DHS Warns of Cybersecurity Threats to Agriculture Industry

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.

“Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) are the bedrock principles of information security,” stated the report. “Threats against precision agriculture systems can threaten any one of these. The danger is not just cyber-attacks per se, but any danger which could negatively affect CIA, such as natural disasters, 4 terrorist attacks, equipment breakdown, or insider threats.

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Source: Bleeping Computer