Precision Agriculture Industry at Risk of Imminent Cybersecurity Threats

A new report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called Threats to Precision Agriculture warns against the cybersecurity risks faced by the emerging technologies being adopted by the agricultural industry. Known as “precision agriculture,” the technologies include internet of things (IoT) devices such as remote sensors and global position systems (GPS) and the communications networks that support them. These devices generate large amounts of data which is then analyzed by machine learning systems to improve crop yield and monitor the health of livestock.

Threats to Precision Agriculture Explained

New security research indicates that there is increasing risk for the technologies that are being adopted by the agricultural industry. The report is titled ‘Threat to Precision Agriculture’ and has been created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These technologies are known as “precision agriculture” and include IoT devices like remote sensors, GPS and communication networks that support them.

Precision agriculture employs a variety of embedded and connected technologies that rely on remote sensing, global positioning systems, and communication systems to generate big data, data analytics, and machine learning, the report explains.

These technologies allow for more precise application of agricultural and livestock management inputs such as fertilizer, seeds, and pesticides, resulting in lower costs and improved yields. A consequence of this rapidly advancing digital revolution is the increased exposure to cyber and other vulnerabilities to the agricultural sector.

The researchers have outlined the potential vulnerabilities associated with the deployment of precision agriculture. Several potential threat scenarios have been identified, as well as possible best practices for producers and agri-businesses.

Precision agriculture technology in the crop and livestock sectors is introducing new vulnerabilities and attack surfaces in an industry which has been highly mechanical. In order to evaluate the risks, the researchers got in touch with several l (Read more...)

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