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 …

Interpol identifies members of pro-ISIS hacker collective

Members connected to more than 60 groups: Not concerned about hacking yet? You should be. Interpol recently teamed up with Russian security firm Group-IB in to identify the members of a pro-ISIS hacker group that has taken credit for many website Read More …

Failed restaurant bombings reveal puzzling pattern

A series of failed bombings at popular, crowded eating places suggests a disturbing pattern that hasn’t percolated into public awareness yet. The attempts underscore the fact that hotels and restaurants, places where people gather in close proximity, are attractive targets Read More …

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OPERATIONAL SECURITY Meet Osama bin Laden: For a decade, food defense expert Rod Wheeler signed into visitor log books at food processing plants with a fake name: Osama Bin Laden. The notorious terrorist’s signature never aroused any interest, other than from one Read More …

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CYBER SECURITY World’s biggest cyberattack, v. 2? Five years ago Saudi Arabia suffered the world’s biggest cyberattack. CNN reports the country is now on red alert for a repeat—and the implications for companies worldwide should be clear. The elite computer Read More …

The importance of cyber security

Food defense done right includes the very important elements of cyber security. Threats to food corporations can emanate from many directions, including insiders, foreign governments and military, hackers and hacktivists, criminal organizations and economic competitors. The food production and processing Read More …

Maine incident shows potential cost of agroterrorism

By Stephanie R. Ostrowski, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM In the middle of the night on Nov. 29, hundreds of cows were turned loose from their pens at a dairy farm—Misty Meadows Farm—in rural Maine, and refrigeration units to the main milk bulk Read More …