Tooling U-SME Partners With CyManII to Launch a Cybersecurity Training Program

Tooling U-SME, the workforce training and development arm of SME, and CyManII, the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, have partnered to deliver “CyManII Sealed” – endorsed cybersecurity training for manufacturers. As cyberattacks grow increasingly sophisticated and threat landscapes expand, organizations and their employees need to understand how to raise awareness and take actionable preventative measures to protect against the new vulnerabilities.

“Cybersecurity is highly reliant on people,” said Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer at SME. “Preventing cyberattacks on our supply chain only works when everyone is a part of the solution. This is even more important in the context of our current skills gap. Our vision, as two nonprofit organizations, includes a focus on securing manufacturers from threats by equipping the industry with the necessary cybersecurity skills.”

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Tooling U-SME through the CyManII Sealed cybersecurity training program will provide the additional knowledge needed to prepare manufacturers for the growing vulnerabilities inherent with emerging operational and processes technologies. The web-based training is presented in an engaging and interactive format for organizations of all sizes.

Together, CyManII and Tooling U-SME will set a new benchmark for developing educational resources that remain current with rapidly changing cyberthreats and democratizing access to training on cybersecurity awareness.

Awareness of Cybersecurity Is Critical

With increased adoptions of Industry 4.0 technologies, and the increased digital connectivity throughout our facilities, a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity is becoming more critical to preventing losses due to cyberattacks. The United States Government Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency identifies manufacturing as one of the 16 critical U.S. infrastructures. Consequently, ensuring the strength and integrity of this sector is crucial to national safety and security.

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Upskilling the Workforce in Cybersecurity

For the industry to securely compete globally, the workforce must be prepared and motivated. Leveraging Tooling U-SME’s training portfolio and extensive reach into industry and academia, CyManII Sealed will drive progress through transformational workforce development. Through this national collaboration, Tooling U-SME will become a key partner for CyManII, launching CyManII Sealed-approved training and setting a new standard in industry cybersecurity learning solutions for the manufacturing sector.

“In the height of the Industry 4.0 transformation that the workforce is facing, it is imperative that Tooling U-SME and CyManII partner to provide learning solutions needed to develop a workforce that is trained and upskilled in the areas of operational technology and cybersecurity to protect our nation’s most vulnerable assets,” said Ty Middleton, Director of Education and Workforce Development at CyManII.

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