The National Cyber Security Centre and NFU have issued the guidance in response to the growing use of technology in British farming. The new advice aims to help protect farmers from the most common cyber-attacks including scam emails such as phishing, and malicious software.
More and more farms are taking advantage of the benefits modern farming technology can provide, such as GPS, remote sensors, and farm management software. However, this has put them on cybercriminals radar. Statistics have shown a considerable increase in cyber-attacks on farmers, one of the most common incidents has been spoof farming machinery adverts, often leaving them thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Sarah Lyons, NCSC deputy director for society, said: “Technology plays a huge role in modern farming and offers many benefits that will help the industry to thrive. We are teaming up with the NFU to share best online practice, as increased use of technology also sees an increased risk of being targeted by cybercriminals. Staying safe online might seem daunting, but the actionable advice will help the sector to stay as safe as possible while embracing the latest technology.”
The guidance includes ways to protects farmers against malware, keeping devices up to date, where to go for help and how to deal with scam emails and texts. Stuart Roberts, NFU deputy president, said rural crime was a huge issue for farm businesses, and this included threats from the digital world. "I would urge all farmers to read this advice and take the necessary steps to reinforce their cybersecurity and protect their farm business.”
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