Fact sheet: Cyber security basics for internal and small teams

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  • Published: 2 Jul 2021

  • Author(s): John Borchi, Melanie Woodcock, Mitchell Redshaw, Bhavik Raniga

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As agricultural industries’ reliance on technology, data and information sharing grows, so does the likelihood of potentially devastating cyber attacks. Cyber security is the responsibility of all employees, and understanding cyber fragility and preparing accordingly will reduce the risk and impact of a cyber attack.

With the increased adoption of technology in agriculture, cyber security is more important than ever. Businesses and organisations with in-house cyber security teams need to understand where their digital vulnerabilities are, be alert to potential threats, and have strategies in place to mitigate their risk.

Implementing a good cyber security team structure is crucial to managing the key essentials of business: risk and cost. Most cyber security-related threats and incidents are brought about by the things people do (or don’t do).

This fact sheet is one of two that support the report Cyber security threats – are we prepared? A threat-based assessment of the cyber resilience of the Australian agricultural sector. It provides stakeholders in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors with information about what to consider when managing cyber security in-house.