External, insider threats must remain top defense priorities for western food corporations

Bob Norton writing in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: Food corporations with refrigeration plants that utilize ammonia as the coolant could be targeted by individuals seeking to cause mass casualties. A well-placed vehicle-borne IED (VBIED) has been proven to be a Read More …

Dirty minds, common vices lead to cyber-security breaches

Employees actively circumvent cyber-security protocols: Researchers for Dtex Systems, a global insider threat protection company, have found that 95 percent of enterprises surveyed had employees who were actively circumventing corporate cyber-security protocols. Dirty minds and common vices were the driving force behind Read More …

Employee vetting more important than ever in age of ISIS

Two new ISIS cases illustrate need for personnel security: Two cases this week illustrate why it is so important to carefully vet employees, as ISIS appears to be carrying out its strategy of working with radicalized individuals already “in place” in Read More …

Hack of emergency siren system illustrates peril

Warning siren! A recent hack into the Dallas emergency siren system illustrates clearly that our critical infrastructures are imperiled by adversaries who seek to disrupt. The perpetrator or perpetrators remain unidentified at this time, as does the motive behind the attack. Read More …

Alabama poultry euthanized after avian influenza suspected in flock

Officials suspect poultry infected at three sites: Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has euthanized chickens at a farm in Alabama over concerns about bird flu, the company said on Tuesday, as likely cases of the disease emerged in a Read More …

Hackers threaten oilfield security, remind us that the IoT is vulnerable

Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in Texas, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and reported by the Associated Press. As Read More …

Emerging wheat blast could be threat to world food security

Fields were ablaze in Bangladesh, Scientific American reported last April, as farmers struggled to contain Asia’s first outbreak of a fungal disease—wheat blast—that periodically devastates crops in South America. Plant pathologists warned that wheat blast could spread to other parts Read More …

Continuing security concerns and the coming storm with nation states

By R.A. Norton A recent article published by Washington’s Top News probably was missed by most food defense managers. Although the headline is a bit sensationalized, the article, entitled “US official: ISIS has ‘people in place’ to conduct ‘steady’ attacks,” actually Read More …