JUNE 2023

CRI and CYMANII Partner on Cybersecurity Training Program for the Manufacturing Sector

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) and Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) are partnering to help small and medium-sized manufacturers improve their cyber readiness and the security of this vital sector of the U.S. economy.

The CRI/CyManII partnership is in response to the sharp rise in the number of cyber attacks targeting small and medium-sized manufacturers. Through CyManII, manufacturers will have access to CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program to help educate employees in essential cyber readiness best practices to improve basic security practices and reduce potential cyber attack vulnerabilities.

Members of the CYMANII network can sign up HERE for CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program. The Program is an easy-to-use, practical way for manufacturing organizations of all sizes to provide security awareness training to employees and establish sustainable, effective cyber readiness practices. The self-guided Program is free, requires minimal technical expertise, and can be completed in five hours. From checklists to policy templates and training materials, the CRI program offers everything you need to build basic cyber skills and engage employees to build a cyber ready culture.

“We are very excited to partner with CYMANII to improve cyber readiness skills in the manufacturing sector,” said Karen S. Evans Managing Director of CRI. “CYMANII’s commitment will help small and medium-sized manufacturers across the globe become more secure.”

CyManII and CRI believe it’s critical to partner on solutions that can help strengthen and protect our nation’s supply chains. This partnership will empower manufacturing organizations by providing resources to advance their cyber capabilities.

“Digitization is essential to building national industrial capacity,” said Howard Grimes, CEO, CyMaNII. “However, today’s reactive approach to digital industrial security isn’t enough to avoid the risk of cyber attacks at the local, regional, and national levels. CyManII is leading proactive secure digitization to ensure industrial systems are not vulnerable to cyber-attacks by providing training and cybersecurity tools for immediate use and developing new architectures to secure legacy and future systems. We look forward to working with CRI on this mission.”

The CRI/CyManII partnership will allow for the exchange of best practices and experiences that inform the continued development of free cybersecurity tools and resources for SMB manufacturers.

About Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute is a non-profit initiative that convenes business leaders from across sectors and geographic regions to create free cybersecurity tools for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

CRI’s resources focus on human behavior and emphasize employee education and awareness. Our mission is to advance the cyber readiness of SMBs to improve the security of global supply chains. The Institute is housed within the Center for Global Enterprise, a New York-based non-profit applied research organization. CRI was co-founded by the CEOs of the Center for Global Enterprise, Mastercard, Microsoft, and PSP Partners, as a follow-up action to the work of the 2016 President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Members include Apple, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Principal Financial Group.


CyManII was launched in 2020 by the Department of Energy, as part of the greater Manufacturing USA Network, designated as a Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute to work across the manufacturing industry, research and academic institutions, and federal government agencies to develop technologies that enable the security and growth of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Simultaneously, CyManII is continuing its collaborative research to design and implement architectures of the next-generation that are cyber-inspired and secure by design. www.cymanii.org