Lipinski Amendment Helps Small Businesses Implement Cybersecurity Standards

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) added an amendment to the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers improve their cybersecurity practices and comply with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) updated cybersecurity standards.  The bill passed the House today.

Last year, DOD issued updated cybersecurity standards for their contractors that must be implemented by January 1, 2018.  Since that time, small and midsized manufacturers have been scrambling to update their cybersecurity protocols but have not received enough support from DOD.  Lipinski’s amendment encourages the Secretary of Defense to establish a cooperative program between the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense, the Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership to educate and assist small and medium-sized manufacturers in achieving compliance with the updated standards.

“I have heard from a number of small manufacturers in my district that it is very difficult getting the information and expertise necessary to institute these standards,” said Rep. Lipinski on the House floor.  “They fear this may mean the end of their companies.  America cannot afford to lose these small businesses.  My amendment helps these small manufacturers and improves cybersecurity across the defense supply chain.  This is a win for our country and our communities.”

“Today, there are two kinds of businesses; those that know they’ve been hacked and those that don’t,” said Zach Mottl, co-owner of Atlas Tool & Die Works in Lyons.  “When it comes to the United States’ defense industry supply chain, we have a very real issue and a serious need for improved cybersecurity.  Still, many manufacturers, especially small and midsized companies, are ill equipped and lack the resources necessary to understand and implement these solutions.  I applaud Congressman Lipinski’s work to help small and midsized businesses - vital parts of our defense supply chain - to survive and to secure our country’s critical information from cyberattacks.”