From the CEO: Bringing a continuous improvement mindset to cybersecurity

AME | May 14, 2021


At this time last year, you were probably hunting for toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Now a year later, there has been a mad rush at U.S. gas stations for a very different reason. The supply chain disruption caused by this week’s cyberattack has caused significant interruptions to the transportation of oil and gas.

As continuous improvement practitioners, you know the importance of always looking for new ways to innovate and better your processes and systems. There is a role for this mindset in cybersecurity. Organizations must keep their guard up. Continuous innovation and vigilance allow organizations to stay a step ahead of potential threats.

We have become increasingly reliant on technology in every industry: hospitals, financial institutions, manufacturing, government, and more. No industry and no organization is immune from hacks and cyberattacks. Your voice and knowledge can help maintain the integrity of your organization’s systems.

On the heels of the recent cyberattack, it is timely that AME has just opened registration for our Defense and Government Lean Summit, June 8-9. While the focus is on suppliers and those working in the defense and government sectors, these latest attacks remind us that no organization is immune and that we all must stay current on trends and technologies.

To that end, the summit will showcase several subject matter experts. You’ll hear leading voices on cybersecurity, veterans in the workforce and other topics. Plus, the summit includes tours of Essex Industries and Sierra Army Depot and keynotes by retired U.S. Marine Colonel Arthur Athens and Newport News Shipbuilding’s vice president of business transformation, chief information officer and chief transformation officer, Brian Fields. This timely event will help you and your organization learn more about lean, continuous improvement and leadership so that we can all avoid future supply chain disruptions. Paid summit participants will also receive a special discount for the 2021 AME International Conference. You can learn more and register at

As always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.