The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) today released its first Public Roadmap, which details a five-year plan for the Institute’s activities, priorities, and initiatives. Housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio, CyManII supports early-stage research and development (R&D) to improve the competitiveness of American manufacturing, secure supply chains, and bolster cybersecurity in energy-efficient manufacturing. 

“CyManII is charting an aggressive course to a more secure and prosperous manufacturing industry,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “The initiatives detailed in this Roadmap will ensure that our protective measures keep pace with advancements in automation, digitization, and a range of advanced manufacturing technologies, protecting our domestic manufacturing and our economy.” 

CyManII’s Public Roadmap outlines a five-year vision for cybersecurity in American manufacturing and the technical research required to achieve this security. The Public Roadmap also represents an invitation to CyManII’s member-organizations, as well as the manufacturing sector at large, to collaborate in the secure deployment of advanced and energy-efficient manufacturing technologies while securing existing manufacturing operations and supply chains from cyber threats.  

CyManII is funded by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and co-managed by the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). The Institute’s partners include four DOE National Laboratories, public and private universities, and private sector manufacturers in energy, defense, and other critical industries.  

“As industrial control systems become increasingly digitized, cybersecurity becomes even more important,” said CESER Director Puesh Kumar. “CESER is enthusiastic about continuing to partner with CyManII on a number of national cybersecurity initiatives, including bringing more cybersecurity education to engineers and technicians under the National Cyber-Informed Engineering Strategy and appending cybersecurity content for control systems in national frameworks like MITRE’s Common Weakness Enumeration. CyManII’s expertise in these efforts continues to be invaluable.” 

CyManII’s budget includes $70 million in federal funding and more than $40 million in private cost-share commitments. The sixth institute funded by AMO, CyManll is a part of Manufacturing USA®, a network of federally funded institutes dedicated to improving American manufacturing competitiveness and promoting a robust and sustainable national manufacturing R&D infrastructure.