November 16, 2018Published Article

Ehrhardt Quoted in “Producers Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks”

Manitoba Co-Operator

Michael Best Partner Adrienne Ehrhardt was quoted in Manitoba Co-Operator’s article, “Producers Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks” on November 16, 2018.                               

“…Phishing attacks, data theft and data manipulation are a few of the dangers producers, as well as, everyone else faces, when using digital technology.

Two experts on the subject, Adrienne Ehrhardt of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and Doug Tait of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, spoke about the importance of cyber security on farms at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Man. on Nov. 14.

“With all of the technology that’s floating around there are a lot of threats out there that most people haven’t considered,” Ehrhardt said.

Tait said the myriad of Internet of Things (IOT) devices, of which there are a total of 23 billion connected around the world, are increasing at a rapid rate. He said the total number of IOT’s is expected more than triple by 2025.

… Also, Ehrhardt said producers need incident response plans when they have incurred a cyber-attack, such as having your data backed up, having an IT expert to call and having a process to determine when and where the breach occurred. “The same types of risk mitigation in other industries can be borrowed or applied to the ag sector as well.”

To read the full Manitoba Co-Operator article, click here.

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