A common complaint about regulations the manufacturing industry needs to comply with is that they are often developed and enforced by agencies with no experience in the sector. For more customized guidance, manufacturers can turn to the cybersecurity roadmap recently released by the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII).   

In July, the CyManII released a roadmap to help manufacturers strengthen their cybersecurity posture. Although the map is not a required regulation, it provides a unifying national plan to drive U.S. manufacturers toward processes that are data-intensive, digitized and include emergent technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Innovations championed by CyManII will enable manufacturers to ensure that their intellectual property, vital data and critical processes are cyber-secure.  

Led by the University of Texas at San Antonio, CyManII was launched in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Energy as a Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute to bring together the manufacturing industry, research and academic institutions and federal government agencies to develop technologies that enable the security and growth of the U.S. manufacturing sector. The agency also is involved in collaborative research to design and implement next-generation architectures that are cyber-inspired and secure by design.   

Even with a manufacturing-specific cybersecurity roadmap at your fingertips, protecting your IT perimeter should be left to the experts. 2W Tech is a technology service provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. We have IT consultants on staff that specialize in security solutions and can help walk your business through the steps of improving your cybersecurity posture.  

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