global security landscape. Silverside Detectors is committed to reducing the global threat of nuclear terrorism. The company’s neutron detection technology enables governments to deploy networks of detectors at nuclear material storage sites, in transit routes, and throughout cities. With a growing team made up of researchers, technicians, and engineers, Silverside is bringing their lithium thermal neutron detector to market and has had great success and traction especially in recent months.
Silverside’s customer base includes offices within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and therefore the team knew that cybersecurity best practices and compliance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, per NIST Special Publication 800-171, was a priority.
The new 800-171 controls, required by DoD, went into effect on December 31, 2017. The requirement applies to all DoD primary contractors and sub-contractors in the DoD Supply Chain for the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
It was apparent that Silverside’s needs went well beyond responding to customer questionnaires, and that real action to identify gaps and remediate was necessary. The team was also made aware that having a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM) was critical to proving adherence and adequate security in accordance with Department of Defense supply chain needs. Silverside would need to manage its own compliance with the 800-171 regulations in order to prepare to scale business through and beyond 2018, and have a cost-effective cybersecurity program that will mature in parallel with the company.
Silverside Detectors needed a plan of how to approach DFARS compliance and a solution that could be put in place quickly and easily to help with the DFARS assessment, without stalling other company initiatives. Silverside’s team also realized that they would need to self-manage their regulatory requirements beyond 2018 in order to stay competitive as their operation scales.
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) organized a program that leverages various funding options to subsidize consulting engagements paired with the CyberStrong Platform from CyberSaint Security. This program enables state or local manufacturers and DoD suppliers with rapid DFARS cybersecurity conformance.
“We are pleased to partner with CyberSaint to provide our client Silverside Detectors a solution to their Cybersecurity compliance requirement. CyberSaint provided a robust and comprehensive report out and roadmap that helped Silverside Detectors navigate through the Defense Industry and Homeland Security requirement,”
Tom Andrellos, MassMEP’s Director of Growth Services.
The CyberStrong Platform is a breakthrough Integrated Risk Management and continuously active assessment platform that helps customers become quickly and easily compliant with regulations such as DFARS 800-171. The platform guides both Information Technology professionals and non-IT professionals through the assessment framework control by control and provides actionable insights on next steps to mitigate risk, making compliance with regulations and adherence to customer questionnaires accessible regardless of company resources.
“We are excited to make the CyberStrong Platform accessible to our local community through our partnership with the MassMEP. As a company founded upon making cyber best practices accessible, it’s rewarding to see local businesses and new startups alike benefit from adopting proactive security measures,”
George Wrenn, CyberSaint’s CEO and Founder.
CyberStrong walks the user through the DFARS assessment (either the NIST SP 800-171 controls or the Handbook (HB)162 control set) and provides gap analysis and recommendations on which controls should be implemented to increase the overall compliance score while lowering risk in key areas.
Silverside asked MassMEP to participate in the DFARS cybersecurity program, which included key CyberSaint stakeholders identifying Silverside’s Target of Evaluation, qualifying what was and was not considered Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), walking through the technology architecture and explaining the best plan of action on how to close key DFARS compliance gaps. In just three sessions, the CyberSaint team used the CyberStrong Platform to expedite the conformance process and finished the engagement successfully, and much quicker than anticipated.
“The challenge of a startup is keeping pace with regulations without depleting company resources. MassMEP and CyberSaint came alongside our team, guiding them through the compliance standards and leading us to a level of preparedness matching our commitment to excellence. Without their expertise and support, we would not be where we are today,”
Sarah Haig, COO of Silverside Detectors.
Silverside presently manages the CyberStrong SaaS Platform on its own and has at its disposal priorities on how to remediate going forward through 2018. Thanks to CyberSaint and MassMEP’s DFARS cybersecurity program, Silverside Detectors successfully addressed the NIST SP 800-171 requirements and is empowered to proactively address cybersecurity measures as the company grows.
CyberSaint Security empowers organizations to implement automated, intelligent cybersecurity compliance and risk management that enables measurement, enhances communication and improves cybersecurity resiliency. The CyberSaint team’s intellectual DNA winds deeply through the academic, tech, and investment communities in Boston, the White House, RSA, IBM, EMC, MIT, Harvard, University of Cambridge, KPMG and others.
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next-generation manufacturing. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.
A collaboration between the Worcester-based Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Burlington cybersecurity firm CyberSaint seeks to help the state’s manufacturers doing work for the government better secure their information. In an interview, MassMEP Director of Growth Services Tom Andrellos spoke about the importance of cybersecurity in manufacturing in the 21st century.
Why is cybersecurity important in manufacturing?
Manufactures are unfortunately targets of hackers and attackers. Companies have become increasingly reliant on computer systems to vertically integrate product designs, manufacturing processes, cost structures, supplier networks and proprietary information throughout their supply chain. This information becomes potentially destructive and valuable information to competitors, agencies and governments around the world. A strong cyber security practice to risk mitigate these threats are crucial to the manufacturing operation to:
- Defending your company’s vital data and information
- Preventing theft or damage to your infrastructure, equipment and systems
- Avoiding major disruptions to operations and delivery of products
- Protecting your employee’s personal information
- Shielding your organization from negative publicity
Does this disproportionately affect manufacturers?
According to a recent report from the U’S. Department of Homeland Security, manufacturing is the second highest industry with the most reported cyber attacks, only subsequent to health care.
Is this a problem particularly for manufacturers doing work for the government?
The short answer is no. All type of companies in all industry sectors are open to cyber attackers and must take this threat seriously. Based on a report the top five industries at risk of cyber attacks are health care, manufacturing, financial services, government and transportation.
When did this start becoming a problem in manufacturing?
My guess this has been going on for some time. However, over the recent years the technology and hackers are becoming more sophisticated, so it’s a consistent challenge to keep up with protecting and securing our information. As cyber criminals increasingly target manufacturers, the FBI now estimates that over $400 billion worth of intellectual property leaves the U.S each year. As we move forward this issue, it is not going away. Manufacturers must ensure cyber security is part of their annual budgets. They need to initiate supply chain compliance (you’re as good as the weakest link) and work with experts to help them identify gaps, corrective actions and plans to secure critical information.
How many Mass. manufacturers do work for the government?
It’s been estimated (2016 data) that Massachusetts defense industry network of supplier is approximately 1,800 out of the total 7,500 manufacturing companies. This ranges from our large OEM’s such as Raytheon and General Dynamics to small manufacturers of sub assemblies, sheet metal, machine parts, electronics, power supplies, etc.
How does this partnership with CyberSaint address that issue?
The partnership MassMEP has established with CyberSaint was developed to address and focus on specific industries like the defense and homeland security. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the cyber security framework to provide organizations with guidance on how to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks. NIST required all Department of Defense manufacturers that process, store or transmit controlled information to meet the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement minimum security standards, or risk their future business if not in compliance with the standards. These standards must be implemented at the contractors and all levels of their supply chain utilizing the security guidance in the NIST security requirement handbook. This was a major task for many of our clients at MassMEP to navigate the process of assessing a most critical area of risk. MassMEP recognized that partnering with an expert like CyberSaint to help our clients navigate through the process addresses the issue and provides a cost effective risk mitigation plan that meets cybersecurity requirements and sustains business.
This interview was conducted and edited for length and clarity by WBJ Staff Writer Zachary Comeau.
MassMEP is proud to present the first regional event showcasing the emerging technologies being developed by the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester for The Future of Manufacturing Symposium and discover future technologies opportunities for U.S. businesses and education institutions.
Why You Should Attend:
- Exclusive Massachusetts showcase of the Manufacturing USA Institute’s technologies
- Attendees include manufacturing executives, researchers, developers and educators
- Network and explore partnership opportunities
Panel discussions will focus on:
- Exploring the future manufacturing needs of emerging technologies
- Repurposing existing technologies to advance the mission of the Manufacturing USA Institutes
- Preparing for the future of manufacturing: Collaboration, Workforce Development and New Technologies
- Cybersecurity and protecting your company
You can read more at our Event Website.
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