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Cyber Security for Manufacturing Networks

In May 2014, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) presented to the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) a report highlighting an emerging threat to U.S. national security.  This threat stems from actions by nations and individuals exploiting cybersecurity weaknesses inherent in networked industrial control systems on shop floors of defense contractors and suppliers.  These cyber-attacks against the defense industrial base (DIB), where our military’s equipment is produced, have significant national security implications. The 2014 report investigated the nature and scope of the threat and offered recommendations for mitigating the impacts of cyber-attacks on manufacturing networks.

White PaperAs a follow-on action, with cooperation and support from several Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) organizations, NDIA formed a joint working group charged with providing specific ideas for implementing the recommendations in the original report and developing a coordinated approach across government agencies to address this rapidly escalating problem.

The Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Joint Working Group (CFAM JWG) focused on the protection of manufacturing networks from cyber-attacks in the defense industrial base where intensifying cyber-espionage calls for an urgent response.

The group identified ways for the Department of Defense (DoD) and its prime contractors to assist manufacturers, particularly small and medium enterprises (S&MEs) to improve cybersecurity by implementing evolving policies and contract requirements, enhancing security practices, developing technologies, and offering workforce cybersecurity training.

The recent release of Presidential Executive Order 13806 “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States” (21 July 2017) makes this White Paper both timely and appropriate.  NDIA is proud to offer this study to assist the DoD and the manufacturing industry in securing the nation’s manufacturing infrastructure from cyber-attacks and cyber espionage, and to engage in further activity that enables better protection of important national assets.

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