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Small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Michigan now have a valuable opportunity to gauge their cybersecurity preparedness, thanks to Automation Alley’s Cybersecurity Research Project. This initiative, in partnership with Oakland University Cybersecurity Center and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, offers free participation for companies eager to assess their vulnerability to cyberattacks. Participants can complete the SensCy Score assessment, a 40-question survey, and receive a one-page report featuring their SensCy Score.

Tom Kelly, the Executive Director and CEO of Automation Alley, emphasized the importance of addressing cybersecurity risks for small and medium-sized manufacturers: “As small and medium-sized manufacturers face unprecedented cybersecurity risks, it’s essential for these companies to be aware of their cyberhealth score and ways to potentially lower their risk.” The evaluation helps these companies comprehend the risks posed by cyberattacks, from threats to their brand and supply chain to the well-being of their employees.

The SensCy Score assessment process is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework. Conducted by a professional from SensCy, the assessment takes about 30 minutes and analyzes more than 100 data points to provide a measurable cyberhealth score on a 1,000-point scale. Organizations are advised to aim for a score higher than 800, with factors like cybersecurity policies, cyber awareness and incident detection and response capabilities affecting the score.

“SensCy is proud to take part in this initiative and offer manufacturers the opportunity to take the first step toward advancing cybersecurity and safeguarding digital operations in their industry,” said SensCy’s CEO, Rick Snyder. He encouraged all Michigan manufacturers to participate by signing up through Automation Alley’s website.

Participants in this initiative will receive a one-page summary detailing their organization’s evaluation, including the SensCy Score and tailored recommendations to enhance their score. The evaluation is offered at no cost, and no special preparation is required.

This initiative marks one of the first steps taken by the newly established Oakland University Cybersecurity Center, which was launched with a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity. The center is a collaborative effort between Automation Alley, Oakland University, Fraunhofer USA, GRIMM Cyber, and SensCy, with a focus on research, development and insights to enhance cybersecurity in the energy sector and prevent power disruptions from cyber incidents.


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