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So what are we up to?
MISI is one of the driving forces enabling the ability of small and medium sized DoD suppliers to prepare for compliance with the new DoD CMMC framework. How is MISI and its DreamPort Cyber Mission Accelerator moving the needle for DoD and its supply chain?
For just over a year MISI has been leading the charge, testing and evaluating some of the top industrial control cybersecurity solutions. Our lab at DreamPort has been the center of activity for testing using our cybersecurity test environment called the ACME Factory. The ACME Factory has a front office with a number of severs and desk tops that utilize operating systems and hardware typically found in small businesses and in small defense industrial base manufacturers. The ACME Factory also has a factory floor that simulates an Surface Mount Technology manufacturer factory floor.
Surface-mount technology (SMT) is a method in which the electrical components are mounted directly onto the surface of a printed circuit board (PCB). A large number of SMT manufacturers get their raw materials and factory floor equipment from foreign suppliers. The factory floor utilizes legacy but also modern well known programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The MISI DreamPort factory floor has a variety of PLCs and simulated and real SMT factory operations.
The factory also includes cooperative robots or COBOTS. COBOTS are typically fully integrated robots with a wide array of capability that cost less than traditional industrial robots on the average. The ACME Factory gets attacked by US Cyber Command, US Army, US Naval Academy and University hackers and attempts to defend the attacks are complimented by solutions we are testing for things line insider threats, attacks against the factory IIoT, WiFi, servers, desktops an industrial control systems that operate the factory floor equipment. For a small representative SMT factory, ACME sees quite a bit of activity. This is how the MISI team and its key partners on the project have developed keen insights on how to defend, detect and accelerate cyber compliance for not just information technology (IT) but also Operational Technology (OT) technology.
The MISI DreamPort team also operates a security operations center (SOC). The SOC is used to monitor participants in a DoD sponsored project called Project Spectrum. Project Spectrum is a pilot program designed to provide training, best practices, vetted solutions and accelerate the path to compliance for participating DoD supply chain companies that also include manufacturers. The MISI team also develops integrated solutions designed to test the effectiveness and determine implementation cost and impact on the small to medium sized DoD supplier's operations if any. These solutions are tested in the MISI DreamPort labs but also in the field. Solutions that are tested and approved gain the MISI Cyber Mission Accelerator seal of approval. Our overall goals are:
Project Spectrum was founded in late 2018 as a collaboration between the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI) and its DreamPort Mission Accelerator. DreamPort is a program and facility operated by MISI and launched as part of a US Cyber Command OTA PIA contract.
The Project Spectrum team has developed a website designed as a gateway for cybersecurity compliance, knowledge and solutions. The website will provide:
Project Spectrum is designed to assist manufacturers and IT focused small and medium sized companies to increase their cyber awareness and to begin to prepare for the upcoming mandatory audits associated with CMMC and to comply with existing cybersecurity policy.The Stakeholders will in exchange:
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Other conferences have focused on artificial intelligence, election security, supply chain security and industrial control cybersecurity amongst other topics.