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“Agriculture faces no less of a threat from cybersecurity incidents or adversarial impacts than any other industry,” says NTCA’s Josh Seidemann. In the above interview, filmed at NTCA’s Smart Rural Community Live, Seidemann, who is NTCA’s VP of Policy and Innovation, provides terrifying examples of potential vulnerabilities as agriculture becomes increasingly reliant on technology.

He reminds viewers that agriculture is fundamentally a business and that the NTCA-member Smart Rural Community and cybersecurity efforts for Main Street apply to farms as well. By their nature, NTCA members are deeply rooted in their communities and have a good understanding of the unique needs of the agricultural community. For example, see this interview with Kanokla’s Jill Kuehny.

The Agri-terrorism term that Seidemann uses means the intentional use of cyberattacks to disrupt or destroy agricultural systems. This could include attacks on farms and associated infrastructure, food processing plants, or even the transportation of food. Agri-terrorism has the potential to have a devastating impact on the food supply. It is a growing threat that needs to be taken seriously.

There are many reasons why agriculture is a target for cyberattacks. First, agriculture is a critical infrastructure sector, and disrupting it could have a major impact on the economy. Second, agriculture is increasingly reliant on technology, which makes it more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Third, farms and food processing plants are often located in rural areas, which may make them more difficult to secure.

Broadband Service Providers as a Line of Defense

As the local trusted technology expert, Broadband Service Providers are in an important and unique position to help build a cybersecurity moat around the communities they serve. The NTCA has several programs that can help BSPs help protect their customers from cyberattacks. One of these programs is CyberShare, which offers small broadband providers an opportunity to monitor the security of their networks. This program NTCA also provides cybersecurity education.

In broad terms, the following offer examples of how broadband providers can help farmers protect themselves from cyberattacks:

The NTCA believes that broadband providers can play a key role in helping farmers protect themselves from cyberattacks. By providing farmers with the tools and resources they need to secure their networks, broadband providers can help to ensure that the food supply is safe and secure.

ViodiTV coverage of NTCA’s SRC Live courtesy of Calix and NTCA.

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