Eagle Metalcraft’s Path to Cybersecurity Excellence

Cybersecurity and industry compliance

At Eagle Metalcraft, we recently embarked on our journey toward cybersecurity excellence and compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Special Publication 800-171 (NIST SP 800-171). The path toward cybersecurity excellence involves several crucial steps, the first of which is performing a self-certification and internal audit.

The internal audit, a pivotal milestone on the road to compliance, revealed promising results affirming that we are on a trajectory to secure certification. The audit results fall within the “Good Range,” signifying significant progress in aligning our cybersecurity practices with the NIST SP 800-171 framework.

With the internal audit completed, the next vital step in our quest for cybersecurity certification is to engage a third-party auditor. This external review will validate the internal audit findings, ensuring accuracy and completeness. Once this step is concluded, we will be well-positioned to attain NIST SP 800-171 certification.

Why Is Cybersecurity Important in the Manufacturing Industry?

In an era defined by technological advancements, the defense industry faces a growing and ever-evolving threat landscape in cybersecurity. Adversaries, driven by increasingly sophisticated methods, relentlessly target entities that possess sensitive information, including government agencies, prime contractors, and suppliers.

In this high-stakes arena, protecting sensitive data and intellectual property takes precedence. A single breach or mistake could have far-reaching consequences, affecting customers, businesses, the aerospace and defense sector, and national security.

Recognizing the gravity of this situation, the industry devised NIST SP 800-171, a comprehensive framework that lays the foundation for robust cybersecurity practices.

NIST SP 800-171: A Pillar of Cybersecurity Assurance

Manufacturing companies striving to secure contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) understand that NIST SP 800-171 compliance is not merely a choice but an imperative. The DoD relies heavily on an extensive network of suppliers and contractors to provide essential equipment, components, and services critical to national security.

In this dynamic landscape, adherence to NIST SP 800-171 is a non-negotiable prerequisite. It functions as the linchpin, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of controlled unclassified information (CUI).

NIST SP 800-171 is akin to a roadmap for safeguarding sensitive data. It outlines security requirements, each accompanied by specific controls. These controls span the administrative, technical, and physical realms, forming a robust defense against cyber threats.

The Crucial Role of NIST SP 800-171 Compliance in the Defense Industry

In an environment where cyberattacks continue to rise in frequency and sophistication, NIST SP 800-171 compliance isn’t just a box to check. It’s a commitment to safeguarding sensitive information and contributing to national security while emphasizing the shared responsibility among suppliers and contractors in upholding cybersecurity standards.

“At Eagle Metalcraft, our dedication to achieving NIST SP 800-171 certification underscores our commitment to these principles and exemplifies the essential role that manufacturing companies play in fortifying the nation’s cybersecurity defenses,” said Michael Bower, owner of Eagle Metalcraft. “Beyond meeting regulatory requirements, NIST SP 800-171 compliance empowers organizations like ours to actively contribute to the security and resilience of the defense industry.”

In a world where cybersecurity is a paramount concern, these efforts are a testament to the industry’s commitment to excellence and the protection of vital national interests.

“The landscape of cybersecurity continues to evolve. Because of this, we cannot look at compliance as just a mandate,” Michael said. “It’s a pledge to safeguard the future of our nation’s security and technological advancement. By pursuing cybersecurity excellence, Eagle Metalcraft and companies like ours set a powerful example for the defense sector, demonstrating that preparedness and collaboration are the keys to success in the face of digital vulnerabilities.”


Eagle Metalcraft employs a mix of team members, from employees who have been with the company for decades to new faces eager to continue the company’s transition into the digital age. As the premier sheet metal fabricator, Eagle Metalcraft maintains an “old world craftsmanship” using state-of-the-art capital equipment to improve quality and productivity.

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