A comprehensive cybersecurity program that is regularly managed and maintained is key for protection. Simply installing firewalls and antivirus software does not guarantee that critical company assets are safe from criminals if the firewall is not maintained properly and the antivirus software is never updated with approved patches. There must also be policies and procedures, proper employee security training, and regularly updated operating system patches, to name a few. The “it won’t happen to me” mentality is no longer a valid defense.
Since cyberattacks are no longer a matter of if but when, companies in the food and beverage industry must plan for remediation if they fall prey to hackers, even if it means hiring additional specialized staff to help circumvent these attacks. It’s important to have a plan in place before an attack occurs, rather than afterwards. If companies neglect cybersecurity best practices, they risk legal issues, fines, and souring their brand. They can lose customers, money, and future business opportunities. Because most food and beverage companies use the same IT systems across their stores and franchises, it’s easy for criminals to duplicate attacks and cause extensive damage in a matter of minutes. And thieves are sure to make off with a lot of loot due to the high transaction volume of the food and beverage industry—which also contributes to its appeal to hackers.
Cybersecurity best practices should incorporate a security assessment to establish any security gaps and determine any risks to safe and reliable day-to-day business operations. Reviewing current policies and procedures on cybersecurity and comparing them to government, industry, or corporate requirements can help point out any security shortcomings, and determining how to protect critical assets from vulnerabilities and risks is key to adequately securing data. Most importantly, managing and maintaining a security program will allow food and beverage companies to adapt as new threats surface and as new technology emerges.| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page