Lesson 1A – Quality, Innovation, & Cybersecurity

This lesson focuses on foundational concepts that will help students understand production systems from a quality systems perspective.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the relationship between production systems, industrial control systems, and critical infrastructure
  • Explain quality, usability, and innovation
  • Describe the components of a quality system
  • Explain how quality (and quality systems) are related to cybersecurity
Lesson 1A – Quality, Innovation, & Cybersecurity Lesson Plan

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* NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework KSAs Addressed
  • K0120: Knowledge of how information needs and collection requirements are translated, tracked, and prioritized across the extended enterprise
  • K0146: Knowledge of the organization's core business/mission processes.
  • K0154: Knowledge of supply chain risk management standards, processes, and practices.
  • K0164: Knowledge of functionality, quality, and security requirements and how these will apply to specific items of supply (i.e., elements and processes).
  • K0198: Knowledge of organizational process improvement concepts and process maturity models (e.g., Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development, CMMI for Services, and CMMI for Acquisitions).
  • S0038: Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system
  • A0009: Ability to apply supply chain risk management standards
  • A0045: Ability to evaluate/ensure the trustworthiness of the supplier and/or product.

* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit:

KSAs: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-181.pdf

KUs: https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/documents/Requirements/CAE-CD_2019_Knowledge_Units.pdf