Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute Creating New Cyber Hub for Manufacturing

Mar 23, 2018

The Manufacturing USA Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently announced the launching of a “Cyber Hub for Manufacturing” thanks to $750,000 in Department of Defense (DoD) funding. The Hub will be ground zero for new cyber technology development to secure American manufacturing shop floors. The initiative is part of DMDII’s public-private partnerships as one of the Manufacturing USA Institutes that are sponsored by DoD in an effort to advance cutting edge digital manufacturing.

The impetus for the new Hub is that as we move towards a more digitized society, cybersecurity is becoming more of a concern for a list of industries, manufacturing top among them. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the online aspects of the industry are developing at an increased rate. This brings the advantage of innovative new products that will benefit society, but “As the manufacturing sector becomes more intertwined with advanced technology data and robotics, it is increasingly important that our manufacturers are prepared to face cybersecurity threat. This new cyber hub will be an extension of DNDII’s innovative work of making America’s manufacturing industry more competitive,” Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) said.

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