Technology and Farming: Why Hackers Target Agricultural Tech



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Agricultural enterprises that implement various forms of agricultural technology, or ag-tech, are especially vulnerable to potential hacking. As an industry, agriculture may be more susceptible to hackers because many new technologies lack adequate safety measures.

Additionally, a great deal of technology is brand new or only a few years old, and farmers may not be fully aware of the possible threats. Data breaches are a number one concern, though other issues — especially in artificial intelligence (AI) systems or smart sensors — present a significant problem.

Small farms and homesteads may be particularly susceptible to security breaches. More substantial corporations are more likely to have additional security measures in place and possess the capacity to work with third-party systems that ensure quality protection. Smaller enterprises, on the other hand, may lack the resources to set up technological defenses in their day-to-day operations.

Hackers appear to be drawn to ag-tech because it involves newer technology with limited security in place. Farm businesses are also increasing the amount of technology they employ at a shocking rate, with many changes seemingly occurring overnight. The quick implementation of new practices may increase the susceptibility of the farming system as a whole.

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