September, 2020

Heartland Contributes to Next-Generation National Ecosystem Services Marketplace


Heartland Awarded MxD Contract to Expand Supply Chain Functionality in Cyber Secure Dashboard

July, 2020

Heartland Science and Technology Group has been under contract with the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) to contribute to the development of ESMC’s voluntary, next-generation national ecosystem services marketplace conceived and designed to generate and sell quantified, verified, certified carbon, water quality, and water quantity credits for the agriculture sector.

Heartland Science and Technology Group helped develop Version 1 of ESMC’s digital producer portal, the data collection platform that is supporting a growing number of Pilot Projects lead by ESMC collaborators such as General Mills, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Archer Daniels Midland, and The Nature Conservancy.

ESMC is an industry-wide effort to leverage and scale voluntary improvements in farming and ranching practices in a market-based program. The consortium is leveraging a $10.3 million investment from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and a larger total investment of $20.6 million, to develop the ESMC Market.

Scheduled for launch in 2022, the ESMC Market will be a fully functioning national scale ecosystem services market. Focusing first and foremost on the need to support farmers and ranchers, ESMC’s program allows producers to be paid for the value of multiple positive environmental impacts made through the adoption of regenerative agricultural production systems. It will encourage regenerative agricultural production systems while creating sound social, economic, and environment outcomes that benefit producers, local communities, and society at-large.

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Heartland Science and Technology Group has been awarded a contract by Manufacturing times Digital (MxD) to implement supply chain functionality to the Cyber Secure Dashboard tool.

The Dashboard is an ongoing development collaboration with the University of Illinois, the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois, MxD, and D.C. based IT and cybersecurity consulting firm Iviry.

The new functionality significantly evolves the Dashboard – a project initially seeded in 2016 by MxD (then known as DMDII). Initial development of the Dashboard met the needs of small and mid-sized manufacturers who were finding it difficult understand and implement new, complex federal cybersecurity guidelines. Now, the Dashboard has been spun out into a fully functional SaaS business collaboration that addresses cybersecurity lifecycle management and provides critical insights into the cyber security status of entire supply chains.

For more information on the Cyber Secure Dashboard, visit

Heartland Promotes Precision Conservation Through Farm Service Conservation Data Collection & Analysis

December 10, 2019

Heartland, in collaboration with the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, developed and integrated the new S.T.A.R. program into the Precision Conservation Management Farmer Portal. S.T.A.R. is a free tool that assists farm operators and land owners in evaluating their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields. The purpose of the S.T.A.R. program is to motivate those making cropping decisions to use the "best management practices" that will ultimately meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Heartland's technology integration includes data collection via the Farmer Portal, and customized data analysis & reporting functionality.

For more information about the S.T.A.R. program, visit

Heartland Presents CyberSecure Dashboard at NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting

October 10, 2019

Heartland, in conjunction with the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, showed the CyberSecure Dashboard tool at the 2019 NDTA-USTRANSCOM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The event featured over 70 speakers and instructors that ranged from scientists, authors, generals, admirals, and CEOs who brought talks that engaged a record crowd of over 1500 engaged logisticians from industry and government. 

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Heartland Announces MOU with US Department of Agricultures' National Resources Conservation Service

November 13, 2018

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers. The organization provides U.S. farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground - helping both the environment, and agricultural operations.

The Heartland/NRCS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes the framework for a relationship in support of the development, testing, use, deployment, and maintenance of NRCS conservation models/tools. Heartland plans to integrate these models/tools with the PCM Farmer Portal – which will result in significant improvements to the Farmer Portal’s sustainability metrics.

View the Heartland/NRCS MOU here.

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Heartland's Cyber Secure Dashboard Featured in Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Workshop

August 16, 2018

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will host a workshop focused on cybersecurity in the manufacturing sector. At this event, the manufacturing and cybersecurity communities will intersect to explore threats faced by manufacturing companies of all sizes and discover efforts underway to measurably improve the cybersecurity practices of manufacturers.

The intent of this workshop is to promote industry-wide adoption of the NIST CSF Manufacturing Profile, increase cybersecurity awareness, focus on workforce development, and develop low-cost, easy-to-use solutions geared toward small manufacturers. The workshop will feature panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions aimed at collaboratively improving the security and resilience of manufacturing supply chains nationwide.​

Date & Time
Tues, Sept 25, 2018 8am-4pm
Wed, Sept 26 12pm-4pm

Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute
1450 N Cherry Ave, Chicago IL

Registration Deadline: September 18 at 11:59 pm CT

New Manufacturing Profile View in Cyber Secure Dashboard Tool

March 26, 2018

Just after rolling out Heartland’s first major Cyber Secure Dashboard update, the company announced today the latest upgrade to the Dashboard tool – the new NIST Manufacturing Profile View.

Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the new Cyber Secure Dashboard Manufacturing Profile View gives manufacturers the ability to view their cybersecurity posture through the lens of the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Profile.

The Manufacturing Profile is an implementation of NIST's Cybersecurity Framework that was developed specifically for the manufacturing sector as a roadmap to reduce the cybersecurity risk of manufacturers.  The profile is aligned with the manufacturing sector's goals and best practices, and provides manufacturers with the following:

  • An easy-to-follow process to improve their cybersecurity posture
  • A mechanism to assess and manage their cybersecurity risks
  • In-tool access to policy templates and best practices
  • A system to communicate cybersecurity policies and assessments with internal and external stakeholder

The NIST Manufacturing Profile is part of the updated and evolving NIST framework – a federally backed effort aimed at further extending NIST’s voluntary guidance to organizations on reducing cybersecurity risks. Recognizing that cybersecurity risks and recommendations will be unique for every major industry, NIST is in the process of developing and rolling out customized “Profiles” for other major industries as well.

The new Cyber Secure Dashboard Manufacturing Profile update includes the following:

  1. A new, intuitive display that links business objectives to individual security controls
  2. User adjustable risk level
  3. Security controls organized according to NIST standards
  4. Full compatibility with 800-171 and NIST CSF dashboards

Initial development of the Cyber Secure Dashboard was prompted by a recent Department of Defense cybersecurity regulations that requires all manufacturers working with controlled unclassified information to satisfy the NIST SP 800-171 r1 – a daunting task for small and mid-sized businesses. Organized according to the nationally accepted “Cybersecurity Framework,” the Dashboard cross references the DoD mandated control requirements of the NIST SP 800-171 r1 with the cybersecurity control standard, and the NIST SP 800-53r4, and provides industry standard best-practices and policy templates to greatly simplify the complex compliance process. The Dashboard greatly simplifies the process of managing compliance with these complex federal requirements. It helps manufacturers understand, achieve, and maintain compliance – with a forward-leaning approach toward satisfying the continuing evolution.

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Heartland Announces the First Major Update to the Cyber Security Dashboard Tool

March 1, 2018

Heartland Science and Technology Group has released the latest updates to the Cyber Secure Dashboard - a cyber security management tool created for businesses in the DoD supply chain needing to comply with complex new federally mandated cybersecurity guidelines.

The Dashboard update includes:

  1. An improved user interface with upgraded navigation and layout - making the relationships between controls and the myriad referenced federal requirement/guideline documents much more clear and easy to understand;
  2. A new snapshot view that give the user a quick, graphical representation of their compliance status;
  3. A free demo account populated with sample data which allows users to explore baseline functionality and quickly understand how the tool facilitates step-by-step progress, organizational access, documentation of assets, and how a deep, encyclopedic collection of reference documentation can streamline compliance – clarifying the process for both seasoned experts as well as the uninitiated.

The Cyber Secure Dashboard continues to be developed by Heartland Science & Technology Group in collaboration with the University of Illinois, the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, and the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute.

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Heartland to Support Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute's Maritime Port Security Project

November, 2017

Heartland has been awarded a contract to support the “Assessment & Measurement of Port Disruptions Project,” lead by Research Scientist Gabriel Weaver and funded by the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) – a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Weaver’s team of CIRI researchers at the University of Illinois are leading an effort to help owners and operators at U.S. ports and the U.S. Coast Guard to strengthen the physical and cybersecurity of American ports against natural and man-caused disruptions.

Heartland’s role in the project will be to collaborate on the development of a comprehensive framework and a corresponding set of modeling and assessment tools. Ultimately, these tools will enable port authorities to conduct contextually relevant threat-based assessments of complex, unique port infrastructures – revealing the cyber-physical dependencies within ports and allowing authorities to better understand, prepare for, and manage potential disruptions.

Due to the increasing automation of U.S. maritime ports, cybersecurity has become every bit as important as physical security. Modern shipping ports require computer systems in order to accommodate an increasing number of port calls, larger vessel sizes, and tighter supply chains. Therefore, disruptions to assets on these networks have the potential to propagate to other critical infrastructures at great economic cost. Such ddisruptions may be introduced accidentally (e.g. by misconfiguration), or intentionally by adversaries that include nation states, organized crime, pirates, hacktivists, and trusted insiders.  

​For more information visit the CIRI Website, or view the ITI/CIRI Webinar on Maritime Port Security.

Heartland Shows Cyber Secure Dashboard at NDTA-USTRANSCOM 2017 Fall Meeting

October, 2017

Heartland Science & Technology Group attended the NDTA-USTRANSCOM 2017 Fall Meeting in St. Louis to introduce the Cyber Secure Dashboard to USTRANSCOM and its transportation contractors. The event marks the first introduction of the Dashboard tool to the transportation industry.

The Dashboard tool is a collaborative effort between Heartland, the University of Illinois and the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) - a US Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Through a recent collaborative research agreement (CRADA) established between CIRI and USTRANSCOM, the Dashboard will be tested within the USTRANSCOM enterprise – providing important, real-world, industry-specific feedback to Heartland as we continue to enhance Dashboard tool capabilities.

For more information visit Cyber Secure Dashboard.

PCM Newsletter Highlights Partnership with Heartland Science and Technology Group

October, 2017

Champaign, IL - Heartland Science & Technology Group will preview the Cyber Secure Dashboard at DMDII's Technology Showcase in Chicago, IL on Wed, July 12, 2016.

President, Glen Salo, will give a talk on DFARS Compliance and give a demonstration of the new tool recently developed by the company. The tool, known as the Cyber Secure Dashboard, streamlines cybersecurity compliance for small and mid-sized manufacturers, and others.

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Heartland Partner Explores Collaborations with USTRANSCOM

September 27, 2017

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) has recently negotiated a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with USTRANSCOM that will allow the two organizations to test and validate research findings and capabilities developed at CIRI within USTRANSCOM’s real-world, global supply chain processes. 

The agreement will bring new insights to the development of the Cyber Secure Dashboard tool - an ongoing collaborative effort between Heartland Science & Technology Group, CIRI, and the University of Illinois. The tool is relevant to USTRANSCOM's contractors who are facing new federal requirements to meet cybersecurity standards. 

USTRANSCOM will benefit from identifying tools and capabilities that can improve the command’s mission assurance posture by strengthening the security and resilience of its mission-critical supply chain. USTRANSCOM represents an ideal real-world test bed for CIRI-developed capabilities, tools, and technologies – particularly those related to cybersecurity. 

For more information visit the CIRI Website.

Heartland Previews Cyber Secure Dashboard for NIST Compliance

July 12, 2017

Champaign, IL - Heartland Science & Technology Group will preview the Cyber Secure Dashboard at DMDII's Technology Showcase in Chicago, IL on Wed, July 12, 2016.

President, Glen Salo, will give a talk on DFARS Compliance and give a demonstration of the new tool recently developed by the company. The tool, known as the Cyber Secure Dashboard, streamlines cybersecurity compliance for small and mid-sized manufacturers, and others.

For more information visit

Creative Team Launches New Website

June 30, 2017

Heartland Science and Technology Group has launched a new, updated website. Our business is growing, new client projects are rolling-in, and we've hired several new staff members to the Heartland creative team.

We hope you enjoy the new look, feel, and expanded content - and we offer our thanks to everyone in the company for their respective contributions to this welcome new view into Heartland.

Precision Conservation Management Funded

February 12, 2016

When making decisions about conservation practices, farmers must weigh financial risks, consider labor availability and cost, and manage time commitments. But the University of Illinois, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, and 30 other partners with agricultural interests have developed a new farmer service program – Precision Conservation Management (PCM) – to help farmers make those decisions.