U.S. agriculture not immune to cyberthreats

by | May 6, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

Cyberattacks are on the increase and are being used to target industrial systems that are utilized by U.S. agriculture, that’s according to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.

Haines tells the Senate Armed Services Committee the U.S. intelligence community has tracked a large increase of cyberattacks across the world and says that U.S. owned systems have been targeted the most.

Haines says that one large scale attack would be unlikely to completely disrupt service but that the pure volume of smaller attacks is worrying.

She says that all government agencies including USDA need to work in coordination to build the best defense against cyberattacks and to improve biosecurity in the wake of Covid and the ongoing battle against avian influenza.

Haines followed earlier testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray on increasing volume of cyberthreats.