A new report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called Threats to Precision Agriculture warns against the cybersecurity risks faced by the emerging technologies being adopted by the agricultural industry. Known as “precision agriculture,” the technologies include internet of things (IoT) devices such as remote sensors and global position systems (GPS) and the communications networks that support them. These devices generate large amounts of data which is then analyzed by machine learning systems to improve crop yield and monitor the health of livestock.
The DHS report seems to be a nice primer on Precision Agriculture. The security advice, while correct, takes a basic approach that no one in the industry has proper security controls in place. I would have liked to see something talking more about protecting the supply chain, the use of penetration testing and OT monitoring, and leveraging newer technology when it comes to integrity such as blockchain.
As it stands from the security perspective, this paper doesn’t break new ground or talk about uniquely industry specific needs. The risks are legion, so more effort could have been applied.