The Cyber Secure Dashboard project began as a collaboration in 2017 between the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute at the University of Illinois, and Heartland Science and Technology Group, not-for-profit scientific research and engineering company.
The Dashboard project was initially funded by the United States Department of Defense through the MxD (formerly Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute) Factory Operations & Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Project.
Our team was tasked with creating a tool to simplify and expedite the compliance process for every manufacturer, and to create a clear path to maintain future compliance. We wanted to empower experts as well as the uninitiated — to understand & meet compliance requirements — and to be prepared for a cyber compliant future.
As new DFARs requirements rolled out, MxD recognized that compliance would be a challenge for most small and mid-sized defense contractors. So the initial Dashboard project was proposed in support of Mx3’s objectives: to begin to understand the costs, challenges, and effectiveness of the DFARS controls for small and mid-sized manufacturers as an initial step in the continuing process of developing and refining technologies, standards and practices for factory floor data protection.
From it’s inception, the Dashboard was developed to handle shifting standards and the inevitable need for cybersecurity verification requirements. Now, as CMMC becomes the new standard for risk management, the future of effective cybersecurity and risk management lies in our ability to take these newly establish base-line practices and compliance assessments forward –applying them to the entire supply chain. Businesses up-and-down the supply chain can now understand and continuously monitor their own status relative to evolving compliance regulations, and to the very real cybersecurity risks they imply. Now more than ever, business leaders need an application that can facilitate essential cybersecurity leadership, mentorship, communication, documentation, and accurate risk assessment.
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We develop applications to automate and manage cybersecurity as a business process. We provide organizations of all sizes an easy to understand and implement process -- to meet the NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC cybersecurity standards and align with industry best practices. Our approach enables organizations of all sizes and capabilities to continuously adapt to changing requirements, to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders, to understand their posture relative to multiple interrelated standards, and continuously progress toward a more secure end state.
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