Food and beverage producers are tapping into the power of smart manufacturing at a rapidly accelerating pace. They recognize the value of connectivity and the opportunities it provides to gain better insights into production processes; improve food safety visibility and practices; and resolve or help prevent food safety issues. However, with this important trend comes another, more concerning issue: vulnerabilities from insufficient cybersecurity.
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Explore this issueApril/May 2019
Security threats now come in more forms than ever before: physical and digital, internal and external, malicious or unintentional. The truth is that no organization is immune to a security incident. And, more connected operations create more security risks—particularly the cyber variety.
There are a wide assortment of potential adversaries in the world, all with different goals and methods. Food and beverage companies could be targeted specifically with threats tied directly to food safety and the integrity of the nation’s food supply. They also could be targeted as a means of testing attack methods ultimately intended for other organizations or industries. All potential threats pose significant risks to food and beverage operations, brands, and the consumers they serve.
More stringently regulated industries were forced to connect and grapple with increased security needs much earlier than other industries. For a time, the focus among many food and beverage producers remained on more traditional, physical security considerations associated with food safety and quality. Now, many companies are taking a fresh look at their security approach to make it comprehensive and cohesive in a connected environment.