Strategies to Address OT Resiliency & Recovery

Organizations are slowly preparing and implementing controls to detect, prevent, and recover from cybersecurity attacks. Context around recovery strategies and best practices for an Operational Technology (OT) network are within reach but still lack an effective framework for OT personnel. There is minimal information on this topic, as well as limited publicly available solutions, playbooks, protocols, and other protection tools for the manufacturing community. MxD is releasing an RFP to provide resources for industry to secure their OT environment.

About the Project

MxD is releasing a Request for Proposals for the development of a manufacturer friendly playbook that will present a set of guidelines and strategies that allows a business to function if a network or component of an OT system is deemed compromised. Most organizations and small to mid-size manufacturers tend to treat cybersecurity as an afterthought when building and running their operations. Omitting this critical step will only increase the chances of being exposed to threats and attacks from the outside. Cyber threats to the OT environment are potentially larger and much more damaging than threats made to the IT environment. They can include ransomware demands backed by shutdown threats, production process code alterations that can change industrial robot safety levels, affect product contents and manufacturing yields, or even cause massive damage.

It is imperative to provide the manufacturing community with cybersecurity guidance to prepare and react appropriately in case of an attack. To fulfill this need, MxD is funding the development of a playbook which will focus on presenting a set of strategies for an organization to function if their OT networks are compromised. The playbook can be tailored to help jump start the preparation and recovery stages for an organization in case of a cyberattack.

RFP responses are due on or before
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CT.

Proposals must be submitted by teams; MxD membership is not required for submission but will be required prior to project award. To facilitate team formation, MxD will compile and disseminate contact information from parties interested in Team Formation during the first month of the proposal period. If you are interested in submitting your contact info to this distribution list, please email

Note: All project work must be performed in the United States.
This project is a TIA Enterprise Project that requires a minimum of 1:1 cost share.

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