MVCC’s ‘AIM’ on target with cybersecurity training


Mohawk Valley Community College’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) provided cybersecurity training on March 14 and 15 to Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers from across New York at the MVCC Rome Campus.

Presenters included AIM Cybersecurity Coordinator Paul LaPorte; MVCC Associate Dean of Business, Cybersecurity, and Computer Sciences Jake Mihevc; and Dr. Gerard Capraro of Capraro Technologies, Inc. and Griffiss Institute.

The training was offered through a partnership with FuzeHub, the statewide MEP center that connects manufacturers to cutting-edge resources. Throughout the six-county Mohawk Valley region, AIM provides many comprehensive services to manufacturers in various industries. One of those services is cybersecurity training and assistance.

“The partnership between AIM, NY MEP, and FuzeHub is extremely beneficial to the New York manufacturing community by equipping all 10 regional MEP centers across the state with the tools to provide cybersecurity assessment, training, and implementation of solutions for manufacturers to comply with the NIST 800-171 Standard,” said Everton H. Henriques, FuzeHub’s MEP Solutions director.

“These intense sessions over two days provided MEP centers with the knowledge and resources to conduct cybersecurity assessments with manufacturers and prevent cyberattacks,” said Cory Albrecht, AIM director. “Cybersecurity is the cornerstone of AIM’s services due to the growing need for manufacturers to protect their information from internal and external threats. The technology-rich Mohawk Valley allowed AIM to quickly develop staff, build our program, identify partners, and deliver cyberattack solutions to manufacturers in our community.”

AIM is a multi-year grant certified by the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It assists small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies to develop new products, increase output, attract and train skilled workers, improve product quality, create optimal cybersecurity systems, and market to a range of audiences. For more information, call 315-624-9800 or visit


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