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Cyber Security in AG and CE
Protect Your Operations and Your Partners
In recent years, technological innovation has improved productivity, efficiency and communications in all industries, and the agriculture and construction industries are no exception.
The collection, analysis, and storage of data allows agriculture, manufacturers and dealers to refine their processes, increase efficiencies and comply with regulations as they evolve.
All of these innovative improvements create more and more digital data. Protecting data is the function of Cybersecurity.
In 2016, the FBI identified agriculture as a top industry dealing with cyber risk*. Our current and ever evolving situation begs the question, “how are digital assets protected in an inexpensive manner?”
(*See FBI Warns Farmers of Cyber Targeting as the Industry Becomes More Reliant on Digital Data. By Laurie Bedord, 4/28/2016, Agriculture.com)
It may seem obvious, but the first step in protecting data is knowing where it is. Data is created in many forms: emails, documents to process logs, sensor information, and more. As manufacturers and dealers become more reliant on digitized data, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Additionally, the increase in remote based users escalates the threat of cyber attack.
The size of your operation is irrelevant where security is concerned. Hackers often infiltrate smaller operations to reach their larger objective. The well know attack on retail giant Target, is such an example. Hackers broke in via an HVAC client company, using a phishing email to install malware.
For many, a desktop hard drive is a common data collection site which oftentimes is also serving as a data “storage unit”. And, in today’s world there are many other data collection sites and data “storage units”: Networks, servers, portable devices (such as smart phones, laptops and tablets), and IoT (Internet of Things) devices are all collecting data and also acting as storage units. Of these, IoT devices and sensors are perhaps the most dangerous and need protection as compromising one of these can allow access to the entire network and the data stored on it. For manufacturers and dealers it is crucial to understands the path data travels.
What about data on the cloud? The question must be asked, “how is your cloud service provider managing and protecting your data?” Are there allowances made for third parties to access your data for analysis and visualization?
We cannot overstate how important it is to know where your data is, how it’s being stored, and how it’s being protected.
Secuvant provides unique benefits as your Cybersecurity partner or provider. There are four key areas where Secuvant is different:
We believe our long-term value to each customer is driven by our ability to align our services to their unique needs. We constantly assess and align our offerings with the very finest providers and partners in the world, enabling us to provide enterprise-grade Cybersecurity services to all sizes of agricultural and construction businesses.
Secuvant – “Providing a Clear Path Forward”
Have questions? Would you like to find out more about how Secuvant will improve your security infrastructure?