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Board 244: CyberSecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Tony Hills Northwest State Community College

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Tony Hills is a Professor of Information Technology in the STEM department at Northwest State Community College. He has thirty years of experience in the Information Technology field both as a practitioner and as a teacher. His area of expertise is system administration and cybersecurity, but he also has experience in computer programming. Topics that he has taught include computer hardware, operating systems, data networking, cybersecurity, cloud computing, database management and computer programming. Tony Hills has earned a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership degree from Defiance College and a Master of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree from Western Governors University.

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Title: CyberSecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations

Advanced manufacturing organizations have historically suffered from poor cyber-security defenses. Some of the reason for this is a lack of security awareness among the engineering technicians responsible for day-to-day maintenance and operations. In addition, information technology personnel who have security knowledge are not aware of the unique challenges posed by advanced manufacturing technology.

We believe that providing free, accessible, training material presented using technology typically found in advanced manufacturing will increase cyber-security awareness among both groups. To prove this, we have created virtual training scenarios designed to increase general security knowledge among engineering technicians. These training scenarios can also be used to increase awareness of advanced manufacturing technology in information technology workers. To accompany our scenarios, we have created a virtual industrial control environment. This virtual industrial control system can be used without safety concerns or expensive specialized industrial hardware. This virtual industrial control environment can be used remotely, anywhere and at any time. The virtual scenarios can be used with or without guided instruction as they include videos, presentations, labs, and other material intended to facilitate both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Our material has been used in classes at several educational institutions. The scenarios have been used in four-year universities, two-year community colleges and a high school. We have assessed student learning for twenty students, in three courses. Our assessment shows that students completing the scenarios can apply the concepts being taught in the scenarios.

Funding for this project has been provided by an NSF ATE grant.

Hills, T. (2023, June), Board 244: CyberSecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Organizations Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--42687

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