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Did You Know?

9/25/2020

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

NEMA Announces Healthcare Facilities Council
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced the launch of a new council to help improve healthcare delivery environments while expanding market opportunities for manufacturers serving the healthcare facilities market.

The Healthcare Facilities Council (HFC) will provide professionals with a forum where they can share knowledge and best practices on healthcare delivery environments, and collaborate to improve outcomes in the healthcare and electrical and medical imaging industries. HFC members can include NEMA/ Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) members, trade associations in the healthcare space, healthcare facility owners, designers, engineers, and regulators in the healthcare industry.

To learn more or to join the HFC, see the NEMA news item.

NIST Scale Helps Employers Provide Training on Phishing Cyberattacks
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method to help employers understand phishing vulnerabilities and improve their training programs to mitigate the effects of cyberattacks.

Cybercrime can take the form of phishing emails, which may seem to appear to be from an acquaintance or trustworthy institution. NIST's Phish Scale provides a rating on phishing emails and offers insight into why an email may be easy or difficult for its target audience to detect as fraudulent. Chief information security officers (CISOs), often tasked with training employees on how to identify phishing attempts, can use this information to develop more effective training programs with improved examples of phishing emails for their target audience. With more deceptive sample phishing emails, CISOs can offer better training to help employees identify sophisticated phishing attempts.

See NIST’s news item to learn more.

ATIS Announces Launch of New Website
ATIS, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has launched its redesigned website at www.atis.org.

The new website features enhanced search capabilities, and content is organized by core technology focus areas: 6G, 5G, AI, critical communications and infrastructure, numbering, IoT, satellite networks, smart cities, network timing and synchronization, and more. Users can access white papers, press releases, blog content, and other resources gathered through ATIS’s activities and ICT industry collaboration.

“ATIS initiatives are both future-focused — advancing U.S. leadership in the development of the 6G network, for example — and also address more immediate concerns, such as our work to mitigate illegal robocalling,” said ATIS president and CEO Susan Miller. “Whether near-term or long-term and strategic, the new website provides easier access to the many solutions ATIS delivers to shape our industry’s future.”

See the ATIS news item to learn more.

SAE Education Program Included in Indiana’s Statewide STEM Curriculum
SAE International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has announced that its “A World In Motion” (AWIM) program has been approved by the Indiana Department of Education as an evidence-based STEM curriculum program through which school districts can apply for grant funding.

AWIM is a program that brings science, technology, engineering, and math education to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Administered by teachers and assisted by industry volunteers, the program uses hands-on activities benchmarked to national learning standards.

“Through SAE’s AWIM program, we strive to deliver on our mission to help today's students become tomorrow's engineers and scientists,” said Chris Ciuca, vice president of programs at SAE International. “This certification will allow AWIM programming to gain wider adoption across the state of Indiana to continue to influence and enhance the ways in which our youth are prepared to meet the challenges of the future. We look forward to helping unlock the potential in every child throughout Indiana with our evidence-based classroom STEM efforts.”

Learn more in SAE’s news item.

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