What is this paper about?
As manufacturers are increasingly targeted in cyberattacks, any
gaps in cybersecurity leave small manufacturers vulnerable to attacks. Small
manufacturers tend to operate facilities with limited staff and resources,
often causing cybersecurity to fall by the wayside as something that costs too
much time and money. Additionally, bringing together various cybersecurity
standards, frameworks, and guides to derive a coherent action plan is a
challenge even for those experienced in cybersecurity.
Security segmentation is a cost effective and efficient security
design approach for protecting cyber assets by grouping them based on their
communication and security requirements. This paper outlines a practical
six-step approach, incorporating the NIST
Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and NIST IR 8183 Cybersecurity Framework: Manufacturing Profile
(“CSF Manufacturing Profile”), that manufacturers can follow to implement
security segmentation and mitigate cyber vulnerabilities in their manufacturing
The NIST Cybersecurity White Paper: Security Segmentation in a Small
Manufacturing Environment is now available free of charge.
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