As privateers and nation-state perpetrators continue to successfully probe US cyber defenses, they effectively penetrated the agriculture industry last week. The cyber attackers have mostly ignored any warnings from the US government stating that the critical infrastructure is off limits. Organizations in the US and Europe need to re-assess their strategy for how they do business. When it comes to cyber defense, you and your team are on your own. Technology SMEs have been warning the agriculture as well as industrial companies that they are not prepared for the cyber threat. Not having any ability to respond to a cyber-attack can cause weeks to months of downtime that results in delays in the supply chain. So what should you do? It begins with adopting the NIST CSF standard internally in your organization and externally with your supply chain. Then you need to eliminate the non-compliant, non-certified and untrained third-party vendors in your network. Every hole in your data security plan just increases the probability that your organization is the next in the chain of breaches. As we approach Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, what role do you play in protecting your customer’s data, your ICS, and your network? If you do not know the answer, you are the weak link.
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