Cyber Attacks Can be Devastating to Small Manufacturers

The risks are enormous and potentially devastating!​ 55% of small and mid-sized businesses have experienced a data breach or cyberattack. 43% of spear-phishing attacks are targeted at small businesses. 60% of impacted businesses are left severely impacted.

As a result of increased concerns about cyber-attacks, manufacturers with contracts from the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA) or NASA must be compliant with defined cybersecurity requirements to protect Controlled Unclassified Information per NIST SP 800-171 or risk losing contracts. Small manufacturers in other supply chains such as automotive, medical, and energy can also expect cybersecurity contract requirements.

Companies should not wait for customer-imposed requirements to identify IT security vulnerabilities and protect their businesses. All manufacturers should take positive steps now to implement and maintain appropriate IT security controls, and know what to do if a breach does occur.

VMEC can provide resources and assistance to help manufacturers take action to protect their business. These include:

Additional resources include:

VMEC is offering IT Security Services with local IT service provider, rbTechnologies

rbTechnologies is a central Vermont based IT service company operating since 1997. Dave Porcello joined rbTech in 2017 to provide IT security services. ​Dave is the founder of Vermont security firm Pwnie Express and inventor of the award-winning Pwn Plug security testing device, featured on Good Morning America, NPR, CNN, Forbes, Wired, “Mr. Robot”, and winner of SC Magazine’s Innovator of the Year. In his 16 years of field experience, Dave has served as Director of Security for Vermont Mutual, adjunct professor at Norwich University, security counsel for NPR and advisor for public figures including Steve Wozniak and Will Smith.

VMEC and rbTechnologies are offering Vermont manufacturers, including defense contractors, the following services:

Interested in learning more about IT security services? Schedule a no-cost consultation with VMEC today!