Cybersecurity 

Cyberattacks not only are increasing in frequency, but they are costing victims larger financial losses. As noted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): “Malware distributors have gotten increasingly savvy, and you need to be careful about what you download and click.” Please review the resources below that are particularly relevant to the agribusiness industry. 

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Use the hashtag #BeCyberSmart to promote raising cybersecurity awareness.

Federal ransomware guides

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
Cyber Criminal Actors Targeting the Food and Agriculture Sector with Ransomware Attacks (Sept. 1, 2021)
Cyber Actors Conduct Credential Stuffing Attacks Against the US Food & Agriculture Sector (MEMBERS ONLY LINK) 

Department of the Treasury:
Updated Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments (Sept. 21, 2021)

White House Memo:
What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware (June 2, 2021)

Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA):
Dark Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks (May 11, 2021)
Ransomware Guide providing recommended best practices for addressing ransomware attacks (September 2020)

More CISA Resources:
Stop Ransomware | CISA
Conti Ransomware | CISA, FBI, NSA
Cybersecurity Awareness Month - October| CISA
Cyber Resource Hub | CISA
Selecting and Hardening Remote Access VPN Solutions | CISA, NSA

Ransomware: Watch the CEC session

During NGFA’s virtual 49th annual Country Elevator Conference and Trade Show (CEC) in December 2020, NGFA members and cybersecurity experts explained the basics and discussed best practices for cybersecurity. WATCH: “Cybersecurity Today: Ransomware and Beyond” with Heather Hughes, vice president at Stroz Friedberg, and NGFA First Vice Chairman Greg Beck, senior vice president of the Grain Division at CGB Enterprises.

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