NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

July Cybersecurity Workshop Banner

NY MEP and its partners are helping NYS manufacturers comply with NIST SP 800-171 so that they can keep their defense contracts and bid on new opportunities. If your business handles controlled unclassified information (CUI), your company needs to assess its cybersecurity and report its Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) score. And it doesn’t matter where you are in the DoD supply chain.



View a recording of this workshop, and then join our Cybersecurity Cohort, to gain the tools you need to succeed.


 NYS manufacturers who enroll in the cohort will receive:

  • Free, expert-led instruction in all 14 families of NIST SP 800-171
  • Practical experience identifying and addressing cybersecurity challenges
  • The ability to ask questions and get answers during weekly virtual office hours as you assess your own cyber readiness

This event is powered by FuzeHub, the statewide NY MEP center, in partnership with the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) and the Manufacturing and Technology Enterprise Center (MTEC), two regional NY MEP centers that perform cybersecurity assessments and remediation; the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) that provides NYS manufacturers with government contracting assistance; and the Global Cybersecurity Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


Originally Held: 

July 15, 2021 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Online Virtual Workshop



  • Master of Ceremonies – Everton H. Henriques
  • Welcome – Cory Albrecht


  • Speaker I – Jake Mihevc (MVCC)


  • Speaker II – Paul LaPorte (AIM)


  • Speaker III – Manna Doyle (North Country PTAC)


  • Speaker II – Paul LaPorte (AIM)


  • Global Cybersecurity Institute – Viviane Stover & Justin Pelletier (RIT)
  • Cohort Memberships & Cyber Grants – Cory Albrecht & Everton H. Henriques


  • Break


  • Moderated Self-Assessment Walkthrough with Industry Experts


  • Final Comments – Cory Albrecht & Everton H. Henriques
  • Workshop Ends


Jake Mihevc

Jake Mihevc – Dean of STEM, Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC): Jake Mihevc serves as Dean of STEM transfer program at MVCC, a CAE2Y. Jake is also the Director and PI of the Northeast Regional Resource Center for the CAE program. Jake leads the cybersecurity programs at MVCC, which began in 2010 with a 2.8M non-credit grant program that provided free training to over 2,200 participants and culminated in a 155-student CAE-designated Cybersecurity AS program in 2016. Jake is also a co-founder of the Central New York Hackathon, a regional cybersecurity competition that brings over 100 students from eight cybersecurity programs together each semester to test their skills.

Paul LaPorte

Paul LaPorte

Paul LaPorte – Cyber Security Coordinator, Advanced Institute for Manufacturing:  As an IT professional for 10 years, Paul has provided a variety of IT and Cyber Security solutions and training in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, education, commerce, insurance, and more. Paul has an A.S in Microcomputer Technologies: Technical Support and a B.S. in Network and Computer Security. Prior to joining AIM, Paul was the Interim Director of Information Technology at the Utica School of Commerce. 

Manna Doyle

Manna Doyle, North Country PTAC

Manna Doyle – Manager, North Country PTAC:  Manna’s path has been one of evolution and reinvention. Leadership, team building, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit have fueled his career journey. His experience includes a mix of telecommunications, manufacturing and customer service with many companies based in Northern New York. He has worked with the Jefferson County I.D.A., Saint Lawrence County I.D.A. as well as the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority and the programs they provide to develop his team. Through Tulmar Manufacturing’s affiliation with an international company based in Canada, servicing Federal Government, Defense Industry and commercial clients in both Canada and the USA, Manna enjoys a broad perspective of business opportunities and issues. His creativity and solution-oriented thinking are reflected in the words, “I’ll go where others fear to tread to find solutions”. Manna has a Lean Manufacturing White Belt and serves on the board of CITEC Business Solutions. He also has an A.A.S. in Telecommunications from Cayuga Community College.

Viviane Stover

Viviane Stover

Viviane Stover – Producer and Business Director of the Cyber Range and Training Center in RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute: Viviane Stover has over 15 years of experience in the Information Security arena. She has managed and evaluated Cybersecurity postures and programs for local companies such as Five Star Bank, Excellus, Xerox, and RG&E. Viviane holds an Information System Auditor Certification (CISA) and is an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). After earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Statistics from RIT, Viviane started her career at Price Waterhouse LLP. Currently working as the Producer and Business Director of the Cyber Range at RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute, Viviane is in the business of improving people’s lives through cybersecurity training. Viviane is also a Adjunct Professor at RIT focusing on corporate policy development, governance and the worldwide cybersecurity regulatory landscape.

Justin Pelletier

Justin Pelletier

Justin Pelletier – Director of the Cyber Range and Training Center in RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute:  As a component of this work, he trains and leads student teams to perform security assessments for partner organizations and oversees cybersecurity competitions that bring together the top cyber talent from across the globe. As a Lecturer in the Department of Computing Security, Dr. Pelletier teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and helped to bring the Hacking for Defense initiative to RIT. He holds a PhD in Information Assurance and Security, an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Computer Science. He is also a combat veteran and currently serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserve.

Cory Albrecht

Cory Albrecht – Director, Advanced Institute for Manufacturing:  Since 2007 Cory has been assisting manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region through the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program as the Director of MVCC’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM). In this role, Cory works with over 700 Mohawk Valley Regional manufacturers with the goal of helping them increase their competitiveness and grow businesses.

Franca Armstrong

Franca Armstrong

Franca Armstrong – Associate Vice President, Workforce Development and Dean of Rome Campus at Mohawk Valley Community College:  Franca sets the priorities and objectives and short and long-term strategic planning for MVCC’s branch campus in Rome, NY, and the non-credit Workforce Development activities of the College. She has been with MVCC for 16 years in various roles.

Everton H. Henriques

Everton H. Henriques – New York MEP Solutions Director, FuzeHub:  Everton is focused on helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, the local colleges and universities, and business leaders to advance innovation and technology. 

Cybersecurity Self-Assessment July Workshop

Event Partners

Advanced Institute for Manufacturing