The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) at the University of Minnesota protects the global food supply through research, education, and the delivery of innovative solutions. It addresses vulnerabilities of the global food system through a comprehensive, farm-to-table view, partnering with industry, government, NGO/IGO, and academic stakeholders to help assure product integrity, supply chain resiliency, and brand protection throughout the food system.
Since 2016, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has conducted several projects to understand the cybersecurity risk to food industry ICSs and develop food industry-specific guidance and solutions. At convenings of cybersecurity and food experts from industry, government, and academia, FPDI has identified some of the key contributors to the food industry’s cybersecurity risk environment as well as key action steps food companies can take to protect themselves.
The overarching, most important step is for companies to extend their food safety and food defense culture to cybersecurity, always remembering that insecure = unsafe.