Food Protection and Defense Institute Warned FDA Prior to Cyberattack

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Researchers from the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) warned the Food and Drug Administration in May that the U.S. agricultural supply chain was vulnerable to a cyberattack. Less than two weeks later, meat processing plants across the country were shut down due to a ransomware attack. Vulnerabilities cited by the FPDI include a lack of awareness of the cybersecurity risks facing the agricultural supply chain and a need for regulatory guidance, standards, vulnerability assessments, and education and training related to cybersecurity. The FPDI is a Consortium member center. Read an article with more information on agricultural supply chain vulnerabilities on Politico. The FPDI’s warning is available on the FDA website.