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40 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2022 Feature Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 Nolan Johnson speaks with Ryan Bonner, CEO of DEFCERT, about government regula- tions for data and cybersecurity. A key compo- nent of moving to a digital factory will be to ensure security of the data required to operate a digital factory, and most importantly, cus- tomer design data. Nolan Johnson: Ryan, what does DEFCERT do? Ryan Bonner: We're a compliance consulting organization working mostly in regulated man- ufacturing spaces. Johnson: Can you explain that? Bonner: A regulated manufacturing space is anywhere you have regulations attached to data. When manufacturers produce goods or perform a service or process in the larger sup- ply chain, sometimes the data that's associated with that work is regulated. In our case, it's mostly federally regulated. We work with orga- nizations when they receive seemingly innocu- ous data that they've produced in similar fash- ion for other clients over the years, but now there are extra strings attached in the form of regulations. ose show up in different ways, but we must identify newer or better strate- gies for manufacturers to not only use and con- sume that data but also to safeguard it. The Reality of Regulated Manufacturing

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