WASHINGTON, DC (December 11, 2017) – The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is pleased to announce a partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. campaign.
The Stop.Think.Connect. campaign aims to empower Americans by educating them about cybersecurity, safe online behavior and best practices. More than 400 government, nonprofit and academic organizations have joined this campaign in an effort to provide actionable guidance on cybersecurity to the public.
Maintenance, reliability and physical asset management benefits from technological advances brought on by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). While these advancements help practitioners monitor large assets in factories and plants, they also require additional cybersecurity vigilance and skill. As a global leader in this profession, SMRP provides expertise on the risk and resiliency of critical data, physical infrastructure and equipment across key industries in the US and around the world.
“SMRP regularly works with the U.S. government and other organizations to improve the security of our national infrastructure as well as our members and their companies,” said SMRP Chair, Howard Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP. “Our partnership with the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign elevates our ongoing collaboration with government, academic, professional and private organizations to new heights. Participating in meaningful and impactful initiatives such as this allows us to improve global standards to secure our ever-connected private and professional lives.”
“Cybersecurity has become a responsibility that must be shared by citizens, businesses and governments alike,” said SMRP Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Working Group Chair, Paul Mihm, PE. “Secure online practices should be as routine as looking both ways before crossing the street. We’re proud to be a part of this effort to give individual citizens the knowledge and power to defend themselves against cyber threats.”
As a National Network Partner, SMRP will promote cybersecurity best practices, share cybersecurity resources with members, and coordinate initiatives with DHS and campaign partners. SMRP will also participate in major cybersecurity initiatives, such as the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, in October.
The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is a nonprofit professional society formed by practitioners to advance the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession. SMRP’s membership consists of more than 6,000 individuals, practitioners, companies and students around the world. SMRP is committed to sustaining best practices and developing leaders in the profession by offering educational resources, world-class certifications and knowledge-sharing opportunities for members. For more information, visit www.smrp.org.