The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (Chicago) announced that information security expert Koushik Subramanian was named the director of the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing.
DMDII launched the center in March with $750,000 in seed funding from the US Department of Defense.
As manufacturing begins to retrofit or build assembly lines with software and sensors, the attack surface only expands. Thirty-five percent of all cyber-espionage attacks in the United States are addressed at the manufacturing sector, the largest amount of any single sector, according to the 2017 Verizon data breach investigation report.
“The security of the American manufacturing supply chain is dependent on the practices of its individual manufacturers, the vast majority of which are smaller enterprises,” said Tracy Frost, director of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Technologies, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. “The center will lower the educational and cost barriers that the sector faces to increase readiness for cyber-attacks.”
Subramanian also will serve as chief information security officer for UI Labs (Chicago), DMDII’s parent organization.
Prior to DMDII, Subramanian was director of risk and compliance at Uptake Technologies. He led data privacy, risk, and information security initiatives in addition to helping secure newly procured technology. Prior to joining Uptake, Subramanian was a qualified security assessor and managing consultant at Trustwave, where he helped Fortune 1000 companies become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
“We are thrilled to welcome Koushik to the team to guide the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing as we ramp up our cybersecurity activities,” said Caralynn Collens, chief executive officer of UI Labs. “His experience in the industrial IoT space will be invaluable as we continue to address the unique security needs of the connected factory for defense manufacturers and other corporate partners.”
The center will concentrate its activities in three areas: awareness building, workforce development, and low-cost tool development. To disseminate educational materials, hardware and software tools to factories nationwide, the center is partnering with the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (Gaithersburg, MD) Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which has centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and provides services to more than 26,000 manufacturers annually.
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