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Symposium to dive into security affecting ag, aquaculture

by | Apr 2, 2021

EASTON, Md. — To help address the ever-increasing threat of cyberattacks against the U.S. food industry, the second annual Cyberag Symposium on April 14 will bring together experts from the agriculture and cybersecurity sectors to discuss and discover solutions to security problems.
Registration is free and the symposium will be held virtually. Registration is now open at cyberag.org.
“Advancements in American agriculture technology have broad security implications for the country, making data security a top concern,” said Mike Thielke, executive director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneur Center, organizer of the symposium. “This second symposium will further build awareness about how data protection can be leveraged to protect the agriculture and aquaculture sectors.”
A keynote address will be given by Boyd Rutherford, Maryland Liutenant Governor. Presentation topics for the symposium include “Precision Ag: A Supply Chain of Connected Technologies,” “Finding a Balance Between Producer and AgTech Company in Data Usage” and “Farm Management and Cyber Security: The Value of Farm-Generated Data.”
While the agricultural industry has historically had relatively little demand for cybersecurity, new innovations and advancements have left the sector in dire need of safeguarding from exploitation and hacking from outside influences.
According to a recent survey by Farm Journal Pulse, less than 20 percent of farmers feel confident in their data security.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cybercrime in 2020 alone cost businesses $4.1 billion in losses stemming from ransomware, phishing, and business email compromise attacks.
Personnel from the FBI’s Cyber Division and Baltimore Field Office will provide information on current and projected cyber threats, with examples specific to the Food and Agriculture industry as available.
Topics will include ransomware, business email compromise, insider threats, and how companies and individuals can protect themselves.
The symposium also aims to provide opportunities for members of the cybersecurity community to become aware of the problems facing the agricultural community.

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