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CYBERSECURITY FOR
MANUFACTURERS
"The Importance of Cybersecurity for
Manufacturers" was presented by David
Stieren, division chief in the Programs
and Partnerships Division at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(MEP), a non-regulatory agency in the U.S.
Department of Commerce that provides
technical assistance to manufacturers.
As an extension-based program, MEP
"has no center that is a super-center," Stieren
said. "We rely heavily on our partners and
other centers. We target small to medium
manufacturers that make up about 99 percent
of the demographic in the U.S."
Pat Toth, MEP cybersecurity program
manager, spoke in more detail about
cybersecurity and U.S. small businesses.
"Small businesses and small manufacturers
are particularly vulnerable, because they don't
have the means to prevent or detect a cyber
attack," Toth said. As such, "They may be
seen as an entry point into another space."
She recommended that manufacturers
take a series of steps in order to establish and
maintain security. "You need to formalize
these policies and procedures, and your
employees need to know what they are."
Summarized, the steps are "protect, detect,
respond and recover."
"Protect" means that filters, encryptions
and systems are updated, and that old
equipment is disposed of properly, with all
information removed from the technology.
Detecting a problem could include taking
note of an employee who changes passwords
several times a day or employees who log on
late at night, for example.
A company's procedures must include an
organized response: who should be notified,
what action steps should be taken and taking
advantage of cyber security insurance. Once
an incident occurs, backups should be ready
to be implemented.
Janet Preus is senior editor of Advanced Textiles Source
and a contributing editor to Specialty Fabrics Review.

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