The Robotics/Automation and
Cybersecurity Knowledge Sharing Coordination Network

Cyber4RAM Badge

A Digital Badge for Cyber Awareness

Our Motivation

As more and more manufacturing facilities become connected, the likelihood that their connected equipment will be hacked increases. The TRACKS-CN team determined that a digital badge is an effective way to spread cybersecurity awareness to technicians within the realm of Operational Technology (OT) in robotics/automation/mechatronics (RAM). 

Badge Competencies

The 11 competencies covered by the badge were selected from a list of 54 competencies published by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).  The 11 competencies tie to advanced manufacturing. 



NICE Competencies for Badge

  1. Asset and Inventory Mgmt. 
  2. Computer Languages
  3. Data Privacy
  4. Data Security
  5. Digital Forensics
  6. Identity Management 
  7. Incident Management
  8. Infrastructure Design
  9. Physical Device Security
  10. Systems Integration
  11. Vulnerabilities Assessment
The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has been funding innovation at two-year colleges for over twenty years. With a focus on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy, and strong partnerships between academic institutions and industry, ATE promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.

To learn more about ATE, please visit the NSF ATE program home page.

National Science Foundation logo This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program under Award No. 2000867. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented on our social media platforms are only those of the presenter grantee/researcher, author, or agency employee and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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