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MMEC announces collaboration to assist manufacturing businesses with cybersecurity

August 3, 2017 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN — The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University has partnered with a national cybersecurity provider to help Montana manufacturers meet security requirements to retain or expand their markets.

MMEC has formed a collaboration with Cytellix, a cybersecurity service provider that helps clients assess vulnerabilities, monitor network behavior and adopt best practices to guard against hacking.

The U.S. Department of Defense is requiring that all companies that sell products to the agency meet cybersecurity standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology before Dec. 31, 2017. Companies must complete assessments and other documentation, in addition to demonstrating real-time awareness of cybersecurity vulnerabilities within 30 days of any DOD contract award.

“MMEC is pleased to be working with Cytellix, which brings expertise in cybersecurity,” said MMEC Director Paddy Fleming. “Its approach to helping our customers meet compliance with NIST requirements is affordable and reduces the challenges for DOD supply-chain manufacturers to understand these cyber-guidelines.”

“Cytellix provides a standards-based, seamless approach to cyber-preparedness and easy-to-understand solutions for the real world,” he added.

Manufacturers that are not suppliers to the Defense Department are not currently required to be compliant, but they may also be vulnerable to cyberattack. The rate at which smaller manufacturers are being targeted by cyberattacks is rapidly increasing, according to Fleming. Several Montana manufacturers have already reportedly been hacked, he said. 

MMEC is educating the manufacturing community in Montana about the cybersecurity requirements for DOD suppliers and about the cyberattack risks that other Montana manufacturers face.

According to Brian Berger, executive vice president of commercial cybersecurity for Cytellix, the relationship between cyber-preparedness and business development is important.

“MMEC is wholly dedicated to leading Montana manufacturers to success,” Berger said. “Cytellix is privileged to partner with an organization whose forward thinking will be invaluable to its clients’ potential for sustained business growth. We feel confident that our combined expertise will position Montana manufacturers to not only be cyber-ready, but prepared for new contract opportunities, as well.”

About Cytellix

Cytellix is the cybersecurity division of Information Management Resources, Inc. For more information about Cytellix, visit cytellix.com.

About MMEC

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, which is housed in MSU’s College of Engineering, is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries.

Contact: Paddy Fleming, pfleming@montana.edu, (406) 994-3812.