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Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats

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Corn harvesting near Woodburn, IN.

Heavy equipment used by farmers is often dependent on computer systems.

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Executives of U.S. food and agriculture companies say they are collaboratively formalizing information-sharing to fortify themselves against escalating cybersecurity threats.

Last month, the Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), which tracks threats across multiple industries, launched its own dedicated information-sharing platform.

Technology is an integral component of food production, with farmers using distributed networks, remote sensors, edge-computing devices, and heavy equipment often insecure and vulnerable to hackers.

IT-ISAC's Scott Algeier, executive director of the new Food and Ag-ISAC, said, "We're tracking threat actors. We have playbooks that we've developed and our members provide input on that, help track the adversaries, their tactics, techniques, and procedures, how they move around, how you can stop them."

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