Farmers and those in the ag industry need to be on alert this spring, according to new predictions from the FBI. The hustle and bustle of spring planting and harvest season have been highlighted as key periods where cyber criminals could look to extort information while farmers are vulnerable. Just a few recent examples include a multi-state grain company suffering a ransomware attack in March and unauthorized access to a feed milling companies’ information in February.

Here are a few tips for keeping your information secure.

>> Regularly back up data and passwords
>> Identify critical functions and develop a backup plan should systems go offline
>> Install computer and software updates as soon as they become available
>> Stay up to date on the latest cyber security awareness and training

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