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SUPPLY CHAIN
Critical assets
As cyber crimes against food companies become more
commonplace, dairy processors need to enhance defenses.
by Michael Gordon | dairyprocessing@sosland.com
P
lanning for the unexpected when it comes to food safety
and food fraud can seem daunting, but companies put
themselves at risk if they don't.
The past few years have proven that the industry must be
prepared for the unexpected and that challenges are changing,
with cyber attacks on food companies compromising the food
system. This environment has encouraged the industry to
become more proactive and collaborative across the supply
chain and even with government regulators.
" Cybersecurity is indeed a critical concern for food
processors, as the industry's reliance on continuous production
processes makes it particularly vulnerable to IT disruptions, "
said Mikael Bengtsson, strategy director, food & beverage
for New York-based Infor. " The nature of the industry's
continuous processes means that any interruption - be it from
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equipment failure or IT system compromise - can cascade
into significant production losses, increased waste and unmet
customer expectations. "
THE FULL PICTURE
Cyber security has risen to prominence as a point of vulnerability
for food safety. In order to protect themselves, processors must
fully understand their supply chain, focusing time and money on
critical assets.
" The two biggest areas of concern are data breaches and
ransomware attacks, " said Tim Pope, technical program manager
and acting chief information security officer, Ever.Ag, Lewisville,
Texas. " Since many organizations deal with proprietary
formulations and processes, it's important to keep that
information safe. Having your intellectual property stolen and
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