Manufacturers invited to learn about cybersecurity at Dec. 12 Ranch event

Thursday December 7, 2017 0 comments Tags: Loveland, NoCo Manufacturing Partnership, CAMA, Mike O'Donnell, Chris Conrardy

LOVELAND -- Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) will present “The Importance of Cybersecurity for Manufacturers” Dec. 12 at The Ranch events complex in Loveland.NOCOM_logoUSE

The event, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., will focus on important cybersecurity issues along with an important 12/31/17 deadline that manufacturers who support the defense sector must meet.

To help Colorado manufacturers become cybersecure, Manufacturer’s Edge said it is partnering with NoCO and Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) to offer a cybersecurity presentation featuring a cyber expert from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Registration closes at noon Dec. 11.

NoCO said Colorado’s 6,000 manufacturers (85% with fewer than 20 employees) are busy making products and don’t always have the time or the trained technology professionals available to help them secure their infrastructure.

But cybersecurity risks are real and can destroy a business and its reputation, NoCO notes.

Manufacturers not compliant with new cybersecurity regulations by the end of this year risk losing or disrupting the work they provide under contract with the Department of Defense (DoD).

Manufacturers, no matter their size, are encouraged to pay attention to cybersecurity, particularly as they become increasingly reliant on computer systems and IT.

A cybersecurity incident could not only result in damage to their information or information systems but cause loss of profit, decreased productivity and damage to their credit and reputation—and if the incident ends up being costly, they may be driven out of business altogether.

As they face the continuing threat of cyber breaches and malicious ransomware, NoCO said manufacturers need to know how to protect themselves and their clients against crippling cyberattacks and be aware of risks to national security.

Manufacturers can learn about cost-effective solutions that meet DoD requirements and the basic foundations of cybersecurity, including policies, procedures and people, at the Dec. 12 event.

NoCO said event attendees will learn how to defend vital data and information, avoid disruptions to operations and product delivery, and protect employees’ personal information.

They also will learn how to provide awareness training to help employees -- the first line of defense against cyberattacks -- recognize phishing attacks, the risks associated with the use of social media and various cybersecurity issues and how to address them in the workplace.

The event will include a speaker program followed by networking. Panelists will include Mike O'Donnell with Envision IT Partners and Chris Conrardy with EWI.

The speaker program will be 3:30-5:00 p.m. with B2B networking from 5-6 p.m. RSVP is required.

Remote live streams for those who can’t attend the event will be available thanks to CAMA at the Southern Colorado Fuse Center, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, and CAMA, 14062 Denver West Parkway, Building 52, Suite 300,  Golden.

The cost for NoCO members is $15 and admission is $20 for non-members.