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Hacking the Heartland (Part 3): Safeguarding Farming Data

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Drive through any stretch of American farmland, and you’ll see miles of reinforced fencing that protects crops and keeps out unauthorized visitors. It’s clear that security is a high priority at these critical purveyors of the U.S. food supply — and, of course, that’s for good reason. However, in an increasingly data-centered world, U.S. farms and agricultural companies have rapidly ...

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Hacking the Heartland (Part 2): Farming Intellectual Property

Traditional American Farm With Blue Sky

Having your trade secrets hacked is never a good thing, but there are certain areas within the U.S. economy where a hacked trade secret could lead way to an absolute disaster. One of those industries that many people don’t typically associate with highly sophisticated technology: agriculture. Nonetheless, the ag industry is currently a top concern in international cyber defense. Cyber ...

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Hacking the Heartland (Part 1): Old MacDonald Got Hacked

Farm with Windmill

What kind of imagery does the term “cyber security landscape” conjure up for you? Chances are, it’s not the wide-open, rolling fields you see on farmlands. In fact, that is the kind of scenery you’d expect to be far removed from the world of hackers and complicated data networks. But it’s precisely this setting where we’re seeing cyber security concerns ...

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Zero-Day Vulnerabilities: What You Need to Know

If “zero-day exploit” hadn’t previously been a part of your vocabulary, 2016 is the year to make the term stick. Cisco’s annual report on the state of cyber security indicated a surge in the sophisticated hacks that fall under the zero-day heading. And that was before a number of recent events drew widespread concern from the cybersecurity field and the ...

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