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FBI Warns Farmers Of Cyber Targeting As The Industry Becomes More Reliant On Digital Data

In an age when farmers are becoming increasingly tech-savvy, the dangers of this digital age are becoming all too clear. A recent notice from the FBI, with input from the USDA, warns of those threats.

In part, the notification states that, "While precision agriculture technology reduces farming costs and increases crop yields, farmers need to be aware of and understand the associated cyber risks to their data and ensure that companies entrusted to manage their data, including digital management tool and application developers and cloud service providers, develop adequate cybersecurity and breach response plans." 

The two agencies noted that the ag industry's growing adoption of precision agriculture technology may increase cyber targeting activity against the food and agriculture sector with the intent to steal farm-level data in bulk. 

"A recent example of government-authorized big data analytics demonstrates the value of aggregating farm-level data to track and even anticipate crop availability and pricing," the notification says. "Similarly, criminals could aggregate stolen data or steal analyzed data to exploit U.S. agriculture resources and market trends."

The notification encourages farmers to ask their data management companies how they are using and protecting their data and to know which cybersecurity measures are being implemented in precision ag technology.

Click here to read the entire notification including precautionary measures companies should use to mitigate threats.


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