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Chicago Cyber Hub Will Work on Keeping Manufacturers Protected from Hacks

The Department of Defense is putting $750,000 into an operation in Chicago that will work on keeping manufacturing safe from destabilizing hacking attacks.


Chicago Inno reported this week that the money will go to the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute, which will be tasked with testing new cybersecurity technology.

The report cited a Verizon data breach study that said more than a third of cyber attacks in the United States are against manufacturers.

“We need to think about securing our manufacturing equipment the way we secure our laptops, and the complexity of this issue means our partners will get there much faster by working together,” DMDII Executive Director Thomas McDermott said in a statement provided to Chicago Inno.

The Institute is part of UI Labs, but was founded as part of a consortium that also includes the Department of Defense.

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