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Cyber Security Funding Available
Up to $3,000 is available to manufacturers to have cyber security assessments or to implement cyber security measures to meet NIST SP-800-171 standards. This funding is only available through December 2018.
The devastating effects of cyber 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 OESMs focus on cyber security as part of their supplier qualification.
For information on how to apply for the funding, contact Aviva Gold. email@example.com or 315-323-1703.
CITEC Business Solutions has hired John Zielinski to serve as its new executive director. Zielinski's diverse background includes ten years of healthcare operations leadership at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, and 16 years in manufacturing in finance, business systems, project management and operational excellence. His resume also includes eight years as an entrepreneurial principle in the software/system design and consulting sector.
"John has been in the North Country for over 18 years, and his professional experience, connections, and commitment to the region will be great assets to CITEC moving forward," says Reg Carter, CITEC's outgoing executive director. You can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-268-3778 beginning September 4.
Many small manufacturers think they are too small to be of interest to hackers, and are overwhelmed by the details of how to protect themselves, so they choose to ignore basic protocols and protections. But cyber attacks are on the rise, and every company's data has value. NIST's webinar will help companies understand where to begin to protect themselves including how to identify potential security vulnerabilities, what controls can protect against cyber attacks, what tools can help detect attacks and how to contain damage from a cyber attack. Learn more and register at this link.
Around 15 years ago, the U.S. went from having a trade surplus to having a trade deficit in advanced technology products, which means it will be extremely difficult to lead in innovation. Will a service economy serve us just as well s a producer economy? Some food for thought at this link.
Every manufacturing plant that's over ten years old has some of these mystery items lying around, and it is SO much fun to figure out what they are. If you have something like this at your plant, send us a photo and we will help try to solve your mystery. In the meantime, here are some neat ones from the National Institute for Science and Technology.
It's easy to purchase PPE for workers; getting them to use it is a little more complicated. Unfortunately there is no quick and easy solution to this issue, but this article is a great reminder of the practices that build and maintain safe workplaces.
Up to $50,000 Defense Industry Assistance Grants are available through NY State to companies in the defense supply chain or defense-focused SBIR/STTR grant awardees. The funding is available to help defense-focused organizations weather DoD spending fluctuations with diversification. Application deadline is September 10. Learn more about the program at this link.
Building on recent investment, the Town of Plattsburgh planning department is strategically creating more opportunities for growth.
While the North Country boom might not be exactly on the scale of some others, there are some lessons to be taken from communities who have been experiencing extensive manufacturing growth. Read more here.