Technology leads to vulnerability in agriculture
With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp. It is the agricultural information network.
Technology is making a lot of things possible in agriculture that didn’t exist about 50 years ago…hell, it wasn’t even about 10 years ago…but experts are now saying it’s important to realize that modern agricultural technology is vulnerable to hacker attacks. , which could expose the supply chain to additional risks.
The University of Cambridge released a report noting that automatic crop sprayers, drones and robotic harvesters are susceptible to attack. The BBC says the UK government as well as the FBI are warning that the threat of cyber attack is increasing.
John Deere says it is working to fix weaknesses in its software. James Johnson is Deere’s director of information security and says the company has worked with several ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities. CNH Industrial is also working to improve its security posture. And Benjamin Turner, chief operating officer of a British company called Agrimetrics, says that “hacking a tractor can disrupt a single farmer’s bottom line. Hacking a fleet of tractors can suddenly give you the power to affect yields in entire regions of a country.